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    In 1967, John Barth wrote an essay which characterized modern literature in a state of exhaustion ,a “used-up” form. The ultimate question then was: What do we do with literature? Barth’s answer suggested that we present narrators that are aware of themselves, as well as the exhaustion of their medium. Also, that we reorient and give new meaning to stories that have already been told, such as the greek myths the second half of the novel focuses on. Meta-fiction is defined as fiction that includes

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    Writing Against Death in The Floating Opera

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    digressions are impossible to contain, and that makes it hard for him to concentrate on a particular line of narration; every image he creates breeds other images, words bring about other words, there being no end to "new figures and new chases" (Barth 2). This remark suggests that Todd's existence is, indeed, confined to the reality he forges by telling his tale; this fictitious reality regenerates itself. The tone of the passage also implies that Todd enjoys not a little the unprecedented freedom

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    The reader of a metafiction raises the question-which is the real world? The ontology of “any fiction is justified/validated/vindicated in the context of various theories of representation in the field of literary art and practice. Among these theories the seminal and the most influential is the mimetic theory. The theory of mimesis (imitation) posits that there is a world out there, a world in which we all live and act, which we call “the real world”. What fiction does (for that matter any art)

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    Metafiction and JM Coetzee's Foe

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    post-modern fiction and has been the source of heated debate on whether its employ marks the death or the rebirth of the novel. A dominant theme in post-modern fiction, the term "metafiction" has been defined by literary critics in multiple ways. John Barth offers perhaps the most simplified definition: metafiction is "a novel that imitates a novel rather than the real world." Patricia Waugh extends our understanding to add that it is "fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws

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    Some of the dominant features of postmodern fictions include temporal disorder, the erosion of the sense of time, a foregrounding of words as fragmenting material signs, a pervasive and pointless use of pastiche, loose association of ideas, paranoia and the creation of vicious circles or a loss of destination between separate levels of discourse, which are all symptoms of the language disorders of postmodernist fictions. The postmodern novel may be summed up as: • Late modernism. • Anti-modernism

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    Charles W. Chestnutt's The Marrow of Tradition Clearly, one can expect differing critical views of a novel; from the author's perspective we see one view, from a publisher's another, and from the reviewer's yet another. This is especially true of Charles W. Chesnutt's  The Marrow of Tradition. If one observes both the contemporary reviews of the novel and letters exchanged between Chesnutt and his friends and publisher, Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., one will see the disparity

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    Italo Calvino as Author/Game-master in If On a Winter's Night a Traveler In an interview conducted in January 1978, one year before the publication of his novel If on a winter's night a traveler (Iown), Italo Calvino responded to a question about his future writing plans with these words: "What I keep open is fiction, a storytelling that is lively and inventive, as well as the more reflective kind of writing in which narrative and essay become one" (Calvino, Hermit in Paris 190). Calvino created

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    The Visible and Invisible Church in Karl Barth and Henri De Lubac Since the Reformation there has been a question of what is the nature of the Church. Is it visible, invisible or both? Karl Barth and Henri de Lubac both try to answer this question. Barth believes that Church is visible in as much as it is a human community and invisible in the reality of the faith that forms it. De Lubac agrees with Barth this far, yet De Lubac takes his theology to a higher level. In that the Church also participates

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    (heart attack), and consequently Todd writes, "What that means is that any day I may fall quickly dead, without warning - perhaps before I complete this sentence, perhaps twenty years from now."2 Although this may seem to be a purely literal device, Barth is using Todd's heightened awareness of the delicateness of his own life as an exaggerated symbol for the vulnerability of all human life. This early focus upon the heart continues due to the centrality in the novel's plot of Todd's decision to

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    The relevance of the Liberal, Neo-orthodox, and Evangelical Views In the 18th century to 19th century, there were many great influential leaders of Christianity that influenced many individuals belief systems. During this time period three great movements included the relevance of liberalism, Neo-orthodoxy, and Evangelical views. These views in particular had great influence over how individuals applied biblical scripture to their everyday life. The Issues The nature and authority of scripture

