Category Archives: Literary Criticism

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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Literature As Exploration

Literature as Exploration Louise M Rosenblatt 1965 Reprint 1995 Schools and Colleges are there to teach students about themselves and humankind. As students, we try to understand the psychology of the characters we read about. We try to figure out … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Criticism

Anatomy of Criticism Northrop Frye, 1957 It is impossible to learn literature because literature needs to be dis-furnished from the study of it—or criticism.  Literary Criticism has many neighbors, including: Psychology and Sociology. Frye covers the Fictional Modes first.  Myth, … Continue reading

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The Poetics of Postmodernism

The Poetics of Postmodernism: A History, Theory and Fiction By Linda Hutchinson, 1988 The term Postmodernism is either under defined or over defined.. Word like discontinuity, disruption, dislocation, decentering, intermittentcy. These terms all seem negative though.  Post-modernism installs and then … Continue reading

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Summer Reading For High School

Summer Reading For High School AP/Honors Class For 9th Grade   Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou Go Ask Alice by Anonymous Ajeema and His Son by Richard Bradford The Good Earth by Pearl Buck Runs … Continue reading

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The Feminist and the Cowboy

The Feminist and the Cowboy Initially, I liked the memoir by Alisa Valdez entitled The Feminist and the Cowboy.  It reminded me of my own relationship—although minus the drama.  I related to Valdez being a Feminist like myself.   Like Alisa … Continue reading

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From Ethan to Ethan Frome

From Ethan to Ethan Frome You might have read my fiction, my diaries or my dream diaries and noticed that I wrote extensively about a man named Ethan McMillan.  Ethan McMillan is not his real name—it is one I made … Continue reading

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Fates and Furies

December 11, 2015 Fates and Furies Fates and Furies is a novel by Lauren Groff. It has become a bestseller since its release in September of this year. The reviews have been mixed. Groff is a talented writer, but Fates … Continue reading

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