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16 Oct 2009

The hope of the poet

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Not until the end of his career as a poet, albeit a mere couple years, does Keats write perhaps his most illuminating lines, clearly communicating the end to which he aspires as a writer: ‘The poet and the dreamer are distinct / Diverse, sheer opposite, antipodes / And that the...

12 Oct 2009

Ben Edwards - The return

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

He was the best, once, now reduced to this. The decaying rooms of this dilapidated construction are not fit for humans to reside, just birds and perhaps the odd rodent. Walking through the huge floor to ceiling windows he heard the crunch of broken glass under his feet, vandals...

07 Oct 2009

This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona: A break with cultural assumptions of identity amongst contemporary Native Americans

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The following dissertation will focus on the short story, “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” by Sherman Alexie. This document will outline continual themes on cultural assumptions regarding identity, and based on the perspective of the short story and its interplay, will...

01 Oct 2009

The personal universal: Pronouns and identity in Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Ralph Emerson's individualist essay, “Self-Reliance”, is an open forum of what is necessary to be independent and skeptical of the ideas of others. Emerson seems obsessed with what truly defines the character of a man, but this obsession seems to stem in part from his own example....

01 Oct 2009

Murdering the past: Influence and immortality in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

On first reading, the majority of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are concerned with death in a variety of different forms. Whether Poe is describing murder, the fear of being killed, characters previously deceased who return to life, or those who still live being buried prematurely, the subject...

01 Oct 2009

Critical review of the series: Twilight

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Janice Radway's article, “Women Read the Romance: The Interaction of Text and Context,” Radway analyzes a group of suburban housewives who tend to read romance novels as an escape from their everyday lives as wives and mothers. Similarly, the popularity of the teenage vampire...

25 Sep 2009

Artistic harmonious balance between the reader's mind and the author's mind

Thesis - 15 pages - Literature

Vladimir Nabokov boasts an impressive resume. As a writer, critic and scholar, he perfected both his own craft, and his ability to analyze the work of others. Similarly, within his texts, he focused a great deal of energy on the manipulation of his readers own reactions, earning him a reputation...

25 Sep 2009

Life as a weed

Thesis - 14 pages - Literature

On a bright sunny day in Brooklyn is where our story starts, where heat dazzles its inhabitants, where street thugs and hustlers hide in their street shops and apartments to avoid the blazing sun. Schools are closed; it is mid-July, the heat of New York City streets boiling even the most...

24 Sep 2009

Analysis: Catherine Hall on Victorian domestic ideology

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

This chapter by Catherine Hall examines one particular factor she identifies as being crucial to the creation of the Victorian middle-class ideal of womanhood. Since the “angel in the house” was already established as a precept by the 1830s and '40s, the author seeks farther...

24 Sep 2009

Tragic consequences: Themes of alienation in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Awakening

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

A contemporary Boston physician responded starkly to The Yellow Wallpaper. “Such a story ought not to be written,” he said. “It was enough to drive anyone mad to read it.” What is it about the descent into madness that is so disturbing to read?...

24 Sep 2009

Critical review: Terrorist

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

This story explores the roots (or some of the roots) of Muslim discontent in America, showing how people who are chafing at what is essentially a culture clash can internalize this into hatreds and resentments justified with polemic and intellectual rationales. The contrast between...

23 Sep 2009

Charlotte Gilman and Victoria Woodhull

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Bookish Charlotte Gilman, with the deft turn of phrase, and flamboyant Victoria Woodhull, shunning social convention: on the surface these are two very different women. But in fact, they were near-contemporaries who influenced important issues of their day and helped fuel dialog and debate about...

23 Sep 2009

Postmodern and psychoanalytical approaches to Lolita

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Considering how multifaceted Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is, it is possible to apply to it a variety of literary theories, all more or less fruitfully. In this paper, I will consider the postmodern and the psychoanalytic approach. We will find that Lolita is very much a postmodern text, despite...

17 Aug 2009

A review of the book "Techniques of the Observer" By Jonathan Crary

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Jonathan Crary in Techniques of the Observer grants a theatrical still modern point of view on the ocular culture of nineteenth century. In this book he has re-approached the complications and plights of visual modernism and social modernity both. Extroverting conventional ideas...

13 Aug 2009

A Proppian analysis on the narrative of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

In the 1920`s Vladimar Jakovlevic Propp, the chairperson of the Department of Folklore at Leningrad University, examined a whole series of Russian folk tales and came to the conclusion that every story contains similar themes and each theme follows a distinct pattern. From this analysis, Propp...

