In How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster claims that all literature stems from other literature and in fact all literature is a part of one large work. A large amount of authors borrow ideas from other literary works. Of course, the seemingly most obvious author to borrow from being William Shakespeare. On the contrary, Foster believes that most of the exceptional Shakespeare quotes are overused and referencing Shakespeare can lead to something which Foster calls the “high brow” effect which means that referring to Shakespeare can make the author seem pompous. Other authors and literary works can be borrowed from as well, but many are not as widely known or are well-known now but won’t be for long.
As she elaborates on her idea of how women should be displayed she refers to a book called The Body Project, an intimate history of girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg to gain credibility and build up her argument, that way the audience will realize that there is a problem that is occurring. Lipkin agrees with Joan’s idea of how girls body parts have become a “project” to fix and mold. By having Brumberg’s opinion in the essay and Lipkin elaborating on those ideas it shows that Lipkin has a concerned attitude and allows her tone to be consistent throughout her entire essay. Lipkin also uses rhetorical strategies that are blended together to support her evidence the strategies used are ethos, pathos, and
I assert that it was impossible for Tom to receive a fair trial due to the prejudice in Maycomb. In this essay I will elaborate on this assertion. In so doing, I will first start discussing the contribution Critical Legal Studies (CLS) has made relating to the issue of prejudice .Secondly I will turn to discuss Critical Race theory as a supplement to CLS and its application in the novel. Critical Legal Studies: An initial address to
A Modern View of Feminist Criticism William Shakespeare 's "Othello” can be analyzed from a feminist perspective.This criticism focuses on relationships between genders, like the patterns of thoughts, behavior, values, enfranchisement, and power in relations between and within sexes. A feminist examination of the play enables us to judge the distinctive social esteems and status of women and proposes that the male-female power connections that become an integral factor in scenes of Othello impact its comprehension. I believe that the critical lens that provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature is Feminist Criticism because it analyzes distrust and disloyalty among relationships, women being treated as possessions
In an article by Richard Shweder titled "What about 'Female Genital Mutilation '? and Why Understanding Culture Matters in the First Place", the author explores female circumcision and its relation to culture (Shweder, pg.209). While the topic of this article is female circumcision, the author also explores the reasoning behind why it is referred to as female genital mutilation in some cultures (Shweder, pg.209). In this article, the author focuses on the thoughts that cultures who practice female circumcision have about the practice, therefore the theory used is interpretivism. (Shweder, pg.212).
My thesis would be about Trying different roles and gender role-playing while the experimenting with one’s sexuality. “Exchanging Hats” by Elizabeth Bishop is a whimsical poem about experimenting with pushing gender dress to the limits of acceptability. Hats are customarily used to define a person’s role in society or profession. This poem uses that mantra to depict the different roles that people play, and the different hats they wear to emphasize those roles. Author Timothy Materer was impressed with and wrote the following commentary on “Exchanging Hats” “which he saw in New World Writing, 1956.”(Mirrored Lives, 180) He goes on to say “In its ingenious quatrains, the poem 's aunts and uncles experiment with the ‘headgear of the other sex’
Exploration of intertextual connections between Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen highlights the re-evaluation of the values explored from 18th century England into the 20th century context. Weldon’s letters affirm the insights offered regarding social values of Austen’s context in relation to her postmodern context. By encouraging the reader to discern the relationship between the values of resistance to the well-established patriarchy and literature and education, Weldon utilises the foundation of Pride and Prejudice to validate how values have remained consistent albeit throughout changing contexts. Intertextual connections between texts are useful in stressing the continuity of the concept of challenging the patriarchy. In Pride and Prejudice, Austen explicitly
As abovementioned the idea came from Spanish play, but there are several critical disputes around the title of the drama because Lord Byron mistakenly entitled it as Embozado or Encapotado. Washington Irving in order to be ascertained about the Spanish source decided to search Calderon’s works and could not find any information relating to the abovementioned idea in his works. When Irving was in Spain he started thoroughly investigate the sources from where it was taken.
In her essay Jane Austen and John Keats: Negative capability, Romance and Reality, Beth Lau connects the two Romantic writers previously not commonly associated. Most comparisons of Austen and Romantic poets are with Wordsworth and Byron, as it is known she read their works. Alas, even without her reading works of John Keats, parallels between ideas in their works can be made (Lau, 2006). The fact remains that concepts of Romantic period, canon and ideology are based on the assumption of shared characteristics among key writers of the era (Lau, 2006). The term negative capability was first used by a Romantic poet John Keats.
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to discuss how John Barth represents the masked modern society in his novel The Floating Opera .The novel is realistic by premise however; the reality of an experience is curiously unconvincing. The novel is a comedy of existential absurdity. The uncertainties, the fears, the debilitating angst, and the pervasive temper of near nihilistic despair that the protagonist Todd experiences are the dominant dispiriting tensions of the century. Barth did not intend the rendition of Todd’s free associations to be a sincere representation of a man’s inner reality. In this novel he wanted to illustrate the futility of asking the reason for living while acknowledging the futility of human existence.