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Anny Crunelle-Vanrigh – Tragedy and Trauerspiel: John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi

Tragedy and Trauerspiel: John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi1) Anny Crunelle-Vanrigh Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract Critical literature has variously described The Duchess of Malfi as tragedy, tragicomedy, or anti-tragedy. The play actually features two interrelated journeys traceable to conflicting generic backgrounds carefully yoked together. One, shaped by […]

Angelika Zirker and Susanne Riecker – “That we shall die we know”: Historical Fetters and Creative Liberation in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

“That we shall die we know”: Historical Fetters and Creative Liberation in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar24) Angelika Zirker and Susanne Riecker Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract In his tragedy Julius Caesar, Shakespeare builds largely on the 1579 translation of Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, usually […]

Shelby Judge – Blaming Helen in Twenty-First Century Myth Writing: A Response to Lena Linne

Blaming Helen in Twenty-First Century Myth Writing: A Response to Lena Linne Shelby Judge Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract This response to the article “Meta-Epic Reflection in Twenty-First-Century Rewritings of Homer, or: The Meta-Epic Novel” takes as its starting point the author’s metageneric interpretation of twenty-first century myth […]

Shenyou Mei – Forster’s Self-Ironizing in “The Road from Colonus”: A Response to Laura M. White

Forster’s Self-Ironizing in “The Road from Colonus”: A Response to Laura M. White75) Shenyou Mei Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract E. M. Forster’s “The Road from Colonus” is a tale about the loss of inspiration. Its allusions to Sophocles’ “Oedipus at Colonus” and, more recently, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s […]

Francesca Pierini – Romance and Metagenre: A Response to Burkhard Niederhoff

Romance and Metagenre: A Response to Burkhard Niederhoff Francesca Pierini Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract This short essay constiutes a reflection on meta-generic strategies and practises employed by authors of romance fiction. Conceived as a response to Burkhard Niederhoff’s article published in Connotations, it aims at making literary […]

Lena Linne – Meta-Epic Reflection in Twenty-First-Century Rewritings of Homer, or: The Meta-Epic Novel

Meta-Epic Reflection in Twenty-First-Century Rewritings of Homer, or: The Meta-Epic Novel Lena Linne Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract The present article discusses meta-epic reflection in a selection of twenty-first-century novels based on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. It defines instances of “metagenre” and “metageneric texts” as texts which, explicitly or […]

Burkhard Niederhoff – An Introduction to Metagenre with a Postscript on the Journey from Comedy to Tragedy in E. M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread

An Introduction to Metagenre with a Postscript on the Journey from Comedy to Tragedy in E. M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread Burkhard Niederhoff Published in Connotations Vol. 31 (2022) Abstract The article defines metagenre as a quality or dimension of a literary text: the way the text reflects […]

Mark Loveridge – A Sentimental Journey: Lost in Translation

A Sentimental Journey: Lost in Translation Mark Loveridge Published in Connotations Vol. 30 (2021) Abstract This essay argues that Sterne’s pervasive interests in different forms of translation in A Sentimental Journey (1768) result in a text in which fuzzy, occult, and elusive language, calqued translation, wordplay, and suggestion are not […]