World Literature Essay Examples and Topics

Enhancing Pronunciation for ELL Students

Conceptual Framework All the things that I do and all the choices that I have made in life have entirely depended on the background and the experiences that I had while growing up. My conceptual framework is, thus, brought into being by the academic experiences I had in Harvard University while undertaking an undergraduate degree […]

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is one of the world’s most renowned thinkers. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in E.S for his work as a psychologist (Kahneman 3). The book is very long and hence not attractive for readers who prefer short-written books. However, it creates awareness, informs, and educates readers on very important matters related to […]

Language and Culture Interaction in English Language Teaching

Introduction Language has so far been the evolutionary device that has created a sense of cultural identity for people in the world today . There has also been a growing interest when it comes to the subject of culture and language in practice of English language teaching. This growing interest raises concerns of the survival […]

The power of a folksong in transforming an individual and the relationship between Whitehead’s book “John Henry Days” and Dylan’s folksongs

Introduction A folksong is a song that has the ability to adapt culture, human history, and art. Folksong usually employs the language used by the target audience when conveying its message. Furthermore, many people use folksongs to present their messages, feelings, views, opinions, and suggestions to a certain set of individuals. Significantly, the songs have […]

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

“Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun” is not only an important poetic piece but a glimpse at history and time of ancient civilizations. It shows how people viewed their life and God, paying their respects and making it a representation of all that exists. The cult of the Sun was a contrast to the darkness that existed […]

Education of Australian Aboriginals and the language barrier.

“Four Corners” introduces an important problem for Australia’s Aboriginal children and their difficulties with the English language. The new rule which requires the first four hours of school to be taught in English has proven completely disadvantaging and disastrous to students and their ability to learn (Whitmount, 2009). There are several, such as Aboriginal English, […]

Derewianka and Tompkins Teachings of Grammar

English is an international language and significantly contributes to modern communication. In essence, proficiency in English greatly relies on how learners manage to understand its essential elements well. Grammar is one of the integral elements of English language as it contains major components, which determine individual’s speech. It is imperative to understand reading and writing, […]

The Book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

There are distinctions between Belgian and British colonial practices. Chinua Achebe through his book “Things Fall Apart” narrates how the colonial practices of the British affected the people of Igbo in Umuofia village. Furthermore, he illustrates how the British managed to gain control of the state of Nigeria without bloodshed. The distinctions between the two […]

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In analyzing Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”, the main theme in relation to post-colonial theory is the identity of individuals at a personal and community level. This theory seeks to understand how an individual’s character affects their surroundings. The lens is a means that enables critics or students of literature to be able to focus […]

Book Review: “Climate change: turning up the heat” by Barrie Pittock

The book under consideration is entitled Climate change: turning up the heat and dwells upon the major issues related to climate change and its impact on the human society. Pittock (2005) provides in-depth analysis of the issues supporting his claims with extensive data. It is necessary to note that the book is aimed at a […]

The Art of Being Lonely: a Portrayal of the Lives of Chinese Women of the Post-wwii Generation. Wang Anyi’s ‘the Song of Everlasting Sorrow’ Analysis

Because of their being not ready for the shift from a WWII to the post-WWII environment and the change in values, Chinese women were highly susceptible and extremely vulnerable to the lures of the “New Shanghai,” which led the main character of Wang’s novel The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A novel of Shanghai, Wang Qiyao, […]

Book Reviews Red Dust: A Path through China and Iron and Silk

Red Dust by Ma Jian Red Dust presents the author’s (Ma Jian) experiences in China while it was under the communist rule in the 1980s. The book falls under the genre of a travelogue as it essentially gives details of the author’s three-year travels across China in a quest for self-discovery and spiritual fulfilment. The author’s […]

Adaptation Proposal: “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy

The ‘death of Ivan Ilych’ is a novella that focuses on the impending death of Ivan Ilych. Ivan was a high court judge in Russia during the 19th century. Despite having a poor relationship with his wife, Ivan had a good life. Ivan fell and suffered minor injuries while he was decorating his new apartment. […]

The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky and Constance Garnett are two prominent authors who narrate a great deal of ideas in their work The Grand Inquisitor. Like many authors of their time, the authors explore ideological and religious ideas. Dostoevsky and Garnet belong to the age of Dante, who in his work tried to illuminate and express ideologies that […]

‘The narratives of exile and diaspora’ by Mahmud Darwish

“The narrative of exile and diaspora” is all about Mahmud Darwish’s expressions of his frustrations with the way his fellow countrymen face injustice cases in their own country and even how things get worse for them when they flee their country in the attempt to try and find better living environments. Mahmud Darwish is a […]

