The response paper challenges Frederick Kiefer’s argument that the euphuistic quality of Hamlet’s “What a piece of work is a man“-speech is not as euphuistic as Kiefer claims and that the ambiguity of the speech is less related to its presumed euphuistic nature but rather to Hamlet’s use of irony throughout the play.
The Praise of Cosmopolitanism: The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville Daniel Thomières Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract This essay is an attempt at reconstructing the logic underlying The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville. Its main focus will be on the function of the Cosmopolitan who represents a key dimension which […]
Annotation as an Embedded Textual Practice: Analysing Explanatory Notes in Three Editions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Lena Linne and Burkhard Niederhoff Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract The present article has two parts. The first part (sections 2 to 5) compares and reviews the explanatory notes in […]
Understanding (Through) Annotations: Introductory Remarks39) Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract This article introduces the special issue on “Understanding (Through) Annotations” and addresses the two topics that are fused into one by means of the brackets in its title, namely (1) the understanding of […]
Anita Gilman Sherman responds to the debate on “Close Reading Donne” by situating a poetics of place and “truth-spots” at work in Donne’s reception within commercial and political interests as well as aesthetic and sensory factors.
Faber’s science fiction novel Under the Skin is an extreme example of our willingness to ‘forgive and forget’ even the worst atrocities. This paper explores the literary strategies that influence our responses to the monstrous behaviour of the novel’s extra-terrestrial protagonist, as well as the cognitive mechanisms that may be involved in our momentary acceptance of the inhuman non-human.
Wordsworth & the Sonnet as Epic Prelude: A Response to Stephen Fallon and Henry Weinfield Brian Bates Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract Brian Bates’s response to Stephen Fallon’s and Henry Weinfield’s debate on authorial influence from Shakespeare to Milton and on to Wordsworth (published in Connotations 26) “builds […]
Self-Imposed Fetters in Four Golden Age Villanelles Frank J. Kearful Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract The article analyzes four villanelles from what has been called the Golden Age of the villanelle during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s: Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night,” Theodore […]
Wordsworth’s “The Baker’s Cart” Venus Bargouth Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract This essay offers a historicized reading of William Wordsworth’s “The Baker’s Cart,” a fragment written between late 1796 and early 1797 at a time of rising bread prices but never titled or published by the poet himself. […]