An articulate young scholar, a teller of uncomfortable truths, a provocateur whose rare insight into the new government regime gained the interest an entire nation, and angered just as many. A man who has gained the affinity of the brash leader of the new government. No, I am not talking about Milo Yiannopoulos. I am actually referring to the an entirely different Englishman. The man who practically invented the role of the provocateur. The man I am referring to is John Wilmot. Never heard of him? Hes better known by his title, The Second Earl of Rochester. Still never heard of him? Well... you should.
For this post I would like to take a moment to explore the concept of theory in literature. Also called critical theory or literary theory, it is simply the act of looking at a text (be it written word, film, television, music, art, or any other piece of media) through a specific lens that is outside of … Continue reading Finding meaning in the Madness: Psychoanalytic and Marxist Criticisms of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
Don Delillo has been a well known writer for as long as I have been alive. He's been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and probably should have won the Nobel prize if it weren’t for Bob Dylan. For this week’s post, I will discuss his 2001 novella, The Body Artist. Being that my Master’s thesis revolves … Continue reading Understanding The Body Artist
I would like to take a moment to discuss an absolute classic, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. For most people, Shakespeare’s work tends to fall into one of two categories: you either love it or you hate it. If you hate it, it is likely because of a trouble to relate with the work. … Continue reading The Taming of The Shrew: A Sly Tale
Stephen King is best known as a writer of popular fiction in the genres of horror and fantasy. However, with the creation of his massive Dark Tower series, King has written a grand epic tale that, at its heart, embodies many of the characteristics of postmodern literature.Through his use of pastiche, metafiction, fragmentation, psychosis, and anti-consumerism within the Dark Tower novels, King created a work that is distinctly postmodern.
To help start off my new blog page, I wanted to take a quick moment to discuss one of my favorite works of short fiction, Ernest Hemingway's “Hills Like White Elephants.” It is a very short story, but like many of Hemingway’s works, it says an awful lot with very few words.