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26 Sep 2007
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Eve in Milton and Lanyer

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Aemilia Lanyer wrote Eve's Apologie in Defense of Women in 1611 as a feminist tract within a larger work, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum. Although spoken from an unusual view point, that of Pontius Pilate's wife, the piece is principally about Eve of the Biblical creation story. About sixty years...

26 Sep 2007
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One Thousand Years of the English Epic

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The epic is arguably the ultimate achievement in literature. Its grand scope and its demands on knowledge and language mastery set it singularly apart from other genres. Authors throughout the history of the written tradition have attempted to master the imposing scale and complexities of an epic...

26 Sep 2007
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A Queer Reading of Ginsberg's America

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Famed Beat poet Alan Ginsberg was openly gay, a lifestyle decision largely frowned upon in the society in which the Beat generation grew up. However, such constraining standards were typical of the forces that artists like Ginsberg and his compatriots struggled against. The Beat...

26 Sep 2007
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Class in Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Shakespeare may be a poet for the ages, but he was also a man of his times. In this modern era, judging an artist often seems to require asking: how much does he push against the standards of society? But this is a time long removed from Elizabethan England, an era when Puritans...

26 Sep 2007
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Raising Cordelia: Hope and Despair of Resurrection in King Lear

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Of Shakespeare's many plays, King Lear is certainly one of the most troubling and provoking. In comparison to the comedies and romances, it has a much darker setting and content; but even compared with other tragedies, it seems King Lear is confounded by its lack of a conclusive moral framework....

26 Sep 2007
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Nailed to Desks: Symbolism of the Hammer in Moby-Dick

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Herman Melville's iconic novel Moby-Dick contains in its 135 chapters dozens of symbolic images artfully connected and expanded. The power of the imagery lies in how the symbols reappear throughout, like a juggler's balls constantly in the air. These range from lofty literary and...

14 Sep 2007
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Defining and Studying the Modern African Diaspora (Colin Palmer)

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

There are two main things that are evident in this work. The first is that the concept of diaspora does not only have meaning in the African context, but in other regions as well. The second is that to study a people or a culture, one needs to trace the diasporic movements. About ten...

14 Sep 2007
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Arnold Friend

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. On the surface the narrative is fairly generic. The plot follows a 15 year old girl named Connie who is a typical teen - shallow, and self consumed. She spends her...

13 Sep 2007
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Daddy Dearest

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Your stereotypical, average father trudges in from a long day of work, plunks himself down at the dinner table, inquires about baseball practices and play rehearsals, and retires to bed for the evening news and a moment of peace. This process involves love, commitment, and the ultimate...

13 Sep 2007
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The Greatest Human Conflict

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In The Country Husband, John Cheever introduces us to Francis Weed, a passive country man who leads a lackluster life. The story begins with a plane crash—an event that should be traumatizing and life-altering. However, Frances Weed hardly has a reaction to this frightening setting....

13 Sep 2007
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Children: Soldiers or Stew?

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In the novel, Moses, Citzen & Me, Delia Jarrett-Macauley conveys the narrator's struggle to understand an ex-child soldier. In order to do so, the narrator, Julia, must forge a relationship with the physically and emotionally elusive, Citizen. But, why whittle such a large...

13 Sep 2007
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Keeping the Masses in Line: Critical Studies of Media, Propaganda and the Powers of Normalization

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

According to author Toby Clark in Art and Propaganda, Saliger's paintings, as well as those of other German artists who adopted similar themes, represent “qualities of Aryan superiority . . . [and this] supposedly superior physical beauty was held to be the ultimate...

13 Sep 2007
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Professional Profile: Travel Magazine Art Director This month's writer and designer interviews Jorge Zegarra, art director for Northwest Airlines' World Traveler magazine.

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Jorge Zegarra has been art director for World Traveler since November of 2005. Prior to that, he worked as a graphic designer and then as art director for La Voz magazine. He also worked for two publications of American City Business Journals, giving him a combined total of over four...

06 Sep 2007
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Life's Not a Maze, It's an Obstacle Course

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Life is full of obstacles - there is no doubt about it. Deciphering why people have certain obstacles and how they can overcome such obstacles is often just as burdening as the obstacles themselves. It is evident everywhere that people are struggling with their obstacles. ...