Mahmoud Darwish: Narratives of Exile and Diaspora in the Poetry

Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian who lived between 1942 and 2008. His birth place was al- Birwa, a village in Galilee, which was occupied and eventually razed by the army from Israel. Considering that Darwish and the family had not participated in the authorized Israeli tally, they were regarded as internal refugees. For several years, […]

The Mystery Genre

The mystery fiction attracts many readers because of the plot richness and strong emotions evoked while reading mystery stories. The vividness of a mystery story and the effectiveness of unexpected finales depend on the author’s talent. The prominent masters of the American mystery fiction are Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Flannery O’Connor. Dashiell Hammett is […]

Linguistics in Educational Programs

Introduction The discovery of some oil reserve in the state of California gives the chance to confront a hot-button issue in California. The demand by the California Indian Council to have the Bilingual Education Programs brought back in exchange for access to the oil reserves located in the Indian reservations land is in order and […]

Psychological Theories of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

Psychology and literature are united by a common intent in searching for the universal answers. Philosophy and literature helps to understand the motives of the heroes’ behavior and psychology explains how the poetry affects human emotions. One of the greatest tragedies of Sophocles, Oedipus the King touches upon a deep psychological theme of the parents-son […]

A Study of the Supernatural: When Ghosts Jump into the Realm of Reality

At some point, one inevitably asks him-/herself a question concerning why people came up with such a ridiculous idea as the existence of ghosts and, which is even more curious, why so many people, even adults, believe in supernatural beings. Though one’s guess might be that thinking up, supernatural beings might be an attempt to […]

Selling of Sex in “Plum in the Golden Vase Volume I and II”: Ximen Qing’s power, Wealth and Sexual Exploits

Abstract Roy’s translation of “Plum in the Golden Vase” shows that, in the 16th century China, wealth, social exploits, and social relations gained a man social power. Social power was not the making of a man, but a social resource attained through monetary wealth, large household and higher lifestyle. This Ximen Qing exemplifies this through […]

Book Review: “The Plum in the Golden Vase”

Introduction Plum in the Golden Vase or Chin Ping Mei is a five-volume series that is embedded on the Chinese culture through a scintillating look into the life of one wealthy man. The man amasses a lot of wealth in highly mysterious ways. He uses the wealth to dazzle the society and does not fall […]

Review: “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

Introduction Some people burry their heads in the sand and pretend they are not seeing the evils consuming their societies. However, literature presents all evils through various means and makes sure everybody knows what is happening next door. This has led to bans and even imprisonment of writers and human rights activists to stop them […]

Effects of Transnational Organized Crime on Foreign Politics

Introduction Literature review refers to the evaluation of previous works of various scholars, including theories and major concepts. In academic research, both theoretical and conceptual review of literature is usually undertaken to establish the views, opinions, thoughts, and believes of various scholars and theorists. Revisiting the works of previous scholars is based on the idea […]

“After Bin Laden” by Abdel Bari Atwan

“After Bin Laden” written by Abdel Bari Atwan, talks about the past aspirations, present and future actions of Al-Qaida and everyone involved in the “holy war”. The author is the editor for a newspaper based in London which is called “Al Quds Al Arabi”. Not only does Abdel have extensive background and experience with the […]

Spirits without Borders: Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age

The book under analysis is called Spirits without Borders: Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age. Karen Fjelstad and Nguyen Thi Hien have dedicated the book to discussing the reasons and preconditions for spread of ritual from Vietnam to the United States, as well as to understanding the influence of ritual transnationalism on both nations. […]

Arab Diaspora in the USA in the Novels of Diana Abu-Jaber Arabian Jazz and Crescent

Introduction The American society can be described as a melting pot of culture with different people of different nationalities with different cultures coming together to form a nation. The history of America depicts a continent that is sparsely populated by the Indian tribes of America who are the original residents of the continent and whose […]

“Translanguaging in the Bilingual Classroom: A Pedagogy for Learning and Teaching” Article

Content of the Article The article “Translanguaging in the Bilingual Classroom: A pedagogy for Learning and Teaching” by Creese Angela and Blackledge Adrian discusses bilingual pedagogy based on the assumptions on Gujarati and Chinese language schools within the United Kingdom by Cummins. The authors are comprehensive in the aspects of language ecology and how complementary […]

Global English Effect on Arabic Language, Culture and Identity

The world has started to undergo all kinds of influences connected to the process of globalisation many decades ago. The boundaries between counties get vague, communication and interactions become more active, travelling is a usual part of modern humans’ lives. The tragic events, which happened on the eleventh of September in 2001, have made a […]

Critical Discourse Analysis

Introduction Language may be used in different contexts and texts to create different meanings. To understand the sign, vocal, or even written language, a form of analysis is crucial in establishing both the intended and implied meanings. This paper discusses discourse examination and critical discourse analysis (CDA) as two important approaches to analysing language use […]

