Travel writing is a literary genre that one might look upon with a degrading attitude; a Darwinian approach of the sort would be enough to send the branch of writing straight down to the bottom of the pyramid of genres, or as seventeenth century’s European academics would put it, the …Read More »
Question: what does a 19th century Russian novella have in common with an American new wave noir film? Answer: Nearly everything.
Søren Kierkegaard’s denunciation of Hegelianism culminated in his declaration that “subjectivity is truth” and “truth is subjectivity”. This presents a direct contradiction to Friedric He...
The short story Eveline is a representation of Dublin’s asphyxiation of its people. The short story’s protagonist, Eveline, is trapped in Dublin by moral and familial obligations...
Although the word “apocalypse” is always pictured as an end-of-the-world scenario, the word carries more meaning than is typically understood....
Wuthering Heights is a novel rife with opposing elements, from the constantly present juxtaposition between the natural and civilized realms to the contradictory dispositions...
Wuthering Heights is a novel rife with opposing elements, from the constantly present juxtaposition between the natural and civilized realms to the contradictory dispositions of such characters as Heathcliff and Edgar Linton. Similarly, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, viewed the human psyche as another landscape of conflicting drives and …Read More »
Although the word “apocalypse” is always pictured as an end-of-the-world scenario, the word carries more meaning than is typically understood. ‘Apocalypse’ connotes a prophetic revelation regarding a catastrophic event which will bring with it vast scenes of violence and destruction but which ushers in a new peaceful millennium. In Christian doctrine, …Read More »
In Frederick Douglass’s account of his transformation from a slave to a free man, he reveals, through instances from his own life and that of others, the dehumanization that accompanies the institution of slavery. He recounts how, from the very first moments of childhood, a slave is regarded by the white …Read More »
In 1764, the son and heir of a successful politician, Horace Walpole, launched his and humanity’s first attempt at Gothic fiction with his remarkable novel, The Castle of Otranto. Due to several elements that are present throughout the book, it is widely considered to be the initiating spark of a …Read More »
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 …Read More »
“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” …Read More »