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Literary Canon: What Constitutes a Classic?

- Classic works of literature are not arbitrarily deemed as such. In order to be regarded so highly, a literary work must demonstrate its ability to touch upon – and thoughtfully examine – important issues of a particular era (so to speak, a slice of time). A traditional canon is substantiated by consistent and legitimate acclaim, and while of course there is an underlying element of subjectivity, literary scholars tend to possess discerning taste. Blindly placing faith in the opinions of experts can be dangerous, however; trusting all of their judgments and assuming the entire literary canon is worthwhile to read would be a misstep....   [tags: Outstanding Literary Works]

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“Inclusion in Today’s Literary Canon”

- Stephen King is a creative and massively popular author of horror fiction with the ability to make his readers squirm. Rated one of the best writers since early 1970s due to his prolific work, which is immensely intriguing. Stephen King is acknowledged for producing a novel each year or more. Some of his best sellers comprise the “The Shinning” (1977), “Salem Lost” (1975), “Carrie” (1974), and “Dead Zone” (1979). Even though, Stephen King’s writing style is bizarre and bloodcurdling, his characters have become iconic, because he has acquired a technique that makes him masterful....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Argument for Sonja Livingston’s Inclusion in the Literary Canon

- The literary canon is those works considered by scholars, critics, and teachers to be the most important to read and study, which collectively constitute the “masterpieces” of literature. (Meyer 2175) In the past there has been much debate on whether non-fiction should be considered for inclusion in the canon, but non-fiction writers being considered part of the canon is not unheard of, and is already a reality – George Orwell, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway- all had a significant body of non-fictional work and are well respected, well established members....   [tags: Literature ]

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Who can be integrated into the literary canon of American Literature?

- This is a good question; Due to what American Literature stands for, who can be part of the literary canon. I think literature (American or otherwise) serves as a means by which one can examine a society's values, ideas, hopes, fears, and dreams through fiction or oral literature. Those who have had an impact on their society create something that many people will read of or look upon in different ethnicities, ages, social class, etc; However, does It always have to be an author or an writing documentation to exactly fit in the category of American Literature?; My opinion I would have to say no American Literature should be a Varity of people who made a difference in American not just by wri...   [tags: American Literature]

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Expanding the Literary Canon

- Expanding the Literary Canon While this essay can in no way claim to contain a fully representative sampling of what various scholars have contributed relative to the ongoing debate over the literary canon, I will attempt to highlight three distinct positions which are all informed by John Guillory's critical contributions to the canonical debate. First, I will discuss the concept of ideology and canon formation as Guillory first articulated it in his 1983 essay, "The Ideology of Canon Formation: T....   [tags: Literature English Essays]

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Common Sense, Practicality, and the Literary Canon

- Common Sense, Practicality, and the Literary Canon       In keeping with my more-or-less conservative views, it seems obvious that what is most lacking in the English culture-war debates is a little common sense and practicality. Take, for example, the question of the literary canon (by which I mean the canon of imaginative literature: fiction, poetry, and drama). In his preface to Falling Into Theory, David H. Richter articulates three basic positions on the issue of the standard or traditional canon: defend the canon, expand it to include works by women and minorities, or eliminate it altogether (vii- viii)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Literary and Political Appropriations of Eça de Queirós’s Work: a Contribution to the Study of Portuguese Literary Canon

- Over the past century Eça de Queirós has become part of the Portuguese literary canon. Whatever the perspective we take into account, Eça comes across as one of the most celebrated and discussed writers of Portuguese language. As early as the late nineteenth century (with the first Spanish translations of his writings ), Eça’s work has been the object of a comparatively large and enthusiastic reception abroad, on a par only with Camões, Pessoa, and, most recently, Saramago. In 2000, the Camões commemorative issue of the death of the novelist registers (from 1975 onwards) more than forty-five translations in eighteen different languages and more than a hundred texts of critical appreciation i...   [tags: Language]

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William Carlos Williams and the Canon

- I had envisioned the literary canon to be a fixed list of literature that could only be added to and not taken away from. I was mistaken. As I researched it became clear that the works included in the Western Canon are not fixed; the importance of some pieces wane, while others that may have been ignored are brought to the forefront as time progresses and perspectives evolve. I have a belief that everything is relative and it seems that is true when it comes to the literary canon. As our society transforms, so do our beliefs and values....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Criticism Of The Western Canon

- The western canon suffers from a disservice in that it is greatly homogeneous. That is most of the authors are dead, white western European men, and the literature reflects, almost, solely western beliefs. By lacking multiculturalism our students are denied a significant amount of insight into other cultures of the world. This among many other attributes of our culture can generate stigma towards outsides and develop xenophobia. Some are against multiculturalism as they view these books and their lessons to be a significant part of American culture (Cope and Kalantzis 285)....   [tags: Culture, Western culture, Harold Bloom]

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Schlesinger's Canon Vs. My High School's Canon

