Abstract

The article initially demonstrates how Lee Clark Mitchell's misreading of Jack London's "To Build a Fire" as determinist fiction leads him to read against the clear and emphatic intent of the story by forcing a deconstructive interpretation on its repetitive technique. The article then goes on to suggest that some form of this critical methodology is shared by many recent New Historicist and Cultural Studies critics and is related both to the frequent misreading of American naturalist fiction in general and, indirectly, to the decline of undergraduate interest in English studies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 218-227
Launched on MUSE
2010-04-10
Open Access
No
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