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T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land", And Yoga Philosophy, Jessica Cloud 2018 The University of Southern Mississippi

T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land", And Yoga Philosophy, Jessica Cloud

Master's Theses

While pursuing his graduate studies at Harvard, T.S. Eliot put a year into deep study of the Yoga Sutras with renowned scholar James Haughton Woods. Yoga, defined in the Sutras as the practice of stopping “the fluctuations of the mind-stuff” (Patañjali 8), provides the possibility of hope and equanimity in Eliot’s poem The Waste Land (1922), which depicts a world seemingly devoid of meaning. Not only can the influence of the Yoga Sutras be seen in the poetic form, style, and voice of The Waste Land and in the explanatory notes to the poem provided by Eliot ...


The Phenomenological Beat: Allen Ginsberg's Many Multitudes, Joseph Karwin 2018 University of Texas at Tyler

The Phenomenological Beat: Allen Ginsberg's Many Multitudes, Joseph Karwin

English Department Theses

A considerable amount of critical commentary about Allen Ginsberg has focused on his public persona and on his relationship with the Beat Generation. This focus runs counter to Ginsberg’s own wishes, as he wished to be studied as a poet first, a serious poet, and a poet speaking for a new American voice. By focusing on the poetry and on Ginsberg’s extensive amount of self-analysis, this paper details the main strategies and techniques Ginsberg employed in his poetics, and how he used those techniques to form a modern American voice in poetry.

The paper specifically looks at Ginsberg ...


Player-Response: On The Nature Of Interactive Narratives As Literature, Lee Feldman 2018 Chapman University

Player-Response: On The Nature Of Interactive Narratives As Literature, Lee Feldman

English Theses

In recent years, having evolved beyond solely play-based interactions, it is now possible to analyze video games alongside other narrative forms, such as novels and films. Video games now involve rich stories that require input and interaction on behalf of the player. This level of agency likens video games to a kind of modern hypertext, networking and weaving various narrative threads together, something which traditional modes of media lack. When examined from the lens of reader-response criticism, this interaction deepens even further, acknowledging the player’s experience as a valid interpretation of a video game’s plot. The wide freedom ...


Literary Beasts: Use Of Animal Imagery In The Canterbury Tales, Morgan Kentsbeer 2018 Ursinus College

Literary Beasts: Use Of Animal Imagery In The Canterbury Tales, Morgan Kentsbeer

English Independent Study Projects

Through this paper I am going to argue that animals from the Middle Ages held more worth and were often considered to be more important than their modern counterparts. This gets shown through the three types of ways that animals are used within The Canterbury Tales. First, they are used as allegorical shorthands that imply more meaning with a fewer amount of words; this concept is primarily shown in “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Secondly, animals are crafted into characters but still end up being used as tools by other characters or Chaucer himself ...


Forgotten Fairies: Traditional English Folklore In "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Alexandra Larkin 2018 College of the Holy Cross

Forgotten Fairies: Traditional English Folklore In "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Alexandra Larkin

The Criterion

While the fairies shown in the play would have been known by Shakespeare’s audience, there was a clear difference between the fairies of traditional folklore and the fairies that Shakespeare describes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In traditional English folklore, fairies were “made” for, and by, the middle and lower classes; their stories were most believed and the most encounters were experienced by these people. Fairies in folklore were alternatingly deadly and wildly helpful, giving humans who stumbled upon them presents or death. In the play, Shakespeare departs from more traditional depictions of fairies and instead characterizes these ...


Something In Nothing: A Discussion Of Madness And Wisdom In King Lear, Leela Mennillo 2018 College of the Holy Cross

Something In Nothing: A Discussion Of Madness And Wisdom In King Lear, Leela Mennillo

The Criterion

This essay argues against Shakespeare critic David Kastan’s nihilistic reading of King Lear. While I agree that nothingness lies at the heart of the tragedy, I maintain that the recurring theme of nothing does not depict a world devoid of meaning. Rather, Shakespeare suggests that the recognition of the abyss is necessary in the quest for higher meaning. I approach this debate through various philosophical lenses, presenting a reading that equates wisdom and nothingness. Cordelia’s recognition of the limitations of human knowledge first introduces this idea. I detect elements of the divine nature of nothingness in the seemingly ...


"'Violent Love': Jane Austen And Eighteenth-Century Marriage Laws", Brianna Bicho 2018 Seton Hall University

"'Violent Love': Jane Austen And Eighteenth-Century Marriage Laws", Brianna Bicho

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

In several of Jane Austen’s novels, her heroines are confronted more than once with the proposition of marriage. Many of the primary proposal scenes in these tales contain violent language seemingly at odds with the romantic context, and the romance convention, of a proposal scene. Austen’s rhetoric of violence functions as a critique of contemporary laws defining and regulating marriage, particularly Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in 1765. These laws negated a woman’s ownership – both personal and financial – upon her marriage: they outlined both the illegality of a wedded female to own property ...


