I'm looking for an essay I read in a collection of critical essays on the origins of literary genres - its thesis was that since the gothic tradition often reversed or undermined mainstream Victorian ideals, it could be seen as a sublimated response to colonial guilt that couldn't be expressed in public. The argument tied it into the practice of keeping looted Egyptian mummies in parlors and the first sprouts of Gothic arriving from the idea of something old and dead and foreign in your home that might be out for revenge. Ring any bells?
I’m looking for recommendations for conventional short stories that are reasonably easy to read and have some literary merit. When I say “conventional”, I mean stories that have a distinct plot, with recognizable characters, and some kind of clear resolution at the end. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a quote that fits a romantic (but not overly saccharine) mood that basically says "I do this because of my love for you, I believe in it because you believe in it, I stand by your side against adversity because I know I am with you."
I signed up for a senior-year seminar class for prose fiction. My GPA cannot suffer. I'm willing to learn anything and everything on the subject. Book recommendations are also appreciated. (English TAs and Profs are preferred! You are the next best thing to Literary Gods)
I'm teaching high school-level English next year for students who need a high level of academic support and I want the class to be both highly engaging and content-rich. If you were a kid who LOATHED writing for school, struggled with boring English classes, or can remember what elements you truly enjoyed in your high school English class, what advice would you pass my way? [more inside]
I'm interested in reading English literature between Chaucer and Shakespeare and would like suggestions. [more inside]
You often hear people say things like "When in Rome" or "Great Minds" when people are generally meaning, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." or "Great minds think alike." Is there an actual literary term for these clipped or shortened idioms?
Want methods for memorization, time management, and other study tips... [more inside]
Where is this mystical land where it is acceptable to answer statements with: "So?" [more inside]
Hi Mefites! So I'm wondering if anyone can help me in finding something to argue in a 5-6 page paper regarding 'cultural contact zones' in Orwell's essay ' A Passage to India'. Specifically, "the concept of a “contact zone” emphasizes how subjects are constituted in and by their relations to each other, usually involving conditions of coercion, inequality, and conflict. It treats the relations among colonizers and colonized not in terms of separateness but in terms of interaction and interlocking understandings and practices, often within radically asymmetrical relations of power." ( this is part of the prompt). Any suggestions? I'm usually a fairly competent writer but am having trouble here. [more inside]
Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
Foreign Literature filter: Non-depressing but non-dumb novel/other literature in written English, written Spanish and Audiobook (either/both languages). [more inside]
How do you go about the thought process to make an argument (as opposed to a theme, statement, or observation) about a work of literature for AP English Literature? [more inside]
I'm currently finishing my last English Literature Honors paper and aim to continue academic study. My dilemma is that I am unsure of whether to apply for an English Literature MA or a Creative Writing MA. [more inside]
Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...
I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
I'm writing a postgrad research paper on Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. I'm keen to hear from anyone who has done any academic work on the novel, or those who have a personal interest in understanding aspects of the novel. Very little in terms of scholarly research exists on the topic to date . My particular focus is a Jungian analysis of archetypes within the novel. It's an introduction of sorts, a quick overview (10 000 words) of a topic I have the potential of working onto a longer thesis.
What novel, published in the last five years, will keep my interest and be not-too-overly-verbose as to make my job harder (I have to write a paper discussing it's literary merits)? [more inside]
Where can I publish some old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket? [more inside]
Help me find a (Virginia Woolf?) quote about the "Poor School." [more inside]
Help a high school senior make the most out of AP English Literature. [more inside]
How long is a moment? [more inside]
I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
I'm trying to recall where I read of (most likely fictional) characters comparing their "favorite" Virgin Mary. [more inside]
How does an aspiring graduate student in English traverse the confusion of the graduate school application process? [more inside]
What does one do with a degree in literature? [more inside]
EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
Is Science Fiction primarily an American genre of literature? [more inside]
Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
Okay, I have realised that for my English Literature exam on Monday I have spent most of my time revising Blake (1/2 of the exam) and next to no time with Hamlet (the other 1/2 of the exam) learning quotes, key themes etc - we have read the play in class twice, the last time being about 4 weeks ago. Any help to make this exam go as painlessly as possible? I realise I may already be a lost cause. [more inside]
Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a dictionary or guide to 17th-century English that would help my teenage daughter understand the words she comes across when reading Milton and the boys?
I would like to go to school (for a PhD in English Literature) in New Zealand and would very much like some advice. [more inside] [more inside]