“'My children were of me alone': Maternal Influence in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.” Mississippi Quarterly 54.4 (2001): 595-95. Literature Resources From Gale. Web. 18 Apr. 2010.
2014. Hewson, Marc. "'My Children Were Of Me Alone': Maternal Influence In Faulkner's As I Lay Dying." Mississippi Quarterly 53.4 (2000): 551. Academic Search Complete.
In her review of Fitzgerald’s second Novel, The Beautiful and Damned, Zelda had noticed that a good portion of the writing came directly from her diary and wrote: “In fact, Mr. Fitzgerald … seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home" (Keats). Fitzgerald’s incorporation of Zelda’s material was more than a common occurrence. But, Zelda never received any acknowledgment from Fitzgerald for co-writing. Zelda is the unsung hero held back by Fitzgerald’s jealousy and authority as a male in the unjust patriarchal society. Ring Lardner, Jr. said, “Scott is a novelist and Zelda is a novelty” (Keats).
must haunt the reader of the novel," and the reader must come to some basic understanding of her character to appreciate the difficult stream of consciousness sections (Broad 189). But there may be no "basic" understanding available of Beloved, for she is a character that ostensibly refuses any single identity, either literal or symbolic. The critical debate on the topic is no more conclusive, and there is a sharp divide in the interpretations of the very nature of Beloved. Deborah Horvitz was one of the first to write on Beloved, and in 1989 she set the stage for much of the later criticism by assuming the supernatural origins of Beloved. Her essay "Nameless Ghosts: Possession and Dispossession in Beloved" extended Sethe's realization that Beloved is her dead daughter to include also the "Sixty Million and more" of the dedication (Morrison vi).
However, Angelou uses the latter to provide "literary unity" (Lupton 7-8). Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928, to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson. After three years her parents divorced, and both Maya and her older brother Bailey, were sent to Stamps, Arkansas. Once in Stamps, the children were cared for by their paternal grandmother, Mrs. Annie Henderson (Neubauer 21). In her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou tells the story of her childhood.
Romanticism in Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato Critics of Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato have examined its narrative technique (see Raymond) and its position in literature as metafiction (see Herzog). Still other critics have commented on the motif of time (see McWilliams) and the theme and structure (see Vannatta). On the last point, critics find the structure of the novel is fragmented to reveal the nature of the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Unfortunately, this fragmentation makes the novel appear structurally weak. Critics have found no unifying element to the parts to affirm the sense of wholeness readers feel after completing O'Brien's novel.
“The past is never dead. It's not even past.” ― William Faulkner In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, characterization, specifically through the multitude of narrators, transforms an otherwise pedestrian plot into a complex pilgrimage to the truth. As I Lay Dying is told from the perspective of fifteen different characters in 59 chapters (Tuck 35). Nearly half (7) of the characters from whose perspective the story is narrated are members of the same family, the Bundrens. The other characters are onlookers of the Bundrens’ journey to bury their mother, Addie.
After graduation, Walker worked in Jackson, Mississippi, where she met and, in 1967, married civil rights attorney Melvyn Leventhal. She became pregnant again in 1968, but lost the baby due to somw issues. This led Walker to depression, and the loss... ... middle of paper ... ...t the only issues the critics have though. A few of Walker’s critics have noted that varieties of contemporary slang appear in the characters’ thirties speech. (Weisenburger 8) Walker’s publication of her latest novel, The Temple of My Familiar, has raised the criticism bar.
Up until the early 17th century, American literature was chiefly about politics, religion, and recorded events. These writings were very dry and lacked insight into the everyday lives of the authors. To put into writing any individual spiritual reflections that strayed away from the religion of the colony could be dangerous at that time; possibly resulting in banishment from the colony or worse. Likewise, any writing that did not serve at least one of the purposes listed above was considered to be a waste of time that would be better spent praising God. Anne Bradstreet defied the rules of her time by writing about whatever she wanted including personal thoughts, reflections, emotions, and events.
(Author unlisted) Masson, Ann, and Bryce Reveley: “When Life’s Brief Sun was Set: Portraits of Southern Women in Mourning, 1830-1860.” Southern Quarterly, v27 n1, pp32-56. Perrot, Marie, ed. A History of Private Life, vol. 3: From the Age of Revolutions to the Great War. Cambridge, MA: Bellknap/Harvard University Press, 1990.