Problem of Racial Slurs in Australia

Aims The study is aimed at researching the problem of racial slurs directed at indigenous Australians. There is no secret that ethnic conflicts and the lack of tolerance that they are triggered by occurs even in the modern democratic society. According to the latest statistical data regarding the social conflicts in Australia, the issue of […]

“Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence” by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Chronological, geographical scope and historical actors. Through her book, Prof. Hondagneu-Sotelo explores the life of migrant domestic workers in Los Angeles. She highlights their experiences at work. Most of her publications focus on the plight of immigrants. She submits, in the preface of this publication, that her aim was to explore the organisation of domestic […]

Literature of East Asia

The works of the modern Chinese authors represent the integral part of the world literature heritage. In contrast to the past times, the modern authors tend to feel themselves free to express their thoughts. At the same time, the publication of many of their novels reflects their bold action taking into account the political conditions […]

Arab Diaspora in the USA in the Novels of Diana Abu-Jaber “Arabian Jazz” and “Crescent”

Introduction The American society can be described as a melting pot of culture with different people of different nationalities with different cultures coming together to form a nation. The history of America depicts a continent that is sparsely populated by the Indian tribes of America who are the original residents of the continent and whose […]

“Less than Conquerors: How Christians entered the 20th century” by Douglas Frank

Frank was brought up in a missionary family and is a graduate from Wheaton College. Today he has authored a number of books including Less than Conquerors: How Christians entered the 20th century. The book explores and criticizes the manner in which evangelicals in the United States sought to control their destinies and their circumstances […]

A Dystopian State: Astutopia

Astutopia is the name of the aspired New World Order. This world aims to end global warming marked by overpopulation, which has gradually depleted the environment and associated resources. The guiding symbol is shown below; this symbol represents the land envisioned by the ruling government. This land can only be attained if everyone works hard […]

Magical Realism: Garcia Marquez

Magical realism is explained as the desire of the author to show the ordinary life of people with the instances of unreal, fantastic events. In most cases the desire to present the magical realism in short stories is explained by the desire to create a fairy tale, however, the reasons are deeper. Garcia Marquez used […]

Bamako: movie analysis

The film by Abderrahmane Sissako, Bamako, is an illustration of the themes revealed in The Eumenides by Aeschylus. The ancient Greek tragedy depicts the human society as it was in those distant times, though it is clear that little has changed since then. Aeschylus reveals the vices of people and brings to the fore the […]

Al-Mutanabbi

Introduction Although Arabic literature has been unexplored compared to the western literature, it is great and abundant in history (Husain, 1997). By studying the history of Arabic literature, one can get an insight into the lives of ancients Arabs. Equally, the history of the Arabic poetry can shed more light into the principles upheld by […]

“Humor and Laughter” by Attardo

Introduction Humor and laughter are essential parts of the discourse that intend to express a happy emotion. Historically, the two aspects of conversation did not acquire substantial attention until the 1990s when studies and publications regarding the topic intensified. Since then up to now, a synthesis of the different elements of humor and laughter lacks […]

The Scar of Colonialism and Ongoing Post-Colonialism

Introduction Colonialism is something that has left scars and continues to build negative emotions amongst the colonies. Kincaid uses her two novels ‘Lucy’ and ‘On Seeing England for the First Time’ to show the effects of imperialism, which represses the culture of the locals/colonies. Lucy is a powerful novel that captures the transcendent possibility over […]

Heroism in Beowulf

Features of Heroes and anti-heroes and their mythical backgrounds The first Anglo-Saxons had their own beliefs and pagan gods which entailed a strong code of warriors. In the warrior code, the Anglo-Saxons laid more emphasis on a deep sense of community as well as between the lords or kings and their followers. The brief and […]

Langston Hughes

Introduction Langston Hughes was a renowned icon in the world of African American literature. He wrote numerous poems, plays, novels and newspaper articles during his career’s lifespan. His social activism was focused on creating a voice for the African American people. Having lived momentarily in Harlem, he was quite familiar with the racial friction that […]

The Colorful Story of the Three Little Pigs

Abstract This paper will focus its attention on James Halliwell Philipp’s short story, “The Three Little Pigs” and the main theme behind the story. The author James Halliwell is famous for writing fairy tales which have been used as nursery tales and nursery rhymes. Further, this paper will analyze James Halliwell as an author and […]

Marking Territory by Lynda Walsh and Politeness, Power, and Activity Systems by Stephen Bremner

Reading Commentary Marking Territory by Lynda Walsh is an article responding to a research on the intermingling of administrative writing-style expressions and the feelings of stakeholders towards worldly objects. The author seeks to find out the various communication challenges that the Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project (MWBRRP) encounters. A number of remarks, recorded randomly […]

