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English: Journal of the English Association
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ISSN (Print) 0013-8215 - ISSN (Online) 1756-1124
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  • English Prize Essay Contemporary Realism, Postmodernism, and Bodily
           Feeling: Ian McGuire’s The North Water
    • Authors: Battersby D.
      Pages: 1 - 22
      Abstract: This article examines Ian McGuire’s The North Water (2016) in the context of current debates about the novel after postmodernism. Scholars such as David James and Adam Kelly have influentially argued that a significant body of contemporary novelists are writing fiction which complicates and develops postmodernist concerns and techniques. These claims notably resemble McGuire’s contention, in his recent academic monograph, that realism can ‘offer its proponents an aesthetically and philosophically sophisticated way of engaging with and contesting the particularities of contemporary, even postmodern, experience’. This article focuses on McGuire’s innovative techniques for representing bodily feeling. The central tension in the novel, between abstract concepts and the affective demands of the body, brings to mind J. M. Coetzee’s claim that ‘[t]he body with its pain becomes a counter to the endless trials of doubt’. I argue that The North Water deserves substantial critical attention in its own right, but also that this important novel, with its intense preoccupation with bodily feeling and its anti-anthropocentric stress on the affinity between human and animal life, exemplifies significant trends in contemporary writing. The article concludes with the suggestion that McGuire’s novel, alongside works by several other influential writers, represents, not a reactionary rejection of postmodernist scepticism, but an emerging mode of contemporary fiction that proceeds from the materiality of the body, and which is less concerned with exposing the absence of metaphysical foundations than with testing the value of particular human beliefs and sentiments.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy009
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • The Vicar of Wakefield, The ‘Groce of Green Spectacles’, and
           the Philosophical Tale
    • Authors: Loveridge M.
      Pages: 23 - 40
      Abstract: AbstractThis essay dramatizes patterns of rhetoric and linguistic play in Goldsmith’s tale The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), and absorbs Chapter 12, the episode of the Vicar’s son Moses selling a family horse at a local fair and returning home with ‘a groce of green spectacles’, into these patterns. In all modern readings this episode is univocal, Moses having been duped into a bad bargain, but verbal clues (jokes) in the chapter and information from the documentary background reveal that he has got goods worth many times the amount he paid. The chapter thus becomes double, both natural and absurd, and may then be used as the exemplary moment for a description of the varifocal quality of the tale as a whole, its multiplicity of ways of seeing and of addressing various audiences. The undercutting of rhetorical practice is compared to similar procedures in the tales of the philosophe Denis Diderot: this allows a revised assessment of Goldsmith’s politics. Patterns of rhetorical play and absurdity are contrasted with the tale’s acknowledged ability to engage the reader’s projective sympathy: sentimentalism and anti-sentimentalism are dramatized together.
      PubDate: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efx043
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Food Against the Cold
    • Authors: Burn J.
      Pages: 41 - 41
      Abstract: I will start the year spooning scumfrom potato water. I will mash a little temperin with the butter, reach for salt.Pie and mash, peas and gravy.Food against the cold. Rain that hurts,makes us shiver, hood ourselves underspatchcocked umbrellas. Let usline our tummies with starch, let usinsulate ourselves with flesh.I make my thought into little boats, foldwords into hulls of ch, masts of sh, make portholesof a e i o u. Set them on the gutter-wash –carry them where it will. Half-usedjam pots line the shelf. They remind meof organs kept in formaldehyde jars – one is moulded,little green living things beginning a yearof their own. To grow on a bed of sugar – who am Ito halt their kingdom’s progress'I will start the year pulling hair.Such eager whiskers, a flock of spindleson my chin. I will start the yearan overwrought gargoyle, as I ended the last one,but madder yet. Mirror, mirror – I spya cracked eye. Someone beginning with J.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy014
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • The Violence Inside Her
    • Authors: Burn J.
      Pages: 42 - 42
      Abstract: Close as dawn to sunrise. Bound as air to lights,blink to eye – certain as dusk. Sure as dropped fruitspoils, your thigh will bloom where a palmchased into its skin. You will have nowhere elseto go. You will learn to live with what you know.An out-turned closet. Scissors. Flat, white teeth –these are mnemonics of fear though you could notname it then. It made the threshold a pit. The thingabout smithereen kids is that they keep secrets,keep them as a leaf has kept all its colours under green.Home is where she is or will soon be. You walk to it,slow as frost ferning onto chill panes, favouringthe quiet outsides of your feet. You leave no echoin the chambers beneath – ginger, as if on solesmade of glass, profuse apology in every step.Sometimes you are locked out in the cold.Sometimes your hair is cut back to the skull.Sometimes the dog is hung by its collar, stillpaddling, hock joints bent. You will never find outwhat else she did before your memory became fixed.Your sister burst like a berry. Your sisterwould learn to do as she was told.She sleeps with you and pisses the bed.She is not quite two years old.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy015
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Description’s Repertoire: the Journals of R. F. Langley
    • Authors: Benson S.