- In school, whether it be at the high school or college levels, there are usually lists of books thought as being essential reading. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.--a Pulitzer Prize winning historian--calls this list in his book The Disuniting of America, a "canon" or "canonical literature." A problem exists with this canon, at least Schlesinger claims there is. He states that the canon is being used "as an instrument of European oppression enforcing the hegemony of the white race, the male sex, and the capitalist class…" From my high school experience, I believe this is not true....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Book Report on Canon Revisited by Michael J. Kruger

- Book Report The book entitled Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books written by Michael J. Kruger explains the canonical model by which the books of the New Testament were selected as the right word of God. The correctness of the canon has always troubled Christians; they have always wanted to know that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the rights ones. In his book, Kruger answers many typical questions asked by people in relation to the New Testament, its structure and its authenticity as God’s word....   [tags: christians, new testament]

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The Lady, The Lapdog, And Literary Alterity

- In “The Lady, the Lapdog, and Literary Alterity,” Laura Brown closely considers a single recurring image in the literary canon. Her analysis reveals its value as an image “mean[ing] more than any individual text that includes that image may actually say,” and as an indicator of “how Europeans at a crucial period in the expansion of their culture across the globe engaged the idea of difference” (31). This way, although she never explicitly labels her essay so by name, it is undeniably a history of a dynamic image within literature....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Marxism, Tobacco]

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Creating a Living Canon: The Humanist Project of Uniting Ancient and Modern

- Creating a Living Canon: The Humanist Project of Uniting Ancient and Modern The humanist preoccupation with the glory of the ancients spans the entire length of the Italian Renaissance and surfaces in nearly all the writers from Petrarch to Castiglione. The precise use of classical writers varies depending on the purpose of the Renaissance writer’s particular work—they are held up as examples to be emulated by historians, as works essential to shaping good character in their readers by the educational writers, and as personal guides in the letters and treatises of the correspondents and philosophers....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Literature - Postmodern Literary Criticism

- Postmodern Literary Criticism   Postmodernism attempts to call into question or challenge the notion of a single absolute unified master narrative without simply replacing it with another. It is a paradoxical, recursive, and problematic method of critique.   It encourages transcendence through or in spite of limitation, while simultaneously decentering the concept of absolute transcendence. To this end, it encourages the development of a heightened sense of self in relation to itself and the world around it....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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The Importance of Distinction in Literary Theory and Criticism

- It has been said, From the hour of the invention of printing, books, and not kings, were to rule the world. Weapons forged in the mind, keen-edged, and brighter than a sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and battle-axe. Books. lighthouses built on the sea of time. Books. by whose sorcery the whole pageantry of the world's history moves in solemn procession before our eyes. From their pages great souls look down in all their grandeur, undimmed by the faults and follies of earthly existence, consecrated by time (Whipple 386)....   [tags: Literature]

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We Must Keep Daniel Defoe in the Literary Cannon

- Daniel Defoe born in or around 1660 experienced the most complex disastrous events in England before he was seven. In 1664 a Dutch fleet attacked London, in 1665 the plague took seventy thousand lives and in 1666 the great fire destroyed Defoe’s neighborhood expect for three houses, one being his. Born to a family of dissenters a class of people who refused to conform to the Church of England, Defoe was hindered with obstacles from the start. Receiving his education from a dissenter’s school and as West indicates: “barred from Oxford and Cambridge and instead received three years of higher education under the Reverend Charles Morton, a future vice–president of Harvard University who drilled...   [tags: Work of Daniel Defoe]

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Hypertext and Literary Study

- Hypertext and Literary Study Hypertextual fiction (hyperfiction) and other hypertext applications are making their way into the literature courses where, Professor Larry Friedlander says, “learning has basically meant the study of texts,” in the form of the “printed word” (257). And these newer works, inseparable from their contemporary technologies, offer the possibility of a very different type of literary study than the one most English majors experience in traditional literature courses. Print and book technology perpetuate and validate linear experience, thought, and narratives, which buttresses a hierarchical educational structure that shapes the roles of writers, readers, teachers,...   [tags: Literature Education English Technology Essays]

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Literary Style of Thomas Page vs. f John Crowe Ransom

- With the dawn of the new south immediately following the civil war, southern literature metamorphosed to reflect a sense of nostalgia for what had been and no longer was. The literary canon of the time contained thematic expressions of yearning over the “Lost South” and the tradition and stability most writers felt the old South had once embodied. However, different writers utilized contrasting literary styles to convey this message. For instance, Thomas Nelson Page utilizes a sentimentalist, romanticist style of writing, while John Crowe Ransom achieves aesthetic distance in his modernistic approach to writing....   [tags: compare, comparison, contrast]

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Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' The Dark : Whiteness And The Literary Imagination '

- In 1990 Toni Morrison delivered the William E. Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization. The lecture series was revised and published in May 1992 as a slim volume titled Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. The three essays are metacritical explorations into the operations of whiteness and blackness in the literature of white writers in the United States. Toni Morrison takes the position that the existing literary criticism in the United States has provided incomplete readings of its canonical literature and, further, has concealed the politics informing the practice of critical literary and cultural analysis itself....   [tags: Race, White people, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway]

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Literary Luminaries and English Vocabulary

- ... The influence of French commenced during middle ages. Today we can perceive how numerous French words have became pulp and seed of Modern English vocabulary. Several words regarding religion, government, legal terms, medicine, military affairs were borrowed during those days and were assimilated in English vocabulary. Religious words like miracle, mercy, grace, passion, charity, sacrament, saint are direct borrowings from French vocabulary. Words regarding legal terms like- judge, jury, bail, perjury, plaintiff, plead, etc....   [tags: languages that make up English]

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In What Ways Has Structuralism Impacted on Literary Criticism?

