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Greek Theatre: Staging Madness and Democracy

In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates declared that “madness which is a divine gift [. . .] conferred great benefits on Hellas”. One of those great benefits was theatre, for ancient Greece has always been hailed the mother of both Democracy and Theatre. During the 5th century BC, Athens embarked on a …

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The Life of Valdimir Nabokov

“Please tell your son that he will never be a writer” (Vladimir Nabokov and Some Poets of Russian Modernism). This prophecy, supposedly made by a distinguished Russian poet to Vladimir Nabokov’s father, proved to be quite a short-sighted condemnation of the young Russian-born author. Nabokov went on to become one of …

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Darkness Within: An Overview of Achebe’s Critique of Heart of Darkness

Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, demolishes the premise of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, proclaiming that the latter is a “thoroughgoing racist.” (Achebe 1789) In his essay, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Achebe violently criticizes the European perception of Africa and how it …

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Everett Shinn: The Revolt of a Wooden Canvas

The euphoric reward of practicing an art may at times present an opportunity to claim a rather dignified self-image; an illusory sense of superiority. Such a condition had baffled many minds that perceived it as an affront to the unspoken, artistic adjuration. A reaction was the natural impulse of those whose …

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John Donne’s Batter my Heart: The Unholy Call of Reasoning

“Doubt as sin,” writes Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, in his publication Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (86), criticizing the dogmatic pillars of Christianity that adhere to a resilient belief of God and religion. A true Christian, argues Nietzsche, ought to rectify their faith through “blindness and intoxication,” where “reason” …

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