      Pages: 43 - 63
      Abstract: AbstractThis essay offers an extended reading of the poet R. F. Langley’s Journals, a volume gradually coming to be recognized as a major work in an English tradition of descriptive writing on art, architecture, and natural history. Langley’s descriptive practice has additional significance today as description experiences something of a revival, conceived both as a form of what we might now call creative-critical writing and within an academy concerned variously with the possibility of a so-called ‘post-critical’ attitude. Following a brief sketch of this contemporary scene, the essay identifies a Langleyan repertoire of description in a series of modest turns on the rhetorical mode of ekphrasis and on the discourse that has accompanied description through the ages.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy001
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • [It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Night an Approximation]
    • Authors: Smith L.
      Pages: 64 - 64
      Abstract: It was a dark and stormy night. Night an approximation:somewhere in the halls of aurality nox shifts its vocablescloser to nacht, the palette rises the pitch of inside vowel,and what we’re left with is night, nightingale, night terrors,time of storms, of coming to terms with a scale of weatherwe’ve only language for: at gale, some cars veer on roads,at storm (whole gale), shingles in poor condition peel off roofs.By storm I don’t mean metaphor. I mean a thing arrivantand conjunctive, additional to the state we’re used toand shifting its weathering. Beyond this lies the removalof the way of life we’ve abraded into – river home, sunrarely, coastal-minded – and we’re holding here againstits chance appearance. In a box, coiled catgut for stringingan instrument’s neck: like weather, silent until stretchedto its resonance. History as that return from the pastwe’ve not found a use for yet. That we’re not meant to.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy012
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • [It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. It Was Rainy Weather]
    • Authors: Smith L.
      Pages: 65 - 65
      Abstract: It was a dark and stormy night. It was rainy weather when you said, soft as eggshell brought to powder,Thing is, I didn’t want this & it brought to mindall the tugboats I couldn’t send back, couldn’toffshore, couldn’t make lead their galleon linersout to breakwater, out from breakwater to oceanshelf, from ocean shelf to where the world’s recyclinggathers itself the smallest island, a set of archipelagos,what the world’s done and won’t take back, or can’t – Nut brittle, back scrubber, the hexagonal panels peeledfrom soccer balls, all milling an eddy. What I’d knownwe didn’t want but had forgotten, like the in-jokein which we were famous meteorologists, inventingweather systems and cloud formations almost at will.And then to realise the world we’d made wasn’t the oneeach of us thought the other thought we were making,the way an occluded front forms as a cold front overtakesa warmer. When you said, There I was, outside myself, I sawtugboats resolutely bringing in all the things I’d harbouredtoo long without knowing.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy013
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Lincoln and Shakespeare. By Michael Anderegg
    • Authors: Kitzes A.
      Pages: 66 - 68
      Abstract: Lincoln and Shakespeare. By AndereggMichael. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7006-2129-3. pp. xvi+222. $29.95.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy007
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England. By Ann C.
           Christensen
    • Authors: Sheeha I.
      Pages: 68 - 71
      Abstract: Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England. By ChristensenAnn C.. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. xiv + 264 pages index. bibl. $60. ISBN: 978-0-8032-9065-5.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy003
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • The Other Exchange: Women, Servants, and the Urban Underclass in Early
           Modern English Literature. By Denys Van Renen
    • Authors: Boecherer M.
      Pages: 71 - 73
      Abstract: The Other Exchange: Women, Servants, and the Urban Underclass in Early Modern English Literature. By RenenDenys Van. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 228 pages.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy002
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Oscar Wilde’s Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of
           Forgery. Edited by Joseph Bristow and Rebecca N. Mitchell
    • Authors: Leonard S.
      Pages: 73 - 75
      Abstract: Oscar Wilde’s Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery. Edited by BristowJoseph and MitchellRebecca N.. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780300208306. pp. 488. Hb. $50.00.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy008
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Rethinking Joseph Conrad’s Concepts of Community: Strange
           Fraternity. By Kaoru Yamamoto
    • Authors: Levin Y.
      Pages: 76 - 78
      Abstract: Rethinking Joseph Conrad’s Concepts of Community: Strange Fraternity. By YamamotoKaoru. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ISBN 9781474250023. 186 pages. Hb. £80.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy005
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • George Orwell and Religion. By Michael G. Brennan
    • Authors: Rush D.
      Pages: 78 - 81
      Abstract: George Orwell and Religion. By BrennanMichael G.. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN: 9781472530738. pp. xix + 184. Pb. £21.68.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efx040
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Reading Contemporary African-American Literature: Black Women’s Popular
           Fiction, Post-Civil Rights Experience, and the African-American Canon. By
           Beauty Bragg
    • Authors: Boyer-Kelly M.
      Pages: 81 - 83
      Abstract: Reading Contemporary African-American Literature: Black Women’s Popular Fiction, Post-Civil Rights Experience, and the African-American Canon. By BraggBeauty. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015. ISBN: 9781498507141, Pb, 118 pp. $40.00.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy004
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture. Edited by Patricia
           Haseltine and Sheng-Mei Ma
    • Authors: Teng H.
      Pages: 84 - 87
      Abstract: Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture. Edited by HaseltinePatricia and MaSheng-Mei. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. ISBN: 9780739192009. p. 167. Hb. £64.88.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efx039
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
  • Notes on Contributors
    • Pages: 88 - 89
      Abstract: Doug Battersby has recently completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of York, writing his dissertation on the relationships between knowing and feeling in late modernist fiction. He has previously published on Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, John Banville, and Joseph Conrad.
      PubDate: Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/english/efy006
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 256 (2018)
       
 
 
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