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22 Apr 2009
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A review of the book An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Reading An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison, was much like driving by the scene of a horrible car wreck. We snuck a peek, turned a page, faced disturbing images and soon became entwined with gut wrenching emotions that made us want to run away. As if transfixed by a cavalcade of emergency...

21 Apr 2009
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"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," book series; and why it has a deep connection with American teen girls

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The "Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants," consists of four books. These books have solidified the series as a literary masterpiece that has been heralded as a great work for young people. It has been celebrated as a wonderful literary effort. The books evoke thoughts of serene and...

16 Apr 2009
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The one sided battled between man and nature

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

As long as the existence of literature, writers have sought to provide insight on the battle between man and nature. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the unyielding power of nature and the dire consequences of man's desire to conquer nature, play out in this cautionary tale. Two examples that will...

16 Apr 2009
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Science in action: Review

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Latour suggests that the construction of facts and machines is a collective process. He argues that there is nothing inherent in a statement that makes it a fact; rather it is the future processes of others who accept it, support it, ignore it, challenge it, etc wherein the destiny of a statement...

15 Apr 2009
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Catastrophe and image, international post-modern fiction

Thesis - 11 pages - Literature

I have found two common, linked problems under scrutiny in three short stories by non-American authors. The three stories are “And of Clay We Are Created” (Isabel Allende), “The Laugher” (Heinrich Böll), and “The Street-Sweeping Show” (Feng Jicai), and the problems...

13 Apr 2009
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Divided We Fall:Gender, Androgyny, and the troubled union of Adam and Eve

Tutorials/exercises - 7 pages - Literature

The single most important question at the center of John Milton's Paradise Lost is the question of predestination. The poem hinges on the assertion that mankind has been created “sufficient to have stood, yet free to fall” (III.99); if we do not accept this assertion, and instead...

07 Apr 2009
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Masquerade in seductive fictions

Book review - 9 pages - Literature

In her Masquerade and Civilization, Terry Castle hypothesizes that the concept of “masquerade” is central to 18th century consciousness, and provides an intriguing insight into how the self was conceived of in “the age of disguise”(Castle, 5). Implicit in the idea of...

06 Apr 2009
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Ethics and faith in "Fear and Trembling"

Thesis - 8 pages - Literature

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote about himself, saying “Once I am dead, Fear and Trembling alone will be enough for an imperishable name as an author” (Kierkegaard's Papirer). Undoubtedly one of his most popular works, it is no surprise he could foresee the endless amount of philosophical...

06 Apr 2009
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Dorothy Day (Part III): Nonviolent resistance

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The Catholic Worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin whose aim is to “live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ.” As the name indicates, the Catholic Worker Movement was heavily influenced by Catholicism, yet not restricted to simple...

06 Apr 2009
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Machiavellian strategies in Koestler's "Darkness at Noon"

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

What would it be acceptable for a society to sacrifice in order to achieve a utopia? Does this utopia exist, and if so, is it even possible to achieve it? Is it possible to build paradise from concrete? Arthur Koestler, in his novel Darkness at Noon , demonstrates...

06 Apr 2009
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Dual critique: "The American Scholar" and "The Poet"

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Emerson begins “The American Scholar” by declaring, “I accept the topic which not only usage, but the nature of our association, seem to prescribe to this day - the AMERICAN SCHOLAR” (53). These opening lines are incredibly specific; the atmosphere in which he finds himself...

02 Apr 2009
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Shakespeare's Shylock: A sympathetic portrait of a Jew in an anti-semitic culture

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice plays host to one of the most complex and intriguing characters of the accomplished playwright's literary canon. In the character of Shylock, Shakespeare presents a view of the Jews that is, while still negative by the standards of modern...

01 Apr 2009
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"Sisters and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali ": A review

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

Megan Jennaway's theoretical framework in the first half of Sisters and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali, fuses feminist anthropology, Marxist power asymmetry discourse, and postmodernist concerns of representation and reflexivity. She posits that sexuality and desire have not been explored in...

20 Mar 2009
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Greek and Shakespearean influences on Olivier's Hamlet

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Staging and adaptation is around us everywhere today, but not too many people put much thought into where the origins of our modern television, movies, and theater come from. We as the 21st century have come a long way from the beginning of theater to where we are now but not all the...

18 Mar 2009
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Reflections of race and American culture in the 'Tom' show

Thesis - 10 pages - Literature

In Martin Scorsese's 2002 film Gangs of New York, the two main characters-Amsterdam Vallon (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (played by Daniel Day-Lewis)- attend a 'Tom' show (a stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin) in New York City. In this scene,...

18 Mar 2009
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The duality of Holocaust literature

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

Other than the odd revisionist, the vast majority of sentient humans will attest to the horror that was the Holocaust. Unfortunately, those who can give first hand testimonies are few in number and quickly disappearing. The story gets even more muddled when psychologists protest...

