Throughout the history of theater, few plays have been as compelling, as fascinating, and as multifaceted as King Lear.
In Renaissance England, a woman’ s body was a controversy; the womb controlled the body and was the cause of most illnesses, but the body needed the womb to exist.
In my presentation, I will discuss the role played by Clytemnestra in the Odyssey and how Clytemnestra’s actions reflect on the character of Penelope.
In my paper for the student symposium I will discuss the homosexuality of the character Antonio, in William Shakespeare’ s The Merchant of Venice.
Carl Sandburg reminisced in one of his Chicago poems about that city’ s history of enticing farm boys to the nightlife and vice. After working long hours in factories, on the rail or elsewhere, the men sought their pleasure through the wide variety of brothels, bordellos and parlor houses sprinkled citywide.
David Lodge is known most notably for his academia themed novels depicting the lives of English professors and his literary criticism. This foreign, hidden world to the general public is portrayed in Lodge’ s novels as a world of sex, intrigue, and English criticism.
In the early 1990s a new craze began to sweep across the nation, Instant Messaging (IM). People everywhere, young and old, began to interact with each other, not face to face, not over the phone, but via the Internet, using only text, but in a real-time format to communicate.
The character Iago in Shakespeare’ s Othello has a distinct religious flavor.
Among the notable legacies of Shakespeare’ s King Lear is the tragedy’ s dramatic influence over how the early moderns understood and depicted madness.
In an adventure formula, conflict with the villain is essential for moving the story along and provides wit, suspense, as well as illustrating what should not be done.
When Odysseus returned home after twenty long years on the road, he found his home full of suitors who did not want to return home.
After taking Playwriting I in September of 2005, I was inspired to write a dramatic full-length play. I finished a first draft in January and since then I have been extremely excited to observe the material on stage.
My reading will draw from material written while I was on a canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in northern Minnesota.
Iowa history is rarely viewed as exciting, and is often overlooked in textbooks. Moreover, relatively few Iowans are unaware of the countless abandoned towns that litter the prairie landscape.
This short story, After Chicago, was written in the Superior National Forest of Northern Minnesota during Cornell’s Wilderness Term in September, 2005.
In my presentation, I will discuss music in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and how it reflects the classical tradition.
The Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and those women who sympathized with their cause during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, are well-known for their fight to implement prohibition.
Wagner continues to exert a major influence in the world, even today. His use of leitmotifs enabled an unprecedented unity between stage drama and music.
Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been a popular source of entertainment, study, and cultural appropriation since its publication in 1865. Together with its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, it is one of the most quoted works in the world, and is still frequently referenced in pop-culture
In John Webster’s Jacobean revenge tragedy The White Devil , the playwright portrays an Italian court filled with intrigue, immorality, and suspicion
Monique Wittig, an influential woman of the radical feminist movement, left an important mark on the world in both the literary and the feminist senses.
This presentation analyzes the poem “Narcissus” by D.H. Lawrence, exploring its relation to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, its symbolism, and its essential message.
The nature of domestic violence in the early modern period was of vital importance not only to individuals but also to social units of various complexities. What was happening in homes commanded the attention of ecclesiastical authorities who wrote numerous conduct books on the grounds and acceptable limits of spousal abuse.
From the Induction to Kate’s final speech, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a play rife with controversy for our post-modern times.
New Historicism, a relatively recent concept in literary theory, advocates the study of the historical framework in which literary texts are produced. New Historicism has been criticized for a variety of reasons, but in particular, some critics argue against this tactic as a distorted form of literary analysis.
Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, the story of Satan on a jaunt through 1930s Moscow, offers a reformulation of various notions central to modern Christianity.
Working to support herself and her family in a time when it was improper for a lady to do so, Robinson became a prolific Romantic writer and actress, as well as a much-talked-about celebrity.
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Virgin martyrs are an interesting and puzzling part of the Catholic church’s history.
In his book Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, Stephen Toulmin argues that the great intellectual works of the 17th century were not the result of a spontaneous generation of new ideas at the dawn of the new century, but need to be understood as responses to the challenges of the intellectual skepticism of the … [Read more…]
abstract: Anne Hébert, a 20th-century Québécoise novelist and poet, often exploits the relationship between love and death in her prose.
The basis for my contribution to the Student Symposium is an independent study that I completed under Leslie second block of this school year.
Since it was first published in 1927, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse has proved inexhaustible to critics. As feminism has evolved, feminist critics have read and reread To the Lighthouse.
François-René de Chateaubriand has a dual use of exoticism in his novel Atala.
“As Poetry admits not a Letter that is Insignificant, so Painting admits not a Grain of Sand or a Blade of Grass Insignificant- much less an Insignificant Blur or Mark.” William Blake, “A Vision of the Last Judgment”
History has shown that the ways in which women have given birth has reflected changes in society and its attitudes.
The revolutionary writings of Richard Wagner are placed perfectly within a turbulent 19th century Europe.
Ondaatje begins Coming Through Slaughter with simple information about the environment of Buddy Bolden.