- In what ways has structuralism impacted on literary criticism. Since the mid twentieth century, the rise of structuralist methodology in literary theory has created seismic shifts opening up the study of text to cultural study and assisting in the development of other theories such as poststructuralism, feminism and postcolonialism. Structuralism challenged the idea of a politically detached study of text, epitomised in the then dominant new/practical criticism approaches. It reinforced the challenge to the tradition of the Leavisite canon already under attack with feminist writers, and encouraged the development of other critical theories which have radically influenced the study of literat...   [tags: Personal Essays]

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Most Highly Referenced And Revered As Sacred

- The most highly referenced and revered as sacred are The King James Version, considered a masterpiece of English literature, The Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, The Aprocrypha, the books believed left out of some bibles, The Vulgate, the Latin Bible used for centuries by the Roman Catholic religion, and The Septuagint, the first ancient Greek translation of the Tanakh (Geisler and Nix 15, McCallum 4). The Bible is considered a sacred text by three major world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam....   [tags: Bible, Old Testament, Christianity, Biblical canon]

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A Plight Of A People : Black Literary Tradition

- A Plight of a People: Black Literary Tradition Finds Strength in Biblical Text Black literature confronts and questions the essence of the American consciousness. Intertwined to the fabric of the American people, the state and the nation’s ideals we find a disturbing history of brutal exploitation and dehumanization. Out of this plight, rise to vitality a collection of written initiatives that identify the acceptance of Blackness as the most pressing American affair. Within this canon of work, the Abolitionist movement rises to the attention of the slave population and of Europeans alike....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery]

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Importance of a Slogan

- Canon uses the slogan “See what we mean,” to market their cameras to consumers, amateurs and pros alike. This slogan is powerful because it is easy to remember, yet captures the attention of readers to check out what Canon really means in their slogan. This persuades consumers to buy a camera to check out things like image quality and performance. Likewise, Booker T. Washington tries to captivate his listeners, the black people and white people, through his powerful slogan “Cast down your bucket where you are” (450)....   [tags: Booker T Washington, Canon, Life Alert]

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Analysis of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Place in the Canon

- ... Writers also suffered the crimes of publishers as they began to steal manuscripts, pirate their works and default on their payments. Only few writers made a good living through their works. During the time, writers sought freedom in attempt to escape poverty. Gaining independence, however, was not an easy task as England encouraged their writers to "restrain themselves." English writers were still given much freedom, but writings containing "unorthodox opinions" were still seen as risky in fear they may be called to court....   [tags: political, moral, nature, knowledge]

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Canon Shape & Structure in Jewish and Christian Bibles

- Judaism and Christianity are derived from different times and places in the world. They share a lengthy past and many of the same books. However, these communities are divergent in their beliefs. The fundamental differences lie within the literary composition of each theology’s sacred texts. The shape and structure of the Jewish and Christian canons are arranged to substantiate each community’s religious beliefs. Jews and Christians arranged their canons differently to obtain a specific outcome in relation to their fundamental beliefs....   [tags: Christianity, judaism, religion,bible]

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Phillis Wheatley: The African-American Literary Leader

- Phillis Wheatley marks the beginning of the African-American literary tradition. Although she is the first African-American to become a published author, it is Wheatley’s work that proves her originality as it reflects a specific time in American history, her status as a slave, and a young woman of Christian faith (Harris). Each of these inherently contribute to her fresh African-American perspective. Wheatley is ingenious in the way she subtly ties in the roots of slavery and racism in a way that whites did not feel guarded....   [tags: slavery, author, prejudice]

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African Literature Opinions by Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o

- Dedication is the quintessence of African literature. Well, for the most part of the advancing measures going on recently, most people however regard this questionable. The centre of attention in this discussion is not to engaging in fighting the argument out. Having four literary Nobel laureates in the precedent two decades, that is, Wole Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Idris Mahfouz, Nadine Godimer modern African literature has reached acceptable and respectable standards that should be appreciated and respected....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Liberal Huminism of Wuthering Heights

- Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has lasted in the literary world for quite some time. The novel has flitted on the edges of the appreciated canon, only read by those avid readers. This book follows the basic story line of some of Jane Austen’s works. Set in 18th century England, the social aspects of this book stand out. These aspects are applicable in the present world, though in much less obvious ways. The meaning and themes of the novel show themselves fairly easily. Brontë did not try to hide the meanings in between the lines, so to say....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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From Space to Earth

