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College Literature - Spring 2005

  • Issue Number: Volume 32 Number 2
  • Published Date: Spring 2005
  • Publication Cycle: Quarterly
As a beginning instructor, I invested a few days reading into College Literature, and I cannot say I regretted one second. Beginning with professor Michael Payne’s essay discussing psychoanalytic theory past and present and ending with professor Steven Salaita’s article which asks, among several questions, how the Arab American community as well as the social climate in which they live has changed or remained the same since 9/11, I felt the same excitement as when I was a student sitting in the classroom. Each contributor to this issue teaches at various higher educational levels; their research is thorough, complete with a works cited at the end. Particularly fascinated with psychological and cultural ideas as they intersect with language and literature, I experienced a better understanding prompted by an approach that is scholarly yet friendly. A resource to become acquainted or more engaged in a discipline, each essay explores historical, modern, and possible future directions in the specific theory or subject matter. Equally interesting in this issue: “Memory and the City: Urban Renewal and Literary Memoirs in Contemporary Dublin”; “Desire on Ice: The Menace of Albertine’s Mimicry in La Prisonnière”; “Comment peut-on être Péruvienne?: Françoise de Graffigny, a Stragic Femme de Lettres”; “Evolutionary Biological Issues in Edith Warton’s The Children”; “Consumption, Addiction, Vision, Energy: Political Economies and Utopian Visions in the Writings of the Beat Generations”; and “Receptacle or Reversal? Globalization Down Under in Marcus Clarke’s His Natural Life.” Several reviews are included of books published by university presses. Over 200 pages of welcome discourse. []
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Review Posted on September 30, 2005

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