Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Modern Literature Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

1,471 Full-Text Articles 1,077 Authors 451,802 Downloads 115 Institutions

All Articles in Modern Literature

Faceted Search

1,471 full-text articles. Page 1 of 26.

Resilient Russian Women In The 1920s & 1930s, Marcelline Hutton 2015 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Resilient Russian Women In The 1920s & 1930s, Marcelline Hutton

Zea E-Books

The stories of Russian educated women, peasants, prisoners, workers, wives, and mothers of the 1920s and 1930s show how work, marriage, family, religion, and even patriotism helped sustain them during harsh times.

The Russian Revolution launched an economic and social upheaval that released peasant women from the control of traditional extended families. It promised urban women equality and created opportunities for employment and higher education. Yet, the revolution did little to eliminate Russian patriarchal culture, which continued to undermine women’s social, sexual, economic, and political conditions. Divorce and abortion became more widespread, but birth control remained limited, and sexual ...


In The Thick Of National Consciousness: Difference And The Critique Of Identity In Elias Khoury’S Little Mountain And Salman Rushdie’S Midnight’S Children, Karim Abuawad 2015 The University of Western Ontario

In The Thick Of National Consciousness: Difference And The Critique Of Identity In Elias Khoury’S Little Mountain And Salman Rushdie’S Midnight’S Children, Karim Abuawad

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

How should the relationship between literary texts and nationalism be explained? What is the difference between texts that resist nationalism’s logic aesthetically and those that do so discursively? The answers to these questions form the core of this study whose central inquiry focuses on how the internal operations of fictional narrative handle the persistent depositories of national culture represented by a visceral bond between individual and nation. Most crucially, the potential of unraveling this resilient bond is located in the narrative’s aesthetic operations, not in its discursive pronouncements, irrespective of how critical such pronouncements may be.

Rather than ...


Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination Of James Joyce Edited By Robert Brazeau And Derek Gladwin, Rebekah A. Taylor 2015 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination Of James Joyce Edited By Robert Brazeau And Derek Gladwin, Rebekah A. Taylor

The Goose

Rebekah A. Taylor reviews Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce edited by Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin.


Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture By Karen Raber, Chad Weidner 2015 Utrecht University, UCR

Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture By Karen Raber, Chad Weidner

The Goose

Chad Weidner reviews Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture by Karen Raber.


Deep Roots In A Time Of Frost (2014) By Patrick Curry, Tom Shippey 2015 Valparaiso University

Deep Roots In A Time Of Frost (2014) By Patrick Curry, Tom Shippey

Journal of Tolkien Research

Book review.


The Neighborhood, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya) 2015 Washington University in St. Louis

The Neighborhood, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya)

Books and Monographs

No abstract provided.


Thinking Out Loud: On Dangerous Books, Difficult Stories, Different Lives, Ed Madden 2015 University of South Carolina - Columbia

Thinking Out Loud: On Dangerous Books, Difficult Stories, Different Lives, Ed Madden

South Carolina Libraries

In this keynote address from the 2014 SCLA conference in Columbia, Ed Madden discusses the legislative responses to the use of his book, Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, as the common reading at USC Upstate in the fall of 2013. Along with Fun Home, used as a common reading at the College of Charleston, Out Loud was attacked by South Carolina legislators who objecting to gay and lesbian subject matter in common reading programs. Madden explores the idea of "dangerous" books.


Student Learning And Conference Design: The Case Of Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf, Ann Martin, Kathryn Holland, Taylor Witiw 2015 University of Saskatchewan

Student Learning And Conference Design: The Case Of Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf, Ann Martin, Kathryn Holland, Taylor Witiw

The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Academic conferences are events geared to disciplinary specialization, and much of the SoTL literature regarding scholarly gatherings addresses their benefits for graduate student apprenticeship. In our organization of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, we explored other forms of pedagogy to augment an academic professionalization approach. In particular, we created opportunities for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning, which have particular potential for Humanities students who may end up applying their discipline-specific training in non-academic contexts and in unexpected ways. This paper explores the possibilities and limitations of the cross-disciplinary initiatives that we developed for Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf. Inspired by ...


Beowulf (2014), Translated By J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited By Christopher Tolkien, E.L. Risden 2015 Valparaiso University

Beowulf (2014), Translated By J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited By Christopher Tolkien, E.L. Risden

Journal of Tolkien Research

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell (2014), by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Book review by E.L. Risden.


The Dystopian Dickens: Expectant Of Hard Times, Micaela L. Hamid 2015 Liberty University

The Dystopian Dickens: Expectant Of Hard Times, Micaela L. Hamid

Senior Honors Theses

As part of this thesis, the novel Expectant will parody different elements of two of Charles Dickens’ novels with their dystopian, futuristic setting. Expectant replicates the themes of disappointment and emotional deprivation from Great Expectations (1860-61), and dehumanization and the struggle between fancy and reason from Hard Times (1854). The parody will draw parallels from the plotlines, characters, and symbols of these novels to further cement the similarities of the themes employed with themes popularized more recently by novels of the dystopian genre.

The mission of the project is to sell the novel, Expectant, to publishers on the basis that ...


Me Without You, Michelle Bracken 2015 California State University, San Bernardino

Me Without You, Michelle Bracken

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

ME WITHOUT YOU is an interlinked collection of short stories set in the blight of an urban housing project in San Bernardino, California. The stories follow the lives of three students in their year of fourth grade at a low performing school. Narrated from these points of view, the collection amplifies the voices of a community wrought with violence, poverty, and crime while also exploring how children brave the consequences of a world they cannot control.

