Collection of essays on various literary texts, unified only by the titular items, i.e., not really at all.
Decent entries by. F Smith on Toni Morrison and M. Cornis-Pape on Pynchon. Best bit is C. Siegel, regarding Laclos' *Les Liaisons dangereuses*.
The rest of the articles are decent, professional, polished, &c.--but they're a bit out of my normal range (Fenimore Cooper, DH Lawrence, Nabokov, Wallace Stevens, e.g.), so I have less interest, even if the critical methodologies are generally oriented toward late 20th century developments and thus are interesting from that perspective. (This last point is a recognition of my own imperfection, rather than a complaint about the volume.)
The collection arises out of a particular academic conference, which explains the haphazardness of its presentation--it is like a journal issue, to a certain extent.
Recommended for literary professionals generally, and nerds who might pursue items mentioned specifically, supra.