The Race Question

James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex Colored Man James Weldon Johnson, is an African American man best known for his contributions to music, as well as politics; however, in 1912 Johnson made the bold and appreciated jump to author publishing his seminal work The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, not as fiction but […]

He Has Got a Kink!A critical examination of Charles Dickens Great Expectations

The Victorian Age is characterized by rapid change and developments in all arenas. Under the reign of Queen Victoria, Europe experiences advancements in medicine, science and technology. Individuals move from rural villages to the emerging cities, in hope to create a better life for one’s self by moving up in societal classes. Yet, another trend […]

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein -The like protagonists…Two Peas, One Pod

Two Peas, One Pod- The like protagonists in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Quintessential to the gothic tradition of literature, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has transcended time, countlessly readapted into television series, plays, and movies the tradition of gothic horror has much owed to Mary Shelley’s work.  However, a disservice is rendered to any who ventures not to […]

T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock “: Modern poetry

T. S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock ” is highly cited as an exemplary work of modern poetry. Published in 1911, Eliot’s work marks the divide between the established romantic writings that predecessed the era and the newest venture of modernism, seeking to articulate the feelings and ideas caused by the […]

My Last Duchess by Robert Downing – A Critical Review

Robert Browning’s “My last Duchess” is centered around the dramatic dialogue of the Duke of Ferrara as he shows a portrait of his late wife to an envoy. During what otherwise would have been an ordinary tour, the Duke provides a history of how he came to posess a portrait of such a lovely woman. […]

Margot Macomber and the Progression of Feminist Criticism

Margot Macomber and Feminist Critcisim

Literature in relation to feminist studies is one that aims to emancipate the role of women from the patriarchal dominance  present in the world, either overtly or covertly specifically those in  literary works, like Hemingway’s Margot Macomber.” To onlookers , feminist theory and practice appear to diffuse , a loosely connected body of criticism that […]

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!: Annotated Bibliography

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! initially began as a troublesome read. Though the plot proved itself to be captivating, the most immediate reaction to the text was confusion; one major reason for this was the constant shift of perspective throughout the text.

The Rise of Realism in Literature

After a critical assessment of Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility it is plainly obvious to readers that despite the criticism of Ian Watt’s work The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding, there is indeed a correlated connection between the rise of the novel and the use of realism as a literary tool.

Renaissance : Only the rich can attain enlightenment

The renaissance gave way to a breakthrough in education , and transformed the norms of behavior and thinking when it came to what was proper and important for man to study , a major shift in thought occurred between the mid fifteenth century up until the mid seventeenth century In which attendance in university and an emphasis on study hit an all time high . However, even with an emphasis on the importance of study to the society, school and education was also limited to the upper class citizens of the time.