Academic Memoirs - Essays in Literary Criticism for American and British Literatures

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This series of essays in literary criticism cover almost forty years of Dr. Morrow’s work. The initial section is British literature, followed by American literature, including work on Hawthorne, Dos Passos, Frost, Bret Harte, and Catch-22. The book also contains essays on South Pacific possibilities, and concludes with a discussion of the author’s seventeen-year battle with Multiple Sclerosisand the challenge of continuing to teach.


“This is a series of essays that demonstrates a lively intellectual journey through a number of literary fields and subfields … the essays are invariably interesting … the author does them very well.” – Book Review

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction
British Literature
· Spotlights on British Poetry from Romanticism to Postmodernism
· Prelude to Space Fiction: Doris Lessing’s Martha Quest Novels
American Literature
· A Writer’s Workshop: Hawthorne’s “The Great Carbuncle”
· The Greek Nexus in Robert Frost’s “West-Running Brook”
· The Dada World of Manhattan Transfer
· Yossarian in Wonderland: Bureaucracy, the Alice Books and Catch-22
· Bret Harte, Popular Fiction, and the Local Color Movement
Popular Literature and Culture
· Folklore in Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me
· The West as Idea in Recent Rock Music
· Bret Harte and the Perils of Pop Poetry
· Those Sick Challenger Jokes
South Pacific Literature
· Taffy-haired Brumbies: The Two Families in Patrick White’s “Down at the Dump”
· Bluebeard and The Piano
· The Secret Message for Dad in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Woman at the Store”
Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis: Disabled But Still Teaching Great Books 101

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