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20 Feb 2024

The Return: A Rhapsody - Tao Yuanming (2019)

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

Tao Yuanming writes The Return: A Rhapsody immediately after retiring from official work. He was one of the few Chinese nationals who held an official position in government during the early civilization period. He is haunted by memories of his past and in his old age, he does not see any change...

13 Jan 2024

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (1813) - Money

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

Money, a theme that had been the focus of many novels over the last few centuries. No novelist, however, has mastered to approach it in such a unique manner as Jane Austen. During the Regency period, when wealth and status defined relationships, Jane Austen wrote and published her illustrious...

13 Jan 2024

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (1813) - Love

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

Love, a theme that has been the focus of many novels over the last few centuries. No novelist, however, has mastered to approach it in such a unique manner as Jane Austen. During the Regency Period in 1813, Jane Austen wrote and published her illustrious novel Pride and Prejudice, where she...

17 Nov 2023

Leviathan - Paul Auster (1992) - How the Dead Man is Depicted in this Extract?

Text commentary - 3 pages - Literature

Ā«LeviathanĀ» by Paul Auster is a roman published in 1992. In this short extract, an unknown and unnamed narrator, after reading some news about a man who blew himself up on the side of a road, is about to tell this man's story. In this text's commentary, we are going to see in a more...

17 Nov 2023

Cat in the Rain - Ernest Hemingway (1925)

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

This story takes place after WW1, a lot of Italian's people have perished during this major conflict and, this monument is the sign of the great loss the nation is feeling. War is still fresh in memories and while the American couple is here in the context of vacation, Italian people come a...

17 Nov 2023

A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams (1947)

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Literature

The document studies the relationship between Stanley Kowalski and Stella Kowalski as well as a passage from Scene V. The latter is the following: In this extract, Blanche is waiting for Mitch to come to pick her. While doing this, a young paperboy arrives and this scene occurs. Blanche, an...

16 Nov 2023

Sheet on films, novels, and poems

Book review - 10 pages - Literature

This document contains a number of fact sheets on films, novels and poems, detailing the themes, characters and symbols.

13 Nov 2023

Beloved - Toni Morrison (1987)

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The novel is about the horrors of slavery and how its trauma is bequeathed from generation to generation. Former slaves, such as Sethe, Paul D, or Baby Suggs seem unable to let go of a past when their identities were shattered at the core, they were treated as mere animals or conveniences,...

17 Oct 2023

The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009)

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

The whole story is narrated in the second person by Akunna, a young Nigerian woman who has just immigrated to the United States of America. Akunna seems to be different from everyone else around her since almost everyone she engages with asks questions regarding her ethnic background, her accent...

27 Sep 2023

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner (1930) - Chapter 31

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

Faulkner has always pointed out that he wrote As I Lay Dying only in a few weeks, while he was still working on Sanctuary. A reference to the eleventh Song in Homer's Odyssey, the title right away foreshadows a Homeric epic. As part of the movement called stream of consciousness, Faulkner...

05 Sep 2023

Wireless, The Voice - Agatha Christie (1925) - Questions and exercises

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Literature

This document includes questions, a translation exercise and a creative writing exercise based on an extract of the short story Wireless, written by Agatha Christie.

31 Aug 2023

Modernists of the 30s - Comparative essay

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Literature

This document is an essay on the modernist movement, which appeared in the 1930s, and its followers (writers, poets, philosophers, etc.)

26 Aug 2023

The thing around your neck, A private experience - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 2009

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Literature

In this other short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, two women help each other to find shelter in an abandoned store, after running with no rest, in a hurry. One is clearly Muslim, the other, Chika, seems to be Christian. In an atmosphere of dictatorship and ethnic tensions, they have escaped a...

26 Aug 2023

The Thing Around Your Neck, The American Embassy - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009)

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The document is a 200-word review of the chapter "The American Embassy" of the short story "The Thing Around Your Neck" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

26 Aug 2023

Recitatif - Toni Morrison (1983) - Race as a social construct

Text commentary - 4 pages - Literature

"Recitatif" of Toni Morrison only short story follows a fairly traditional structure: the narrator relates several episodes in her life, all centered around chance encounters with a childhood friend. Yet the narrative is thoroughly informed by an experiment in omission. Indeed, the two...

26 Aug 2023

Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin, J. (2017) - How can a black man, marginalized and silenced, dehumanized, can see in his struggle the struggle of mankind?

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

In the eponymous section of his most celebrated collection of essays, "Notes of a Native Son", James Baldwin, one of the most prominent African-American writers of the last century, explores questions of race through a very personal lens: he recounts his relationship with his father and his...