12 Aug 2009

The poems of Gary Soto

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Throughout the three texts, A Fire in My Hands, Neighborhood Odes, and Where Sparrows Work Hard, Gary Soto uses small and normally insignificant items as the focus of many poems in these texts, celebrating them with odes and sharing the stories behind them in narrative poems. He does this in...

11 Aug 2009

Better than others: Eighteenth century reactionism, elitism, and paradise lost

Thesis - 10 pages - Literature

The eighteenth-century adoption of Paradise Lost—and its continuing permanent position—into the canon of English “classics” is a testament to Milton's genius for subtlety and intertextuality. The combination of classical sources, contemporaneous politics, symbolism, sexuality...

11 Aug 2009

The interplay of tragedy, comedy and the grotesque in the storm in King Lear

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Comedy and Tragedy, the two modes of Drama, are usually seen as separate and distinct. Philosophically, they are. Comedy unites; it brings characters into a greater sense of harmony with one another and the universe, rewards the virtuous, punishes the wicked, and upholds the cosmic order. Tragedy...

11 Aug 2009

Time passes: Experience and expression in 'The Years' and 'To the Lighthouse'

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The present unfolds as I trace my way along the thin black lines laid across the page. Woolf writes; I read. We then assemble these fractured signs, these fleeting moments in our conversations to compose a unified “whole.” A scene passes. My eyes discern a pattern and then resume their...

03 Aug 2009

East London love story

Thesis - 112 pages - Literature

They were both children of poverty, born into the dark slums of East London. Yet their worlds could hardly have been more different. Eric De Milo blessed with a loving Italian family and an artistic gift that gave him a chance for a better life. On the other hand, Helena Whitman who knew little...

03 Aug 2009

The Siren and the domestic ideal

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Written during the Victorian age and in a strict society, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray was a book all its own. It is mostly categorized as a satire; however, it speaks volumes about the realities of the time. Women were considered as a property, and the men laid down...

31 Jul 2009

Hellenistic poetry

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Hellenistic poetry arose after the late Alexander period and heavily influenced other styles of writing to come. One contemporary writer of time was Theocritus. Theocritus was a Greek poet from Syracuse poetry in the early third century B.C. . He was considered by some to be a...

29 Jul 2009

The three-part structure of To the Lighthouse

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel, To the Lighthouse makes great use of introspective thought and philosophical questions infused within the prose. It is a novel in the modernist sense, wherein the plot is secondary to the emotional responses sparked by the heavy dialogue spoken throughout the story....

29 Jul 2009

Pastoral images in poetic practice - published: 29/07/2009

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Pastoral “is a double longing after innocence and happiness,” its “universal idea is the Golden Age…it is based on the antithesis of Art and Nature; and its fundamental motive is hostility to urban life. ” As educational awakening started to filter into the consciousness...

29 Jul 2009

Courtesan poetry of the Late Ming and early Qing dynasties

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The strength, talent and individuality of the courtesan poets of the late Ming and early Qing period served to help develop courtesan poetry into a unique and important genre of poetry. Courtesan poets were pioneers that forged a new path in both the social realm and the literary realm,...

29 Jul 2009

Identity theft

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Don DeLillo's main character, Professor Jack Gladney, candidly remarks to his class “all plots move deathward,” and the plot of White Noise proves no exception. In the novel, Don DeLillo establishes a contemporary society where two kinds of people exist—killers and diers—or...

22 Jul 2009

Old stories of love and tragedy - published: 22/07/2009

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet largely pulls from a traditional tale, written and copied for decades before Shakespeare took his pen with an effort to adapt. Shakespeare's version, unquestionably the most famous, tells the story of love but, more, it tells of the tragedies to which that love...

16 Jul 2009

Scaling, airbrush, cropping and other ways to transform a portrait

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis. The times change, and we change in them. In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus certainly transforms over time. At the core of this modernist novel lie issues of religion, art, aesthetic, and conversion. ...

16 Jul 2009

A subjective analysis of what one might term as a lighthouse

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Woolf could choose many ways to describe the Ramsay's to her audience. She could start with a description of their summer home, the price of their rent, or their family lineage in an attempt to engage the reader and establish some common ground on which to build from. But, as...

15 Jul 2009

Gremio and Echoes, Gremio and Echoes

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

What determines a character's worth? Are heroes more important than villains? Importance seems to vary subjectively, as does one's curiosity. In The Taming of the Shrew one may become identified with, intrigued by, or appalled by a number of characters, and as in much of Shakespeare's...

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