*I did not do too well with this – I need to use questions as less of a springboard – have I mentioned how much I dislike being given a question and not being able to make up my own?*… Continue Reading →
According to Sidney, one of the main justifications of fiction is that it can offer clearer examples of morality than history. Consider this proposition in the light of a text that uses history. Sidney’s preoccupation with the need to ‘correct’… Continue Reading →
A heartfelt spoken word performance about family and racism, written and performed by Javon Johnson and recorded by Button Poetry.
Made the stupid mistake of referring to characters like real people again – need to stop doing that. I also need to remember to explain my interpretation of quotations from critical essays etc. I also never thought I’d actually write… Continue Reading →
Chinua Achebe is the man. In An Image of Africa, Chinua Achebe criticises the portrayal of Africa in the eyes of the West as one lacking in ‘factual knowledge’ and deliberately construed to help ‘Europe’s own state of spiritual grace’… Continue Reading →
The title wasn’t meant to be anything to do with the Radio 4 programme (which was hilarious by the way – Anthony Head is my hero). Improved on my last grade though. I also read ‘The Invention of Altruism’ by… Continue Reading →
I didn’t get a great grade for this, but I hope to improve. According to Carey, Dickens ‘encouraged the belief that criminals constitute a separate species, fit only for extermination’ (Carey 38); and yet when considering the motley crew… Continue Reading →