The study of literature — or really any cultural text — requires two components: research and response.
A collection of links about Norman Mailer. Send me your favorites to include.
When writing a forum response, you might want to use one of these ideas to get you started. These will work also for essays in the humanities.
The following essay was submitted by Erika Lloyd to answer the following question. It is from my recent World Literature 1 summer course and provides an example of a solid and thoughtful essay that incorporates lecture and discussion with a firm grasp of the texts considered.
When reading poetry, particularly a new and difficult poem, you might need a bit of help accessing it. Consider the following questions as guides for beginning to understand poetry.
Another aspect to consider when writing about literature is getting your quotations correct. When incorporating quotations from poems into your writing, you must keep the lines exactly as the poet has set them down. Remember, this is what a quotation is: an exact reproduction of the original writing.
The following links are my notes about some of the literary theory that we’re discussing this semester. They are offered as thoughts about our readings, not definitive interpretations of these challenging texts. I will likely be adding to this list all semester, but you might wish to subscribe to the Humanities Index RSS feed.
Inspired by Seneca and made popular on the Elizabethan stage by Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy (1586), revenge tragedy depicts a son’s revenge for a father’s murder (or vice versa). The murder is revealed and directed to the protagonist by the murdered man’s ghost, as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1601).
Comedy is, as I have said, an imitation of lower types; though it does not include the full range of badness, nevertheless to be ridiculous is a kind of deformity. The causes of laughter are errors and deformities that do not pain or injure us; the comic mask, for instance, is deformed and distorted but not painfully so.
Gothic signifies a writing of excess. It appears in the awful obscurity that haunted eighteenth-century rationality and morality. It shadows the despairing ecstasies of Romantic idealism and individualism and the uncanny dualities of Victorian realism and decadence.