Time, Memory, And Consciousness In Virginia Woolf’S Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, And Between The Acts, Nicole Olivotti 2018 Seton Hall University

Time, Memory, And Consciousness In Virginia Woolf’S Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, And Between The Acts, Nicole Olivotti

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Clarissa Dalloway emerges as a character gripped by the notion and passage of time. Woolf represents the chronological aspect of time through images such as Big Ben and its relentless chimes as well as the various references to clocks or bells throughout the novel. To the Lighthouse also thematically and narratively explores constructions of time, particularly by focusing on elements such as inaction and delay. The journey to the Lighthouse, for example, does not occur until the end of the novel. Both texts underscore the tension between the linear timeframe of the novel and ...


Review Of The Making Of Jane Austen, Mary Beth Tegan 2018 Saint Xavier University

Review Of The Making Of Jane Austen, Mary Beth Tegan

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

No abstract provided.


Review Of Minds In Motion, Anna K. Sagal 2018 Heartland Community College

Review Of Minds In Motion, Anna K. Sagal

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

A review of Anne Thell's Minds in Motion.


Review Of The Shelley-Godwin Archive, Stacey L. Kikendall 2018 Park University

Review Of The Shelley-Godwin Archive, Stacey L. Kikendall

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Review of The Shelley-Godwin Archive


Review Of The Ladies Of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, And The Legacies Of Criticism, Dawn M. Goode 2018 James Madison University

Review Of The Ladies Of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, And The Legacies Of Criticism, Dawn M. Goode

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Review of The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism. Bucknell UP, 2017. xxxvi + 331pp. Index. ISBN: 978-1-6114-8761-9.


Review Of Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre Production Of Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Stratagem, Tanya M. Caldwell 2018 Georgia State University

Review Of Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre Production Of Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Stratagem, Tanya M. Caldwell

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

This article reviews the production of Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Stratagem directed by Tony Cownie and produced for the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in February and March 2018. In setting the play in Edinburgh and placing emphasis on its women characters, Cownie underscores the universal and timeless relevance of Cowley's play as well as its performance versatility.


Anna Larpent And Shakespeare, Fiona Ritchie 2018 McGill University

Anna Larpent And Shakespeare, Fiona Ritchie

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Anna Larpent (1758-1832) is a crucial figure in theater history and the reception of Shakespeare since drama was a central part of her life. Larpent was a meticulous diarist: the Huntington Library holds seventeen volumes of her journal covering the period 1773-1830. These diaries shed significant light on the part Shakespeare played in her life and contain her detailed opinions of his works as she experienced them both on the page and on the stage in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century London. Larpent experienced Shakespeare’s works in a variety of forms: she sees Shakespeare’s plays performed, both professionally ...


Wishing For The Watch Face In Jonathan Swift’S “The Progress Of Beauty”, Jantina Ellens 2018 McMaster University

Wishing For The Watch Face In Jonathan Swift’S “The Progress Of Beauty”, Jantina Ellens

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

This article illuminates the technological underpinnings of Jonathan Swift’s satire, “The Progress of Beauty” (1719), by exploring how eighteenth-century poetics of beauty and scientific progress pit human against automaton. This article ranges from the ego of masculine technological display to women’s self-identification with the automaton to suggest that Swift’s speaker blazons the aging prostitute’s body with the hope that it might resurrect a lost ideal, the beautiful watch face. Instead, readers are confronted with the vision of Celia who, with her chipped paint, greasy joints, and faulty mechanisms, reminds them that humanity continues to break through ...


Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4, 2018 University of Iowa

Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Circulating Multitudes: From Antiquity To Cell Theory, Stefanie Heine 2018 University of Toronto

Circulating Multitudes: From Antiquity To Cell Theory, Stefanie Heine

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Whitman’S Native Futurism: Frontier Erotics In The 1860 Leaves Of Grass, Benjamin Meiners 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Whitman’S Native Futurism: Frontier Erotics In The 1860 Leaves Of Grass, Benjamin Meiners

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


“Till The Gossamer Thread You Fling Catch Somewhere”: Parvin E’Tesami’S Creative Reception Of Walt Whitman, Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi 2018 TU Dortmund University

“Till The Gossamer Thread You Fling Catch Somewhere”: Parvin E’Tesami’S Creative Reception Of Walt Whitman, Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Winter/Spring 2018, Ed Folsom 2018 University of Iowa

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Winter/Spring 2018, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


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