- Before WWII women were “banned” from all professions because they were thought to be incapable and should stay home and let the men take care of things. However, when WWII erupted, all healthy men were sent out to war and women were allowed to do men’s jobs which proved that women can do things as well as men could. This similar theme can be seen in the “Astronomer’s Wife” by Kay Boyle. In the story, Boyle portrayed Mrs. Ames as a typical housewife who went about doing her chores daily while Mr....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Sherlock Holmes: A Marxist Deconstruction

- Mysteries have always held great fascination for the human mind, not least because of the aura that surrounds them and the realm of the Unknown into which they delve. Coupled with the human propensity of being particularly curious about aspects which elude the average mind, the layer of intrigue that glosses over such puzzles makes for a heady combination of the literary and the popular. In the canon of detective fiction worldwide, no detective has tickled the curious reader’s imagination and held it in thrall as much as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes....   [tags: mystery, literary criticism]

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Conde's Crossing the Mangrove

- The Root of It: Deconstructing Creole Identity in Crossing the Mangrove “I like to repeat that I write neither in French nor in Creole. I write in Maryse Conde,”1 (“Liaison dangereuse,” 2007) is a statement that could not be less accurate for the Guadeloupean writer. Writing in French is especially problematic for post-colonialist Francophone authors; using the language of the colonizer while attempting to dismantle cultural and linguistic hierarchy seems to be an act of futility. To be sure, Conde, the author of Crossing the Mangrove, apparently writes in the French language but she capably deconstructs the notion that a language must be necessarily tied to the culture and history it tr...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Creole Identity]

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The Road Not Taken

- Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” has touched the hearts of people all over America and has rightfully earned its place in the American literary canon. Written in 1916 by one of the greatest poets in American history; Robert Frost uses an unique metrical form that brings nature to life and a gives the reader a firm understanding of the rural lifestyle. Inspired by his friend Edward Thomas, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” pits a man against two paths for which a difficult choice must be made....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Robert Frost]

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Flowers from the Storm

- Romancing the Gothic Romance novels come in many different styles with a variety of subgenres, themes, and character blueprints. Jane Eyre and Flowers from the Storm are no different. Both Jane Eyre and Flowers from the Storm are romance novels, with Jane Eyre continuing early nineteenth century Romantic period traditions as well as a novel with a romantic relationship between two characters. Flowers from the Storm is a historical romance which is patterned after Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Laura Kinsale, author of Flowers, has won a variety awards for her writing, including the 1996 RRA-L Romance award for best all-time favorite romance for Flowers; Bronte’s Jane Eyre came in second....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Jane Eyre]

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The New Testament Canon Is Not One Universal Bible

- There is not one universal Bible, just as there is not one universal Christian church. There is actually a separate canon for each major division of the church such as, Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox, however each has the same New Testament of 27 books. The New Testament canon is the compilation of four books called gospels, one book that is the foundation of the early church, twenty-one letters, and one book of prophecy. This paper focuses on some of the contributing factors to creating this compilation....   [tags: New Testament, Bible, Christianity, Biblical canon]

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A Beat Memoir

- Johnson constructs this bitter-sweet and lyrical memoir from her relationship with aspiring Beat writer Kerouac in 1957. Johnson re-creates her memoir from the confessional perspective she wishes to be heard, and she mentions Robert Lowell to emphasise this confessional element .The author “is behind the text, controlling its meaning,” using “intentionality” (Anderson, 1988, p2). Also Johnson uses her text as catharsis and as “self-defence” in response to Kerouac’s writings. (Lee, 2000, p.98) to reclaim the power she had relinquished to Kerouac....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Johnson]

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Hamlet Literary Analysis - Stages of Grief

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross developed a theory based on what she perceived to be the stages of acceptance of death. Her theory has been taken further by psychologists and therapists to explain the stages of grief in general. Kubler-Ross identified five stages: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, as happening in that order. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet exhibits all five stages of grief, we can assume in relation to the recent death of his father, but not necessarily in this order, and in fact the five seem to overlap in many parts of the play....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Analyzing the Writings of Thomas Hardy

- The overall aim of this research study was to establish an objective clustering of Thomas Hardy’s prose fiction texts as a basis for better understanding the associations between the texts, and the development of an objective thematic analysis of Hardy’s corpus that can address the problems of replicability and objectivity in non-computational thematic classification of literary studies. To achieve this, this thesis used vector space clustering based on hierarchical cluster analysis methods. The novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy formed the context of the study....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Canon's Yeoman's Tale: When the story of Saint Cecilia was finished and the company continued on their journey, they came across two men. One of them was clad all in black and had been traveling quickly on their horses; the narrator believes that he must be a canon (an alchemist). The Canon's Yeoman said that they wished to join the company on their journey, for they had heard of their tales. The Host asked if the Canon could tell a tale, and the Yeoman answers that the Canon knows tales of mirth and jollity, and is a man whom anybody would be honored to know....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Canon's Yeoman's Tale Essays]

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The Most Famous Person Nobody Knows

- The oscillating critical view of Walker, the periods of silence that interrupted the course of her literary production, the important social and literary movements that coincided with each of her publications, and the continuous change of life and literature during her lifetime necessitates a more inclusive and non-conventional approach of Walker’s work. Maryemma Graham argues that “Walker challenged both new critical and conventional readings; at the same time she offers penetrating intellectual critiques.” This very fact makes it difficult to approach Walker’s work using a specific critical framework....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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John Milton's Representation of Early Modern Literature: Misogynistic?

