Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon does not sit comfortably in one single category when it comes to labeling its genre. In fact it has characteristics of a variety of different novel types such as the detective novel and folktale. Drawing from a variety of styles Morrison blends history with folktale and myth to create a novel that …

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British Romanticism

British Romanticism

Introduction British Romanticism as a literary movement dates back to the eighteenth-nineteenth centuries, although the term “Romanticism” is such a “troublesome concept” (Perry, 1998 p.5) that the researchers continue to provide contradictory findings in regard to Romanticism. This complexity can be explained by the fact that some scholars point at the possibility to create common …

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Romantic Literature

Romantic Literature

As George Ross Ridge suggests in his The Hero in French Romantic Literature (1959), “Romanticism is the point of departure in modern literature” (Ross Ridge, 1959: p.1) and as such can be seen as heralding from a time of enormous social and political flux, representing also a similar departure in the psychology of the individual …

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Aesthetic Writing

Aesthetic and Decadent Writing

Decadent and Aesthetic writing was borne of a tumultuous period at the end of the nineteenth century – a period often referred to as the fin de siècle. The cultural politics of the time were represented in the themes appropriated in the work, such as artifice, a yearning for ideal beauty and a desire to …

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Dilemmas in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Titus Andronicus

The nature of dilemma dictates a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two alternatives, often bringing undesirable consequences regardless of which alternative is chosen. Dilemmas are frequent in Shakespeare’s tragedies and often concerned with a conflict between moral duty and emotions governed by revenge or ambition. What makes these dilemmas …

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African Literature

Embodiment in African Literature

Embodiment in African Literature reflects cultural traditions, colonial history and inner conflicts of African people, thus it is impossible to interpret African narratives without appropriate understanding of these aspects. In his novel Things Fall Apart and short story collection Girls at War Chinua Achebe brings up these issues, investigating religious and cultural ideals of Ibo …

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