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    presented in the bible. It is important to realize that there are many views pertaining to the doctrine of election ranging from prominent theologians such as Augustine and Pelagius, Calvin and Arminius, Barth and Brunner and various other theologians and their respective counterparts. Karl Barth and Emil Brunner are the giants on the subject of modern theology. Their theological insights are such that even now people are mesmerized by their incredible aptitude for theological understanding and presentation

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    How Do Ethnic Boundries Affect Assimilation

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    question: what are ethnic boundaries and how do they fit into the discussion of assimilation?, is something that is considered in the book. However, Alba and Nee are not the only writers to have an opinion on the subject of ethnic boundaries; Fredrik Barth in his piece Ethnic Groups and Boundaries expounds on the ideas of ethnic boundaries and what they mean to society. Therefore, it is useful to compare and contrast the two differing opinions in order to understand the full scope of information on ethnic

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    Romans 1.17 Analysis

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    Luther What is Luther’s understanding of the “righteousness of/from God?” Luther believes when we believe in God and are baptized, we receive the righteousness of God. God makes us justified when we believe in Him and His word. He says we can’t just do good things and that will give us God’s righteousness. We have to believe and have faith. He says the believing comes first then we do things like spreading God’s word then makes us more justified. 2. For Luther, what is the relationship between

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    The Crux of the Thesis Karl Barth’s view of Divine Election As stated earlier, Swiss Reformed theologian, Karl Barth shared a strong and influential opinion concerning Divine Election. He was educated and pastored between Switzerland and Germany before investing great effort to teach theological topics. The theological support for the start of World War I motivated Barth to consider civilization unable to hear and obey divine command. As a result, he returned to scriptural study and composed works

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    Emma's Dilemma

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    Emma's Dilemma I am investigating the number of different arrangements there will be in different types of names. Some names I will investigate on will have no identical letters such as LUCY. Some will have a pair of identical letters such as EMMA. Some names will have different quantities of letters such as AMMIE, JOE and ANNE. Firstly, I’ll produce a method which will help me figure out the different arrangements in the name EMMA and LUCY without using any formulas. Using this method

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    In stanza's one and two, the husband gives his wife a gift. At first she was happy to receive the gift that her husband made for her. In stanza's three, four, and five she finds out that the gift was made out of wood from the coffin of a man named John Wayward. When she learned of this information, her initial reaction towards the gift changed. Why is that? Her husband wondered the same thing. The wife became pale and turned her face aside. What part of the husband's information made her react this

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    emotional development in an infant. It is critical for this to occur in the child’s early infant years. However, failed to prove that this nurturing can only be given by a mother (Birns, 1999, p. 13). Many aspects of this theory grew out of psychoanalyst, John Bowlby’s research. There are several other factors that needed to be taken into account before the social worker reached a conclusion; such as issues surrounding poverty, social class and temperament. These factors, as well as an explanation of insecure

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    James Joyce's Araby - Setting in Araby

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    Setting in James Joyce's Araby In the opening paragraphs of James Joyce's short story, "Araby," the setting takes center stage to the narrator. Joyce tends carefully to the exquisite detail of personifying his setting, so that the narrator's emotions may be enhanced. To create a genuine sense of mood, and reality, Joyce uses many techniques such as first person narration, style of prose, imagery, and most of all setting. The setting of a short story is vital to the development of character.

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    In the 15th and 16th century, there had been three shining starts in the history of Christian Protestant Reformation. They are Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin. All of them made outstanding contributions to the Reformation. Martin Luther was a German theologian and religious reformer who was the catalyst of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. He was born in Germany. He went Latin school and then to the University of Erfurt to study law when he was only 13 years old. Martin earned

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    The Nicene Creed Essay

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    Throughout history there has been one common denominator in Christian congregations worldwide. The single most important aspect that is universal of each Christian denomination is the belief that God and Jesus are one. As defined by the Trinity, The father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit make up God. The truth of the unification of Jesus and the Father is manifested in multiple ways. God has the sole power to create in the universe and in the Bible it says that through Jesus all things were created

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