18 Jul 2023

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley (1818)

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

The text studied is an abstract from the novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. Its genre is fantastic, or horror novel. It is sometimes considered to be a gothic novel.

27 May 2023

King Lear - Shakespeare (1606) - A tragedy from the Renaissance

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

The violent language used by King Lear in his speech, marking his anger, leads us to another characteristic: the role of art as an instrument of knowledge. Indeed, King Lear's speech evolves through the extract. In the beginning, Lear orders the storm ("Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!...

25 Apr 2023

Is There a Single Right Interpretation? - Peter Lamarque (2002) - [I]t would be a mistake to give up the truth-seeking aspiration of interpretation altogether

Text commentary - 4 pages - Literature

Lamarque argues that abandoning the pursuit of truth-seeking in interpretation would be a mistake. In this reflection, I will delve into the significance of truth-seeking in interpretation, drawing on relevant documents and scholarly discourse in the field of literary studies. In his statement,...

08 Mar 2023

The Depiction of Women's Struggles Against Patriarchal Power Structures in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments - Proposal

Dissertation - 6 pages - Literature

The document is an outline of a thesis about Margaret Atwood's depiction of women's struggles in her works. The project explores the depiction of women's struggles against patriarchal power structures in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and its sequel, The Testaments....

05 Feb 2023

West African Anglophone Literary Productions

Course material - 21 pages - Literature

By and large, the objective of this course is to get students in the humanities to cast a meaningful glance at the landscape of the aesthetico-social and political realities which have affected the continent, ever since slavery days through colonization up to the contemporary stage, in the prism...

02 Jan 2023

Hap - Thomas Hardy (1866) - Structuralist critic

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Hap is one of Thomas Hardy's first famous poems, written in the 1860s when he was still in his twenties. Its theme is one that would reoccur throughout both Hardy's poetry and fiction: the apparent unpredictability of the world and how our fortunes (and misfortunes) are the consequences...

25 Dec 2022

British and American literature up to the 18th century

Text commentary - 1 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's sonnets deal with themes of life such as love, the passing of time, old age and death. They are therefore universal themes that still speak to us today. Among these sonnets, I chose sonnet 73 which deals with the theme of old age because it is a theme that is not sufficiently...

27 Nov 2022

The Tempest - William Shakespeare (1610) - How does Shakespeare use the supernatural to establish the status of characters in the Tempest?

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The Tempest is a play written by William Shakespeare in which the author uses the supernatural throughout the play. For example, the storm that appears in the very first scene of the play is a manifestation of the supernatural. There are other supernatural things in the play, Shakespeare uses...

26 Nov 2022

Beowulf vs Gilgamesh

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

It is reasonable that not every quest concludes in the manner in which it was initially intended; it was the lesson that two mythical heroes, Gilgamesh and Beowulf, had to learn. One of the heroes went on a quest to find eternity while the other sought to find power and wealth, but both did not...

22 Oct 2022

Dialogue between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Creative writing - 3 pages - Literature

It was a very sunny afternoon in London. I remember how full the streets were. I had some troubles walking through the thick crowd, and sometimes jostled some people. Indeed, this day, I was out because I had a very important appointment with a very important person. I was called a few days ago...

06 Sep 2022

A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf (1929) ; Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley (1818) - The Quest for Education

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

While analyzing A Room of One's Own and Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, the quest for education among the youth in England and the prejudices they had to overcome in their quest to receive an education will be explored. The characters will elaborate on various social and system hurdles...

02 Sep 2022

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje (1992) - The complexity of identity

Text commentary - 2 pages - Literature

Michael Ondaatje's thriller novel, The English Patient, tells the stories of various characters after the war that disrupted their lives changed their culture and challenged their identity. Most of the characters have endured traumatic experiences that Ondaatje makes apparent by employing...

24 Aug 2022

The picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde (1890) - Do the seeds of Dorian Gray's destruction ultimately lie in Dorian's self-hatred?

Text commentary - 1 pages - Literature

From the beginning of the novel, Dorian portrays the essence of male beauty and youth. Basil is taken aback by the perfection in Dorian's appearance. Lord Henry is friends with Basil. Basil is hesitant for Lord Henry to be introduced to Dorian. Basil knows the ways of Lord Henry and is well...

23 Aug 2022

The Crucible - Arthur Miller (1953) - Act-by-act summary

Book review - 8 pages - Literature

This document is a synopsis of the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, in which we can first read of presentation each character, followed by an act-by-act summary. John Proctor is a serious man who keeps all of his thoughts private. He protects his position of power in the community but sees...