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The Confession of an Uncontrived Sinner: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

By Małgorzata Grzegorzewska
Polish Journal for American Studies

Brilliant phenomenological analysis of the ticking sound in Poe’s story.

The Problems of Environmental Criticism: An Interview with Lawrence Buell

By Julia Fiedorczuk
Polish Journal for American Studies

An interview with Lawrence Buell on environmental criticism.

"Don't Believe a Word of It": A Conversation with William Gass at Viola, Prague, August 1, 1995

By Josef Jařab
Moravian Journal of Literature and Film

Travels into History: Ernest J. Gaines's African-American Odyssey in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

By Gérald Préher
Moravian Journal of Literature and Film

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman presents itself as a voyage into the southern past and into its history. Nonetheless, from its very title, Gaines’s novel introduces a paradox since the author and the subject under study bear different names. As opposed to James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912), whose title does not betray the author’s identity, Gaines adds an introductory statement stipulating that the book is partly Jane Pittman’s own rendition of her story. Whether or not he wants to acknowledge it, Ernest J. Gaines belongs to a tradition of southern writers who look backward, and he is also representative of the African-American’s constant attempt to define himself although he is confined to the margins. With The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, he goes back to his people and gives them a voice, describing, through one specific character, the life of any black woman born before the Civil War who might have witnessed the changes that occurred in the South in the aftermath of the war.

Body Matters: Mina Loy and the Art of Intuition

By Ellen McWhorter
European Journal of American Studies

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