Category Archives: Literary Criticism

Joan Didion: Conversations and Essays

Joan Didion: Essays and Conversations Edited by G. Friedman, 1984 Introduction: Play It As It Lays shows a preoccupation with existentialism. She examines the nothingness of the void as in Sartre and Camus—particularly The Myth of Sisyphus.  Kierkegaard She does … Continue reading

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The Age of American Unreason

The Age of American Unreason By Susan Jacoby, 2009 Jacoby writes about anti-intellectualism in America. She was inspired by the book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter, which was published in 1963. Jacoby points out that more than half … Continue reading

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Blake and Tradition

Blake and Tradition Kathleen Raine, 1962 Part 1: The Northern Sun: Visions of a Sage:  The Swedenborgian Songs and Jacob Boehme and Tiriel Part 2: The Myth of the Soul:  The Sea of Time and Space, Thel and The Myth … Continue reading

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In The Company of Rilke

In the Company of Rilke: Why A 20th Century Visionary Poet So Eloquently to 21st Century Readers  By Stephanie Dowrick Thomas Merton says, “Rilke is a poet. Is that a small thing?” It is a Rhetorical Question. It is no … Continue reading

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Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison Edward C Reilly, 1996 Jim Harrison was born December 11, 1937 in Grayling, Michigan.  In 1945 he was blinded in one eye. He was having his first sexual experience when the girl jabbed in the eye with a … Continue reading

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Dracula in the Dark: Film Adaptations of Dracula

Dracula in the Dark: The Film Adaptations of Dracula By James Craig Holte, 1997 Vampires often shapshift, particularly on film. Varney The Vampyre came first, then Carmilla and then Dracula. CLASSICS 1922: Nosferatu 1931: Bella Lugosi’s Dracula 1979: Frank Langella … Continue reading

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Dracula: The Vampire and The Critics

Dracula: The Vampire and Critics Edited by Margaret L Carter, 1988 Themes of Racial Purity and the Terror over Race are in Dracula. There is the subtext Darwinian struggle of Global Politics in Dracula.  Britain had imperial opposition during Stoker’s … Continue reading

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