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Hart Crane, White Buildings

White Buildings by Hart Crane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend of mine was once enamored of Bakhtin’s Rabelais and His World; I think he found in it a literary refutation of an unsustainable idealism toward which he was then tempted—and he also thought that it illuminated the work of Guns N’Roses (on the title page he wrote… 2,137 more words


The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

In Roz’s somewhat pathetic rumination upon her late husband Mitch, she finds herself at the apex of Zenia’s character. “Those in pain have no time for the pain they cause.” This thought occurs to her in relation to the pain Mitch has caused her by high-tailing it across Europe in search of the vanished Zenia, whom he had been so diligently drooling over. 231 more words

Literary Criticism

Review: Alaina Claiborne (British Agent #1) by M.K. McClintock

As a young girl, Alaina Claiborne witnesses a the murder of her parents…..an event that she doesn’t fully understand.

At ten years old, Alaina remains in her parents estate with her guardians, her aunt Charlotte and her uncle Sebastiaan. 966 more words


The Evolving Window: the Past Through Different Eyes

FOR 97% OF OUR SPECIES’ TIME ON THIS PLANET WE have no stories or documents. We can only conjecture and infer and speculate and imagine as to how our earliest ancestors lived. 2,038 more words


For a New Novel: Reading Robbe-Grillet by Fred Skolnik


Via Sein und Werden, here’s a good article by Fred Skolnik called Reading Robbe-Grillet. It begins:

Alain Robbe-Grillet came to the attention of fiction readers in the 1950s with a series of extraordinary novels whose declared aim was to take the modern break with the traditional narrative a step further and help create a “new realism.” The line of development with which he associated himself included Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Proust, Kafka, Joyce, Faulkner, Beckett.

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An argument against feminist criticism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

               Frankenstein is a novel of parallels and although Professor Mellor makes a convincing argument that the novel is an allusion to the repression of female sexuality and the negation and usurpation of nature, it is the anthropomorphism of nature as female that weakens her argument. 1,004 more words

English Studies

The Power of Uncertainty

A couple of nights ago, I saw the movie Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa, for the first time. The central event of the film is the death of a samurai in the woods. 891 more words

Italian Literature