Lots of half-baked opinions on English Lit, Non-English Lit, and Food - and sometimes me.



Thing Theory and Teapots

I’m interested in writing an essay on Thing Theory (Bill Brown’s confusing brain child written in 2001), and the way it connects to the Palestinian love, and alienation from, their land in the poem, To My Mother by Mahmoud Darwesh. So these… Continue Reading →

Contrasts which lead to Conclusions in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

*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 →

Does Sidney’s ‘Defence’ still apply to the modern world? I think not.

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 →

‘Anything You Want to Be, You Can Be’: Self-Expression as the Voice of Legitimacy in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

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 →

Working Against an Image: Okonkwo’s Function in Things Fall Apart

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 →

Bleak Expectations: The Impossibility of Morality and the Foolishness of Altruism in Mrs Warren’s Profession

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’d Do Anything For You Dear’: Loyalty in Fagin’s Gang

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 →

Tragic Self-Discovery: Antigone’s Journey from Actor to Individual in Anouilh’s Play

Anouilh’s adaptation of Antigone pulls the Sophoclean tragedy into the twentieth century,  especially with regards to the heroine who here is seen as human, and not merely as a symbol of resistance. Antigone undergoes a journey to self-realisation which releases… Continue Reading →

The Lost Generation: T.S. Eliot’s Use of Absence to Illustrate the Breakdown of Society Caused by World War One

Lawrence Rainey asserts that Modernism seeks to find a ‘shareable language within the family of twentieth century tongues’ (34). In The Waste Land that ‘shareable language’ is absence, which conveys the trauma of losing an entire generation to the First… Continue Reading →

A Defence of Sir Gawain’s Actions in The Death of Arthur

The impossibility of chivalry continuing when the fellowship has already been fragmented by the very men who led it is highlighted by Gawain’s fruitless desperation to punish Lancelot for the betrayal of his chivalric duties towards Gareth. Gawain’s previous association… Continue Reading →

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