The Tempest George Guffey writes that no other Restoration text has been as maligned as the Dryden-Davenant rendition of the Tempest by William Shakespeare. Guffey argues that other scholars not only assailed the work, calling it a monstrous piece, but they are ruthless in their attacks on the authors. Dryden-Davenant adaptation is credited for starting the tradition of fanciful rewritings of Shakespeare’s plays in ways that loosely represents the original to cater for social, political, and philosophical tastes of a period. Part of the criticism relates to the sexist representations of the characters in the adaptation. There is sexual repression in the play where patriarchy tries to police the female body and to hold women back from sexual
In many ways though, it was not a happy birth. In their article on Gravity’s Rainbow and Thomas Pynchon, Novels for Students suggests that Pynchon is involved in a thorough critique of post-WW2 society for its moral and emotional failings (“Thomas” 53). Most sources seem to agree on the role of Pynchon’s opinions in his novel. Scott Trudell, in an essay on the role of sexuality in Gravity’s Rainbow explains that “an alternative example of Pynchon’s suggestion that the death drive is a cultural phenomenon of the postwar world is the illicit relationship of Roger and Jessica” (68). This is in reference to a relationship in the novel that has famously fallen apart by the final act.
For his complex and fragmented language which “seems designed to appeal primarily to the reader’s intuition,” the most well-intentioned explanation is that Bhabha uses this style of writing in purpose of making a strange feeling, avoiding the familiar “parameters of Western knowledge” (Huddart 10). The second query to Bhabha by some critics is his unquestionable utilization of psychoanalytic theory. Robert Young has in his White Mythologies (2004) doubted that there is lack of analysis and critiques when Bhabha brings the “transcendental categories of psychoanalysis” to “the analysis of the historical phenomenon of colonialism” (184). Young, however, does not extend this
Duplicity is also evident in the author’s own life, especially in regards to his private life, sexuality, and subsequent imprisonment for sodomy. On the surface, much like the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde was respectable. His father was a surgeon, he attended Oxford University, and eventually married and had two kids. However, he also made no attempt at hiding the homosexual relationship he had with the young poet Lord Alfred, which, at the time, was not only considered to be morally reprehensible, but illegal as well (Norton 1720-1721). In this way, Wilde calling out those who live a double life while he, in a sense, was living one of his own, is also hypocritical.
Throughout history, there have been many controversies concerning books causing them to either be challenged or straightforwardly banned. For a lot of these books, they are banned in certain regions due to viewer discretion, such as the case with the mature topics noted in J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a picaresque novel by Mark Twain, however, is generally distinguished as a racist, due to diction, and for that reason one of the most challenged books of all time. Despite the negative connotation surrounding banned books, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, their people who will argue the book's impact on the world.
The title of the book came from the Cockney expression ‘as queer as a clockwork orange’ which meant ‘very queer indeed’. The phrase could be interpreted in a sexual manner but it wasn’t always so. Burgess first thought of the title and found a vast potential in it even before he had visualised the plot or the story. The author has often been criticised for writing violent scenes in the novel due to the popularity of the cinematic adaptation by Kubrick and thus he wrote in the year 1972 – “It was certainly no pleasure to me to describe acts of violence when writing the novel.”
Stephen King, one of the most notorious, shocking, controversial, and not to mention, best-selling authors of the 20th and 21st century, had many things to say regarding the estranged novelist Jack Ketchum. More specifically, his novel, “Off Season”: “If you read ‘Off Season’ on Thanksgiving, you probably won’t sleep until Christmas”. This famous quote by King has gone as far as being the headline on the novel’s front cover in most recent editions, mostly due to Ketchum’s cult status among readers; Stephen King’s praise being used as advertisement. Although Ketchum is known primarily for a novel titled, “The Girl Next Door”, vaguely about the torture of an innocent babbysitter, Off Season has been said to be placed second after The Girl Next
1. Introduction As one of the most controversial authors of British Modernist fiction, David Herbert Lawrence dealt with themes such as human relationships, sexuality and gender issues. He was often criticized for his freedom of speech that he developed through his characters, putting the emphasis on their position in the society. “D. H. Lawrence occupies an ambiguous position in British culture, simultaneously associated as he is in the public consciousness with the realms of high art, popular romantic fiction and soft porn.” (Taylor 105) It is why his novels were of a huge importance when it comes to film adaptations, since they were created boldly, without a censure, exploring the relationships between men and women, and even some homosexual and bisexual.
over a long period of time. The book contains hundreds of letters actually written by or sent to Turing to provide the readers with better detail. One of the main themes of the book is how this prodigious man was not given the prominence he deserved because he was a homosexual. Alan Turing had a few affairs with men; in fact he once got engaged to a coworker at Bletchley Park but couldn’t go through with the marriage because of his sexuality. Homosexuals were mistreated by the British government and Alan Turing was brought to court for ‘perverted actions’.
He had taken to extreme alcoholism, to drown his sorrows, that he felt for the state of the nation, and the massacre and bloodshed of innocent lives. He was a very skeptic person, with a cynical view of the society, and even as he went, the inscription on his grave said- “Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short story writing. Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is the greater story writer: God or He”Without a doubt, Manto was the most impactful Urdu writers of the