- In this Chapter, I will discuss John Milton’s ideas on sexuality and gender to deduct whether his representation of women in Early Modern Literature can be seen as misogynistic. I aim to identify his motives and question his portrayal of Eve in Paradise Lost. I will also contrast the ideas of Milton’s critics in order to deduct if the stigma of misogyny was an underlying factor in his ideas or just a consequence of the time. I will do this by studying and researching not only the work of Milton, but of his contemporaries including Aphra Behn, Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer and Edmund Spenser....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Theme of Revenge in "Hamlet"

- Revenge is a recurring theme in Hamlet. Although Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death, he is afraid of what would result from this. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet’s unwillingness to revenge appears throughout the text; Shakespeare exhibits this through Hamlet’s realization that revenge is not the right option, Hamlet‘s realization that revenge is the same as the crime which was already committed, and his understanding that to revenge is to become a “beast” and to not revenge is as well (Kastan 1)....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Books Of The Canon

- Books Of The Canon It is my contention that students do not read enough. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on reading at all levels of education, especially at the secondary and college level. Many authors from the text, The Presence of Others, discuss the importance of what has been labeled the canon. In this essay I will discuss some of their thoughts and feelings regarding the subject, and will propose a variation of how to change the curriculum. In addition to that, I will examine how I feel the intellectual level of the United States' populace needs expanding....   [tags: Education Learning Teaching Essays]

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The Importance of Context in Understanding Literature

- From the onset of the twentieth century there has been an ongoing debate on context and text. Literary theorists all over the world propounded many theories that either divorced the two or made their bond stronger. From the 1920s there came a wave of critical theories, the New Critics pleaded for critical monism. The New Criticism took the poem as a work of art, a structure having an independent existence. They completely divorced the work of art from the biographical, sociological context; removed the piece of literature from time and space and made the work an independent, autonomous and self-contained entity....   [tags: Cultural Context of a Literary Text]

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Noh Drama

- In the same way Japanese poetry often alludes to or derives from the canon of poetry that precedes it, noh plays are often based off of classical Japanese literary sources that form the framework for the play’s themes and moral message. Many of these plays reference poems from revered anthologies, such as the Shinkokinshū, within the play’s dialogue, but it is the monogatari or tales that provide the foundation for certain noh plotlines because of their vast array of character references and plotlines....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Canon of Scripture

- Most Christians do not think about the canon of scripture or know what it is or means in theology. Most take for granted the Bible they have and never question how it came into being. Today, we have 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament. There was a time, however, that we did not have a canon. Bruce defines canon as books of the Bible that were recognized to be considered scripture (p. 17). The importance of the canon and how it was developed was intriguing to professor and author F.F....   [tags: Bible, New Testament]

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The English Reformation

- The book I chose to review for this assignment is entitled The English Reformation by author A. G. Dickens. The book describes the processes that led to religious transformations and provides an excellent overview on the Reformation in England. The work thoroughly analyzes the political, economical and social aspects of the Reformation in the sixteenth century. The English Reformation, first published in 1964 is a great source of information for anyone who is interested in the history of the religious transition and change....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dickens]

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Kipling’s short story, Miss Youghul’s Sais

- Upon first seeing a young woman wearing a hijab, a child once questioned her father in a loud, excited whisper, “Daddy, is she a princess?” while rudely pointing at the woman across the parking lot. The child’s conclusion likely came from distorted images of Arab and Muslim women found in children’s media, especially Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, but it should be noted the girl’s initial reaction was not one of fear, irritation, or disgust, simply fascination with the young woman’s unorthodox clothing....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Feminism, Culture, Hijab]

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The Shakespearean Canon

- Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: Lear’s Fool and Cymbeline’s Cloten and Their Social Significance Clowns and Jesters abound throughout the Shakespearean canon, and the Bard’s later plays are no exception. In this paper I plan to examine the later Shakespearean fool, particularly King Lear’s Fool and Cymbeline’s Cloten and how they represent various political and social ideas. First, I will examine the historical significance of both Fool and Cloten’s station, their historic relevance, and similarities to other socio-political archetypes....   [tags: clowns, jesters, elizabethan reign]

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Literary Sources and Their Significance in Noh

- I believe that universally, theater is the concentration of passing down history, whether factual or mythical, to future generations paired with various degrees of artistic dignity. Like many other staged performances, the root of Noh is based off of a storytelling tradition, enhanced or exaggerated to be viewed by a wider audience. In the end, it was supposed to be somewhat entertaining, the viewer perhaps receiving a more dramatic interpretation of a past tale accompanied by dance, music, and visuals....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Literary Works of Vladimir Nabokov