18 Mar 2009
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Ulysses and Androgyny: Bloom as modernity's new womanly man

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

"Is he a jew [sic] or a gentile or a holy Roman or a swaddler or what the hell is he?or who is he?" (Ulysses 438) asks Ned Lambert regarding the character of Leopold Bloom to the pub-dwellers at Barney Kiernan's. This appears to be a predominant question that runs through Ulysses and...

18 Mar 2009
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The impact of poetry and literature on the father-son relationship in John Stuart Mill's 'Autobiography' and Edmund Gosse's 'Father and Son'

Book review - 9 pages - Literature

When comparing John Stuart Mill's Autobiography and Edmund Gosse's Father and Son, one cannot ignore the fact that the two are very similar with respect to the strong father-son relationship that both James Mill and Phillip Gosse had with their sons. Mill's and Gosse's primary influence...

18 Mar 2009
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The quotidian interrupted: The fantastic in the everyday and its familial consequences in Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis';

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

"In front of this monstrous creature I refuse to pronounce my brother's name, and therefore I merely say: we have to get rid of it [emphasis mine]?All you have to do is try to shake off the idea that that's Gregor" (47), cries Grete to her father as tempers and patience flare at the end...

18 Mar 2009
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Italian futurism and art: Poetry, theatre, and war

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

“Erect on the summit of the world, once again we hurl our defiance to the stars!” (MASD 253), cries Marinetti in “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism 1909”. A very passionate, yet aggressive statement which, when analyzed, serves as a very pertinent encompassment of...

05 Mar 2009
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Solving the human problem: Mrs. Alving, Juno Boyle and tragic motherhood

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

In Raymond Williams' Modern Tragedy, the famous scholar provides an outstanding explanation for the roles of tragic hero and tragic action in modern drama. He argues that "the ordinary tragic action is what happens through the hero" (79, italics are mine). In consequence, the modern tragic...

05 Mar 2009
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The Threepenny Opera and the Musical Gestus of Kurt Weill

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

These characteristics which Salten describes seem to relate to the concept of gestus, which is a difficult word to interpret but nevertheless has become the crucial link connecting Brecht's theories of acting, playwriting and theatrical production. In epic theatre, actors become demonstrators...

05 Mar 2009
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"From the purpose of playing": Determining a text of Hamlet

Thesis - 14 pages - Literature

In the introduction for Hamlet in William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion, Gary Taylor writes that "of all the two-text plays, Hamlet comes closest to Lear in the scale and complexity of the textual variation apparently resulting from authorial revision" (401). Indeed, Hamlet's three...

26 Feb 2009
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August Strindberg and scenic symbolism

Case study - 6 pages - Literature

Although Strindberg claimed not to be a symbolist through much of his career, there are a number of symbols used in his plays. Strindberg's plot and characters have symbolic value, but they are used especially in the scenery - both environmental scenery and physical scenery. To explain...

26 Feb 2009
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The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's comedy Stanislavski's tragedy

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

When Anton Chekhov began his play The Cherry Orchard in December 1902, he intended it to be a farce in four acts. Having written it during a particularly awful bout with emphysema, it took almost a year for him to send it out to Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theatre, where it had been eagerly...

20 Feb 2009
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Witches in Popular Children's Fiction: A look at the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in select works of fiction since the 17th century

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Witches are very interesting group of people to read about. They have been at odds or different from the main-stream culture, and their practices and doings have been shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and evil-doing. For these reasons, witches make interesting characters in fictional stories, and...

20 Feb 2009
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Critical analysis of 'A Lesson before Dying'

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Ernest J. Gaines wrote the novel, 'A Lesson before Dying' in which he highlighted the problems faced by the blacks during the 1940's in the South. However, the contextual time for the novel covers a whole century into until 1964. He writes about the complete devastation faced by the...

05 Feb 2009
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Ideological Ephemera: Why Zines will survive the internet ?

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

According to some arguments of literary analysis, Zines should have ceased to exist, or at least should be well on their way to a doomed demise, some years ago. The availability and accessibility of blogs, web journals and social networking sites ostensibly offer ample outlets for the immediate...

05 Feb 2009
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The novel "Charlotte Temple" as an example of a popular novel

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The novel Charlotte Temple is an example of what I believe to be a "popular novel". Charlotte Temple's appeal was born out of its solicitous plea to a generation of women who held a particular station in society. It warned them of dangers while morally evangelizing and...

05 Feb 2009
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The myth of the contented slave

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The definition of contentment is to feel or manifest satisfaction with one's possessions, status or situation. Leslie Howard Owens holds to the opinion that the "contented slave" is a "myth". In his book, "This Species of Property" the personality and attitudes of southern...