Issue 23.1


General Issue

Published: January 1990

See the issue summary and contents below.

 9 essays, totalling 136 pages

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This general issue of Mosaic begins with Sheldon Rothblatt’s 1989 Sidney Warhaft Memorial Lecture, “A Long Apocrypha of Inquiries: The Humanities and Humanity,” which examines the state of the humanities. The lecture contextualizes the essays that follow; they re-examine many traditional literary themes, techniques, and genres, including the story frame, the self, the pastoral, Daniele Del Giudice’s New Atlantis, Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, Oswald Spengler’s Decline of the West, and Weir Mitchell’s “George Dedlow.”

A Long Apocrypha of Inquiries: The Humanities and Humanity

Sheldon Rothblatt

The Politics of Framing in the Late Nineteenth Century

John H. Pearson

Pastoralism and its Discontents: Willa Cather and the Burden of Imperialism

Mike Fischer

Atlante occidentale: Daniele Del Giuduce's New Atlantis

Franco Ricci

Beardsley's Reading of Malory's Morte Darthur: Images of a Decadent World

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

Civilization as Spent Culture: Mann's "Infant Prodigy" and Spengler's Decline

Nathan A. Cervo

Phantom Limbs and "Body-Ego": S. Weir Mitchell's "George Dedlow"

Debra Journet

Aggressive Text: Murder and the Fine Arts Revisited

Jeffrey Malkan

The Self-Forming Subject: Henry James's Pragmatistic Revision

Dana J. Ringuette