- More so than that of most other comparably illustrious writers, a number of Vladimir Nabokov’s works beckon near polarizing discrepancies in interpretation and actual author intent amidst literary circles. In a letter to the editor of The New Yorker, he concedes to constructing systems “wherein a second (main) story is woven into, or placed behind, the superficial semitransparent one” (Dolinin). In practice, such an architectural premise is complicated further by his inclination to dabble in the metaphysical and occasionally, in the metafictional....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Women in Distress: A Literary Analysis

- Hedda Gabler written by Henrik Ibsen and Medea written by Euripides both present the ideas of women who have either been wronged in life or simply have lives which have taken a turn for the worse, who find themselves in times of distress. The playwrights therefore use different techniques to portray them, their suffering, and what they resort to do to ease this pain, and in Medea’s case, to fulfil her revenge. The former play is set in late nineteenth century Norway. Hedda Gabler must deal with a various number of situations which eventually build up and lead to her demise....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Colonialism in the Literary Short Story

- The idea of heritage and tradition in the modern world has become an idea of importance to both the indigenous peoples and the descendants of the European colonists who attempted to Westernize the lands they discovered and the people in them. This idea has taken numerous forms in recent years and not-so-recent years. One form it has been examined in is the literary short story. Thomas King’s “One Good Story, That One” and Chinua Achebe’s “Dead Men’s Path” use characters and conflict to make a statement about the loss of tradition and heritage in order to demonstrate the effect of colonialism on indigenous people and their culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Madness of Multiple Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- In the play Hamlet, the author, Shakespeare portrays madness or insanity through most of its characters. What is madness, it is a state of mind in which doesn’t let ones ideas flow normally or think with a clear mind. In this case it is evident that there is something wrong with almost all the main characters. All the characters in the play in some form or fashion display madness either through thoughts, actions or words. Due to Hamlets father recent death, Hamlet is looking for a way out of problems....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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The Function of Literary Criticism

- Literary criticism is a hard study to grasp because of the numerous explanations that must make sense for the critic’s view to be comprehensible to readers. Understanding the role of the critic is vital. The critic is second most important aspect, next to the author and the work itself. In this course, we have read many critics, that all have valid points. The critic’s prospective is the second most important element of literary criticism, next to the author and the work itself. In this course, we have read many critics’ opinions who all have valid points....   [tags: Literary Criticism]

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Literary Analysis: The Color Purple

- There are numerous works of literature that recount a story- a story from which inspiration flourishes, providing a source of liberating motivation to its audience, or a story that simply aspires to touch the hearts and souls of all of those who read it. One of the most prevalent themes in historical types of these kinds of literature is racism. In America specifically, African Americans endured racism heavily, especially in the South, and did not gain equal rights until the 1960s. In her renowned book The Color Purple, Alice Walker narrates the journey of an African American woman, Celie Johnson (Harris), who experiences racism, sexism, and enduring hardships throughout the course of her l...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Varying Approaches to Literary Analysis

- Formalist: The formalist strategy tends to focus on the formal aspects of a piece of work. A formalist critic views literature as a work of art rather than a reflection of the author. This strategy is helpful when analyzing drama and fiction because the words and images shape the work itself. When analyzing a more complex story, a formalist critic will raise questions about the complexities. Formalist strategies reveal meaning and reinforce the theme of a text. Biographical: Biographical simply means of or pertaining to a person’s life....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Canon of Taxation by Adams Smith

- The famous literature on principles of taxation was embodied in Adams Smith “Canons of taxation”. Since then, economies have adopted (and adapted where necessary) these basic principles for what is regarded as the most important tool of fiscal policy. Taxation is a compulsory levy imposed on the income, value of goods and services of individuals, partners and companies by the government. It is can be said to be an approach of imposing tax on the citizen. This imposition of tax, is expected to yield income which should be utilized in the provision of both basic and substantial infrastructural amenities, both social and security, as well as creates conditions for the economic well-being of the...   [tags: income, value, goods]

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Science Fiction Literary Works

- Science Fiction Literary Works Introduction Science fiction is one of the most popular branches in the modern literature. At the same time, the origin of science fiction literature dates back to ancient times, when ancient writer attempted to represent their ideas in fictional forms and unite these fictional forms with their knowledge of the real life. In the course of time, the science fiction literature evolved consistently but it remained always focused on the representation of ideas, concepts and beliefs of writers, which were different from those that dominated in the real life but which were often closely intertwined with the real life or represented an alternative to various real lif...   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Canon EOS Rebel T3i

- Believe it or not, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i was released following the Great Japan Earthquake in 2011. In March 2011, the Japanese-based company Canon Incorporated released a new generation of the digital single-lens reflex camera, or DSLR for short. Canon launched the Canon EOS Rebel T3i in North America, which is considered by many consumers as one of the best DSLR cameras Canon has ever made. The camera itself came from a series of EOS Rebel cameras which began almost 14 years ago, and the model of the T3i became a basis for models of future EOS cameras....   [tags: Great Japan Earthquake, Camera, Digital, Lenses]