Mesmerizing in its simplicity, and gripping in its detail, ME WITHOUT YOU intertwines themes of identity, family, loss, poverty, and longing for what is ...


Tutors, Carolyn J. Smith 2015 SUNY Plattsburgh

Tutors, Carolyn J. Smith

Tutors: A Site for Multiliteracies About Tutoring

Carolyn Smith's short story is from the perspective of an anxious student who has her first tutoring session.


The Body In Tolkien's Legendarium (2013) Ed. By Christopher Vaccaro, Helen Young 2015 University of Sydney

The Body In Tolkien's Legendarium (2013) Ed. By Christopher Vaccaro, Helen Young

Journal of Tolkien Research

The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium (2013) edited by Christopher Vaccaro. Book review by Helen Young.


"Infinitesimal Progress": Rethinking Bergsonian Modalities Of Time In William Faulkner's Novels, 1929-1932, Beau P. Sperry 2015 Bates College

"Infinitesimal Progress": Rethinking Bergsonian Modalities Of Time In William Faulkner's Novels, 1929-1932, Beau P. Sperry

Honors Theses

William Faulkner’s depictions of the past are as ornate as they are inescapable. His characters cannot escape the perpetual imposition of the past upon the present; entire lineages fall victim to the flaws of their fathers, history is as cyclical as the movements of a wagon along a dusty Mississippi road. This thesis explains the Bergsonian mechanics of duration present in The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August and reevaluates the fatalistic implications Faulkner’s macabre characters face recursively in and through time. Much of the critical exploration of time in Faulkner’s ...


The Chronicles Of Narnia, And How C.S. Lewis Created Christian Fantasy Fiction, Amanda Callow 2015 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education

The Chronicles Of Narnia, And How C.S. Lewis Created Christian Fantasy Fiction, Amanda Callow

Senior Theses

C.S. Lewis was a pioneer in combining the ideas of fantasy and Christian literature, before the fantasy genre alone was even acknowledged. Christian fantasy fiction, as a fiction sub-genre, can be identified as a piece of fiction with fantastical mythology and themes, with the addition of imagery and values drawn from the Christian tradition. Christian fantasy fiction attempts to use the mystical plot elements from fantasy, with recognizable Christian ideals, and meld them in such a way that they actually reinforce each other. This thesis explains how C.S. Lewis used this new genre to allow readers of all ...


Tolkien’S Poetry (2013), Edited By Julian Eilmann And Allan Turner, Andrew Higgins 2015 Valparaiso University

Tolkien’S Poetry (2013), Edited By Julian Eilmann And Allan Turner, Andrew Higgins

Journal of Tolkien Research

Tolkien’s Poetry (2013), edited by Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner. Book review by Andrew Higgins.


J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest And The City (2013), Edited By Helen Conrad-O’Briain And Gerard Hynes., Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley 2015 Georgetown University

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest And The City (2013), Edited By Helen Conrad-O’Briain And Gerard Hynes., Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley

Journal of Tolkien Research

J.R.R. Tolkien: the Forest and the City (2013), edited by Helen Conrad-O’Briain and Gerard Hynes. Book Review by Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley


The Monster Of Wall Street, Michael A. Stanley 2015 Cleveland State University

The Monster Of Wall Street, Michael A. Stanley

The Downtown Review

The scathing social satire that is Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho uses a unique stream-of consciousness narrative that draws the reader into the text by way of a fascination with the narrator. Patrick Bateman, a wealthy and powerful Wall Street elite who divides his time between giving fashion advice and frequenting New York’s trendiest restaurants and clubs, also happens to be a delusional psychotic and ostensibly a serial killer. Shifting between a narrative that sounds like a schizophrenic’s journal of descent into madness and occasionally addressing the reader directly, Ellis has created a voice for the main character ...


There And Back Again: The Epic Hero's Journey Through Gift-Giving, Emily J. Tomusko 2015 Cleveland State University

There And Back Again: The Epic Hero's Journey Through Gift-Giving, Emily J. Tomusko

The Downtown Review

Both The Hobbit and Beowulf have a place in the hearts of many readers across the world. In this article, we will discuss the concept of Anglo-Saxon gift-giving and the importance it played in the culture. This cultural norm was present in multiple forms of medieval literature, particularly in the epic poem mentioned above, Beowulf. I believe that this precedent of gift-giving was transmitted to the citizens of the culture as a form of “medieval propaganda” that encouraged the people to abide by said cultural norm, and expressed the punishment of failing to follow through. Furthermore, I believe that the ...


Ghosts In The Garden: Cultural Critique Through The Lens Of The Absurd, Andrew T. Catanese 2015 Washington University in St Louis

Ghosts In The Garden: Cultural Critique Through The Lens Of The Absurd, Andrew T. Catanese

Undergraduate Theses—Unrestricted

The primary lens by which I deconstruct my work is the absurd and “lucidity” of the absurd as developed by Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus. Camus’ absurd grows out of the tension between human desire for establishing order with the impossibility of doing so in a universe that continually resists our abstractions. The absurd then becomes a means to understanding the criticisms in my work of consumerism, behavior, and spaces which attempt to control or constrict people. I approach my art as an “other” or “outsider” from the system of Protestant moral dichotomy in which I grew up. There ...


Digital Commons powered by bepress