05 Sep 2007
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A Demon in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

As David Bevington states in his introduction to Hamlet, “A recurring motif in Hamlet is of a seemingly healthy exterior concealing an interior sickness. Mere pretense of virtue . . . ‘will but skin and film the ulcerous place, / Whiles rank...

05 Sep 2007
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What are Literary Agents?

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Literature

The concept of a literary agent is often a mystery to those not intimate with the field of publishing. Their function is obscured, and many writers even are uncertain of their purpose. However, since their inception in the 19th century, they have come to play an integral part of...

05 Sep 2007
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Alumni Magazines: Content Contention

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Alumni magazines have long been a source of debate among both their producers and receivers. What information should they include, and what is their real purpose? For the institutions that produce them, they are usually considered a way to interest potential donors, and raise awareness of...

05 Sep 2007
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SELF: A Magazine at its Best

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

SELF is a monthly women's fitness and lifestyle magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. Founded in 1979, its mission statement declares that it is “the first-ever magazine of total-well-being, incorporating beauty and health, fitness and nutrition, and happiness and personal...

05 Sep 2007
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Book Affair

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading is a humorous memoir about reading. Sara Nelson, editor, mother, wife, and friend decides to spend a year reading a different novel every week. She admits, in a favorite quote of mine, that she was not always a reader: I...

05 Sep 2007
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Review of Sarah B. Pomeroy's Book: Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: Representations and Realities

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The study of social history is not a new phenomenon, but some of today's leading historians are shedding some new light on the history of the family. Such is the case with the social history of classical and Hellenistic Greece. Many historians have devoted their time to the issues surrounding the...

05 Sep 2007
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How the Author Uses Juxtaposition of Scenes to Develop Particular Characters and Themes

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The authors Andre Malraux and Duong Thu Huong both use the juxtaposition of scenes that are distinctive, but at the same time linked, to provide commentary on a specific theme and to develop certain characters. In both novels, the characters contemplate their suffering and death. The two...

05 Sep 2007
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Storm of Steel

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Storm of Steel is a very accurate and interesting memoir about a German soldier who served in World War I, written by Ernst Jünger who is regarded as one of Germany's greatest modern writers, and also as a hero of the conservative revolutionary movement following World War I. Jünger...

04 Sep 2007
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The Power of Irony

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Johann Goethe and John Milton both imbed verbal irony in their character's soliloquies which presents two different points of view between what the character is saying and how the reader interprets it. In Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, the reader sympathizes with Werther's intellectual...

04 Sep 2007
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Tom Sawyer as Everyboy, Not Everyman

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, his seminal 1876 novel, has been both lauded and decried by multitudes of readers who almost universally regard Twain in a favorable light. Negative reviews of this work are found most easily among admitted Twain fans—something that seems to stem...

04 Sep 2007
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Successful Admission Essay to a Graduate Creative Writing Program

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in May 2004 and since then I've wanted only to return to the classroom. I miss the stimulating discussions with peers who share my interests in literature, writing and critical thought. Temple's MA is exciting because it offers the rare program in which literature and...

30 Aug 2007
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Marking the body as a form of appropriation and power in Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee and "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee as well as “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka, the marking of or writing on the body as a form of power or appropriation takes place on many levels. In both works, we have the inhumanly cruel military officials of the colonialist...

30 Aug 2007
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Wife of Solidarity, Wife of Destruction

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Every reader of the Odyssey shares something with the members of the first audience to hear the great tale. Every one has a mother. Also, most people in both groups will either have a wife, or be someone's wife. It is this overwhelming majority to which Homer speaks through one of the themes of...

30 Aug 2007
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Vincent Malloy as Vincent Malloy: A New Critical Reading

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

For this reading, it is assumed that there is substantial merit in the ideals described by Cleanth Brooks in his essay, “The Formalist Critics.” The so-called “articles of faith” outlined therein demand that efforts in literary criticism be targeted precisely at the literary...

30 Aug 2007
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Indigo Light

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues examines the ways in which people strive to escape from stifling conditions and find a more peaceful home within themselves. Set in the Harlem ghetto, the story depicts the strained relationship between Sonny, a heroin addict and his brother, a teacher. The...

30 Aug 2007
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Carver

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Some might insist that Raymond Carver's short stories prove hopelessly post-modern—and that may be. However, his work remains the first that ever pulled me out of the writing into a deep pondering of the reality he creates in junction with the kind of people that compose the society...