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The Pali Canon and The Theravada Buddhism

- The Pali Canon is a collection of texts central to the teachings of Theravada Buddhism. The Pali Canon addresses the rules of conduct and regulations within the monastic order of Buddhism, the discourses spoken by the Buddha and his disciples, and scholastic interpretation of the teachings of the Buddha (Fronsdal 2005). We will first focus on the discourses spoken by the Buddha to further our understanding of the Buddhist religion. [Buddha:] “What do you think monks: Is form permanent or impermanent?” “Impermanent sir.” “And is the impermanent suffering or happiness?” “Suffering sir.” “And with respect to what is impermanent, suffering, naturally unstable, is it proper to perceive...   [tags: religion, buddha, scripture]

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Canon

- Can we rest assured that the writings of the New Testament are accurate, and do we know for certain that the canon of the New Testament is complete. The question is profoundly significant, and it bears eternal consequences, because in order to trust and obey God, it’s imperative that we are one-hundred percent certain that we have God’s words. The Biblical canon can be defined as follows: “The canon is the list of all the books that belong in the Bible” (Grudem, 54). Moreover, the New Testament canon begins with the apostolic writings, because the apostles were given special help by the Holy Spirit to recall and interpret the sayings and teachings of Jesus (John 14:26; 16:13-14)....   [tags: Philosophy, Religion, God, The Bible]

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Literary Analysis of Movie

- Literary Analysis of Movie How does it feel starting over in a completely new place. In the movie “The Karate Kid”, Daniel, the main character, and his mom moved to the California from New Jersey because of his mom’s new job offer. Daniel started going to school in California and met a girl named Ali, whom he started to like. He started going out with her. Daniel was getting beat up by some bullies; one of them was Ali’s ex-boyfriend. They knew karate very well, but Daniel did not. So Daniel decided to learn karate....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Literary Works Commands The Reader

- When I first started this semester I felt and truly believed the actual text itself is has much more importance than the author’s intentions. I also felt the reader’s response had very little value. I went to school in California. My last English teacher had put a great emphasis on the text itself. As I was taught the words themselves hold all the power. I felt the author’s intentions were merely not important. It was okay if a reader misconstrued what the author had intended for his or her audience....   [tags: Literary criticism, Literary theory, New Criticism]

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Literary Works and the History They Tell

- Conventionally when one thinks of history they think of the facts that are written in textbooks and learned in history class. People recall specific dates, who was involved, why it happened, and exactly what the events were. Usually the only questions that are thought of are the five journalistic questions. People often forget that that same history in textbooks was recorded by one person and may not tell everything that happened in that event. For a person really become knowledgeable on a particular event in history they should explore all possible avenues recorded history about that event....   [tags: literary works, history, novels]

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Hamlet’s Madness

- The tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is about Hamlet going insane and reveals his madness through his actions and dialogue. Hamlet remains one of the most discussed literary characters of all time. This is most likely due to the complex nature of Hamlet as a character. In one scene, Hamlet appears happy, and then he is angry in another and melancholy in the next. Hamlet’s madness is a result of his father’s death which was supposedly by the hands of his uncle, Claudius. He has also discovered that this same uncle is marrying his mom....   [tags: Shakespeare, literary analysis]

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Comparing The Canon And Creeds

- Churches today all lean to the Bible to learn, teach, and preach the gospel. Interestingly, during the time of the church’s origin, the Bible didn’t exist. The texts that were used at the beginning of the churches formation was what is known today as the Old Testament. The gospel was strictly a proclamation. As the years passed by, New Testament writers saw the need to record the events of Jesus’ ministry. Soon there became the inevitable issue. Which of these writing are inspired by God. Which of these writings can be trusted....   [tags: New Testament, Christianity, Jesus, Old Testament]

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History and literary virtue system

- History and literary virtue system Virtue is considered as one of the most important trait in human beings. By definition, virtue is a sense of having moral excellence, adopting a form of goodness and righteousness. It involves depicting a behavior that shows a high level of moral standard. Literary virtue system in the society has come a long way. Different cultures in the entire human history have developed different views and perspectives in trying to understand the virtue system. Literary virtue is passed from one generation to another through various ways that are associated with literary works or other ways such as formal writing....   [tags: Human Traits, Literary Virtue]

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An Analysis of the Major Literary Elements in Catch-22

- “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask, and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to, but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.” This is an iconic passage from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, a novel set near the end of the Second World War....   [tags: literary devices, literary criticism]

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Feminist Literary Criticism and Lysistrata

- Classically, women playwrights are almost completely absent. There were virtually no women writers at all up until at least the seventeenth century. This fact originally led feminist critics to disregard the classical period. In an article titled “Classical Drag: The Greek Creation of Female Parts,” Sue Ellen Case states that because “traditional scholarship has focused on evidence related to written texts, the absence of women playwrights became central to early feminist investigations” (132). Despite this absence of female writers, feminist critics analyze the role of women in ancient Greece in other ways....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Women Characters]

