Fall 1991



Fall 1991

Table of Contents


American Theater Watch, 1990–1991

Hard Being Good: Reaganomics, Free Expression, and Federal Funding of the Arts

To Suffer a Sea Change



The Columbus School for Girls


Breakfast After the Blood Test

But Bird

Dirty Dreams and God Smiling

I Have Always Known


Missing Person


The Garden in October

The Idea of Fine Souls

Triage: An Essay


Dances with Historians (on The New Historicism by H. Aram Veeser; The History in Literature: On Value, Genre, Institutions by Herbert Lindenberger; Between History and Literature by Lionel Gossman; Arguing with the Past: Essays in Narrative from Woolf to Sidney by Gillian Beer; Listening for the Text: On the Uses of the Past by Brian Stock; Para/Worlds: Entanglements of Art and History by Donald Pearce; Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method by Carlo Ginzburg, John Tedeschi, and Anne C. Tedeschi; Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History by Peter N. Carroll; Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture by George Lipsitz; & Writing the Apocalypse: Historical Vision in Contemporary U. S. and Latin Ameri can Fiction by Lois Parkinson Zamora)

Lives of the American Poet (on Marianne Moore: A Literary Life by Charles Molesworth; Becoming a Poet: Elizabeth Bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell by David Kalstone; Randall Jarrell: A Literary Life by William H. Pritchard; & Dream Song: The Life Of John Berryman by Paul Mariani)

Under the Umbrella (on Landscape at the End of the Century by Stephen Dunn; World without End by Dan Masterson; Permanent Change by John Skoyles; Raised Underground by Renate Wood; & After by Ann Douglas)