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This thesis does not submit to the tradition of seeing Emily Dickinson as an isolated poet, oblivious to the affairs of the world but, rather, examines her as a poet whose work expresses a keen insight into, and awareness of, societal goings-on. Specifically, this thesis presents a comprehensive picture of the way in which Dickinson’s poetry responds to the many changes that were occurring in nineteenth-century society, such as the transition from a religion-oriented to a materialistic society, and the shift from a region-oriented to a more cosmopolitan culture. To do so, it focuses on three topics central to her poetry and related to her changing times: nineteenth-century materialism, the fashionable practice of travelling, and the poems which contain more abstract discussions of radical change and uncertainty. In examining these thre...
Over het vrouwbeeld in de joods-Amerikaanse literatuur en cultuur van de twintigste eeuw.
This thesis explores historical epic genre in the light of the post 9-11 American society. The resurgence of the historical epic film in 2001 to 2011 is not mere coincidence, American cinema attempted to analyze, explain and justify the changes brought about by the post-9/11 era. The historical epic film creates a common imagined past as well as it helps consolidate an American identity. Alexander, Troy, 300, Clash of Titans, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Immortals, are analyzed in four chapters dealing with four central themes: “Heroes and Heroic Sacrifice,” “War,” “Empire,” and “Freedom and Democracy.”
This BA thesis compares three of Saul Bellow's early novels, namely, Dangling Man, Herzog and, briefly, Henderson the Rain King, with the novel Oblomov by Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov, as well as the stock character of the schlemiel that is found in Jewish literature. The thesis shows how aspects of both Oblomov and the schlemiel can be found in Bellow's work, and how these work together to construct a picture of marginality in his novels.
Even though Cisneros, Hong Kingston and Mukherjee bring about comparable circumstances in their literary search for a creation of an American identity as a result of their racial and female marginality, in their fragmentarily displayed first person narratives they make use of different literary strategies in a journey to self because of their diverse cultural backgrounds and consequently represent the larger discussion on the multicultural diversities of the American identity.
This thesis argues that Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead constitute compatible and interconnected messages of Native American presence and sovereignty and discusses Silko’s novels as narratives of mediation. I claim that both Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead mediate Native American trauma not only through their plots, the story they are telling, but also, and more importantly, through their narratives, the form through which the story is told. Therefore I set my reading of the novels in the context of postmodernism and post-colonialism. Moreover, I apply trauma and psychoanalysis theories to see how the unresolved Native American trauma of colonization is at the roots of Silko’s novels, and as such becomes the departure point for the argument in this thesis. Through her representation of trauma in Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead, Silk...
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