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The arrested heart; familial love and psychic conflict in five mid-Victorian novels
Home and family are seldom glorified in modern fiction. In fact, they are frequently not even important concerns. The disturbances which swirl in modern authorial consciousnesses relate to "larger" problems of accommodating antagonisms within the self, or of accommodating self and other-than-self. The other-than-self takes ...
In Eumaeus' hut
I was ten years old, that wonderful chronological period when one has finally passed into the double figures. Beneath the elm, behind the trellis, a trading post had appearea among us. The days had become treasure hunts for color, texture, form, as through the morning and early afternoon, I gauged the worth of all the objects ...
I am the official guide here at the site of the fountain. At the appointed hour I am to open the gate, take the tickets, and lead the tourists through the exhibit halls while explaining to them, step by step, the events commemorated here. In the old days, when the crowds were large and boisterous, I developed the habit of ...
The concept of gesture in the novels of Robert Penn Warren
In World Enough and Time. Robert Penn Warren's narrator sets the scene in which his protagonist acts out his drama: "It was a violent and lonely land ... Jeremiah Beaumont's land was the Kentucky of 1825, and his drama more than adequately embodies both the violence and the loneliness. What is important, however, is that World ...