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Carl Plasa – “In Another Light”: New Intertexts for David Dabydeen’s “Turner”

“In Another Light”: New Intertexts for David Dabydeen’s “Turner” Carl Plasa Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (2016/17) Abstract As its “Preface” states, David Dabydeen’s “Turner” (1994) takes its inspiration from Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying—Typhon Coming On (1840), more commonly known as The Slave […]

Jayne Thomas – Tennyson’s “Tithonus” and the Revision of Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey”

Tennyson’s “Tithonus” and the Revision of Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” Jayne Thomas Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (2016/17) Abstract This article reexamines Wordsworth’s influence in Tennyson’s 1860 dramatic monologue, “Tithonus.” Tennyson’s poem sounds with well-tracked Wordsworthian echoes and allusions, many of which allude directly to “Tintern Abbey” (1798); critics have pointed […]

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 (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 light […]

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 (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 the […]

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 (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 imagination […]

Ralph Grunewald – Poetics of Injustice: The Case of Two Mockingbirds

Poetics of Injustice: The Case of Two Mockingbirds Ralph Grunewald Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (2016/17) Abstract This article is based on the understanding that in law questions of guilt are often reduced and simplified, whereas literary texts can provide a more encompassing picture of a person’s blameworthiness. That leads […]

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 (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 to […]

Jane Hedley – Black Ekphrasis? A Response to Carl Plasa

Black Ekphrasis? A Response to Carl Plasa Jane Hedley Published in Connotations Vol. 26 (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 history’ […]