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Henry Weinfield – “When Contemplation like the Night-Calm Felt”: Religious Considerations in Poetic Texts by Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth

“When Contemplation like the Night-Calm Felt”: Religious Considerations in Poetic Texts by Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth Henry Weinfield Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (ongoing) (2016/17) Abstract This essay discusses the influence of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 15 (“When I consider everything that grows”) on Milton’s Sonnet 19 (“When I consider how my […]

Robert Lance Snyder – “An Unparalleled Plethora of Idiocy”: Len Deighton’s Political Skepticism in The Ipcress File

“An Unparalleled Plethora of Idiocy”: Len Deighton’s Political Skepticism in The Ipcress File Robert Lance Snyder Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (ongoing) (2016/17) Abstract As an espionage thriller The Ipcress File (1962) conveys a profound skepticism about all political ideologies regnant during the Cold War. Len Deighton exposes not only […]

Gary Totten – Edith Wharton’s Geographical Imagination: A Response to Judith P. Saunders

Edith Wharton’s Geographical Imagination: A Response to Judith P. Saunders Gary Totten Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (ongoing) (2016/17) Judith Saunders’s article, “Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed and Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’: Re-Creating Xanadu in an American Landscape,” is a thoughtful study of Wharton’s literary influences and their effects on her geographical […]

Thomas Kullmann – Is Timon Mad? An Answer to Beatrix Hesse

Is Timon Mad? An Answer to Beatrix Hesse Thomas Kullmann Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (ongoing) (2016/17) In her response to Maurice Charney’s and my own interpretations of Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Beatrix Hesse comments on the supposed similarity between Shakespeare’s Timon and Nabokov’s Charles Kinbote. While I do not wish […]

Jane Hedley – Black Ekphrasis? A Response to Carl Plasa

Black Ekphrasis? A Response to Carl Plasa Jane Hedley Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (ongoing) (2016/17) In “Ekphrastic Poetry and the Middle Passage,” Carl Plasa re-purposes Adrienne Rich’s assertion that for writers who are women, “entering an old text from a new direction” is “not just ‘a chapter in cultural […]

Donald Cheney – The Mysterious Genesis of Paradise Lost

The Mysterious Genesis of Paradise Lost Donald Cheney Published in Connotations Vol. 9.1 (1999/2000) A poem or any other product of mental labor (such as this essay) naturally lends itself to procreative metaphors. It seems to have dwelled—or to give promise of being about to have dwelled—within us for months, […]