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Literary Aspects Of The Jungle

- The Jungle is a complex book; there are many different literary aspects used to help further the book. The ones that have the biggest impact on the book are dialect, mood, theme, and foreshadowing. These literary devices are used multiple times throughout the book to help the reader better understand the story, and to better understand the characters and what they are going through. Dialect is used multiple times in the book. Dialect is the way characters speak compared to others. Jurgis and his family barely speak any english at all, so when they do it is mostly broken english in very short sentences....   [tags: Literary technique, Foreshadowing]

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The Greatest Literary Emblem of the Middle Ages

- In order to study the troubadours, it is of high importance to understand the context in which they flourished and developed, which was the Medieval Era. The Middle Ages is the period of European history that goes from the collapse of the Roman civilization to the beginning of the Renaissance, and it extends from about 500 to 1500 ca. (“Middle Ages”). This period is called the “Dark Ages” since it is regarded by the Renaissance scholars as a long interval of superstition, ignorance, barbarism, and social oppression due to the fact that the Medieval era was a fight to establish a new society independent from the Roman standards and philosophy....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Shakespeare: A Literary Grandmaster

- ... And in Hamlet, at the end of Act 3, Scene 4, Hamlet makes up his mind to murder Claudius. Now, in the famous “To be or not to be…” soliloquy, Hamlet ponders upon the idea of suicide, he asks: “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/Or to take arms against a sea of troubles/And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep,” (3.1 65-8). Because Hamlet doesn’t have many people that he trusts, he can only reveal his inner mind through soliloquys, without these, Hamlet will become shallower and less multi-dimensional....   [tags: literary device, soliloquoise, hamlet]

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A Literary Convention Expended by Junot Diaz

- Analyzing a symbol as a literary convention used by author, Junot Díaz makes a way to identify the purpose of the device. In his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), the mechanism is used to develop an explicit character and point of view. The symbol is a sensory image that holds rich implication that is either a narrow or broad. Occasionally the reader is cast off by the author with an unknown meaning of the symbol hence is forced to create his own interpretation. The latter principle is intentionally carried out by the author as a literary hook to draw the attention of his audience to keep reading....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Depictions of the Literary Sublime

- The representation of sublimity in William Wordsworth’s “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” Percy Shelley’s “To a Sky-Lark,” and Gerald Hopkins “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” is characterized by the beauty and forms of nature, the power of nature, and the use of metaphors in descriptive passages. They use the sublime to express the grandeur of nature and to describe specific objects of nature. The writers also employ the sublime as a way to communicate their imagination and interpretations of nature to the readers....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Wordsworth, Shelley, Hopkins]

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Invisible Man is an Important Literary Work

- “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible; understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” Invisible Man is the only novel written by Ralph Ellison, during his lifetime. Invisible Man addresses many of the social and intellectual issues faced by African-Americans, the relationship between black identities, as well as the issues of individuality and personal identity....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Archetypal Literary Criticism

- In Literary Criticism, there is an idea that believes that Archetypes make up literature’s meaning. The concept of Archetypes in literature has been the subject of extensive examination in Literary Criticism. “Criticism can be broken down into two broad categories: evaluative and interpretive” (Gardner 1287). The criticism is based on Literary Theory, which is composed of ideas that help interpret, and analyze literature. Everything in literature has a meaning, and many different people came up with strategies to evaluate and interpret it....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism

- I strongly believe that every person who reads a book, listens to the radio, or watches a program on television will make their own assumptions. I know I do. Most of us will ask, “Why did the main character make that decision?” Or “What were they thinking?” Could it be that the author of the story is protruding their own subconscious thoughts and beliefs through their characters. Absolutely, most critics have adapted psychoanalytic literary criticism theory based upon the works of psychoanalysis by famous psychologists Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Jacques Lacan to literary works....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary Comparison Theme

- Literary Theme The Cask of Amontillado is an 1846 short story by Edgar Allan Poe, which gives an account of Montresor, a man who executes a plan of vengeance against his friend, whom he claims insulted him. As the narrator in the story, Montresor provides a vivid image of his plan to lure Fortunato to his death, which ends in the eventual live burial of Fortunato. The theme of revenge is the most prominent element of this story, which enables the reader follow the narrator’s character, thus gaining a comprehensive understanding of the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Life and Works of Dramatist Aphra Behn

- The Life and Works of Dramatist Aphra Behn Aphra Behn left a legacy of being not only a complex and enigmatic woman, but a poet, a playwright, a writer, a novelist, and a spy. A commoner who blended with the royalty and revolted against the societal norms with her lewd yet cunning writings, she exhibited the influence of more than just a writer of her time period and left her mark in the canon of English literature by creating her own genre of amatory. She was a feminist, an adventurist, an abolitionist and a civil rights advocate; she encompassed a figure of brilliance and intrigue and the writings she left behind from the seventeenth century only reiterate her ideology....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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