EFL Learner’s Ability

Introduction The acronym EFL stands for English as a foreign language where various tests are used to measure the communication and language competency of individuals who use English as a second or foreign language. The teaching and testing of EFL has been on the rise in the recent past as more and more people seek […]

Analysis of the tale Cinderella

Introduction When children read fairy tales they idolize the main characters, mimic them, and consider how they interact to be the most ideal way of behaving. Therefore, when female characters are obedient and passive, young girls will act obediently and passively; when male characters are emotionless, and think only in a logical way, boys will […]

Poem Research and Analysis: Dressmaker

The poem Dressmaker written by Éireann Lorsung is an example of a blank verse. It is not a fixed form of poetry, and the author does not have to follow certain rhyming patterns or structure. Overall, this literary work demonstrates that poetry can explore different themes and subjects and that it can highlight the richness […]

Little Briar Rose by the Grimm Brothers

Little Briar Rose is a classic fairytale written by Grimm Brothers, German folklore writers and cultural researchers. The story is originally known as a Sleeping Beauty and it is identical with Charles Perrault’s literary tale (David & Meek, 1974). Charles Perrault’s version of the story is represented in a lighter and simpler vein. In contrast, […]

The Representation of Irish Nationalism

Introduction The attempts to revive the Irish political nationalism have seen considerable Irish literary achievement. The country’s long history as a British colony and the effects of that colonization shapes the struggle for Irish nationhood and identity even today, both politically and imaginatively. The country’s struggle for independence intensified towards the turn of the 20th […]

Feminism in the works of Susan Glaspell and Sophocles

Introduction In literature and language studies, a variety of themes exist and among the fascinating ones is feminism. Feminism has been given attention by a number of writers, play writers, poets and novelists. Their works have been used to study feminism in literature. Feminism was brought in the lime light through the works of writers, […]

Social Criticism Work in the Scandinavian Crime Fiction Novels

Social criticism refers to a situation where malicious conditions are revisited with reference on how they have been entrenched in the social structures. Social criticism is geared towards getting practical solutions by applying certain measures to reform the society. Social criticism has permeated the academic arena, specifically in literature. Fictional literature has been used widely […]

The Problem of Characterisation, Modern Subject, and Subjectivity in Soseki Natsume’s Botchan

What is the role of subjectivity and identity in discussing the concept of the modern subject? In his novel Botchan, Soseki Natsume presents the story of a young man which is given in the first-person narrative. This manner helps to readers to concentrate on the visions of the main character whose nickname is ‘Botchan’ without […]

Stream of Consciousness: Mary the Measurable woman

Mary the Measurable woman Stream of consciousness is a technique of narrating a short story via giving an impression of exhibiting a lot of concentration. The author maneuvers from one reflection, sensation or observation to another. All these elements are often expressed by the authors in a continuous flow of words. These words are often […]

Literature Review: E-Books vs. Traditional Books and Influence on Public Library Systems

Introduction It is strongly believed that print books will be considered preferred medium for readers, but there is also a widely accepted assumption that technological change will touch upon the transition from transitional book production to digital one. A technologically driven society, therefore, will provide a favorable ground for reducing substantially the print material and […]

Northrop Frye Theories on Literature

Northrop Frye is man who proposed several theories in the study of literature. In analysing the Bible as a book of literature, he showed different themes of typology, identity, metaphors, parallelism, symbolism and allegory. All these are concepts in most forms of literature. He believed that the Bible was like any other book of literature […]

An Achievement Test for Foreign Medical Students on English for Specific Purpose (ESP)

To achieve a high level of professional performance, foreign medical students need to acquire specific language skills. Only knowing the language well enough, they will be able to treat people efficiently. With help of the specific test, students’ skills in English can be evaluated justly. To develop a suitable test, one needs to consider the […]

Los Pichiciegos by Enrique Fogwill

Los pichiciegos or Malvinas requiem: Visions of an underground war in the English translation is the 1983 novel by an outstanding Argentinean sociologist Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill depicting the events of the Falklands war through collecting the testimonies of the twenty-four Argentinean deserters. Criticizing the war and the Latin American dictatorship in general, Fogwill makes near […]

Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire) was a French philosopher and a writer. Voltaire was born in the year 1694 in Paris. As a young boy, Voltaire received his education at the Jesuit school between the years 1704 and 1711. At the school, Voltaire learned Latin, Greek, English, and Spanish. Between the years 1711 and 1713, Voltaire […]

Social and Political issues in Moliere’s “Tartuffe” and Voltaire’s “Candide”

Introduction Voltaire’s novel Candide is a satirical narrative, which makes fun of how people thought and reasoned out in the medieval times. Its major character; Candide, strategically and successfully illustrates the events as they unfolded in the then society as well as the situation in the contemporary civilization. The author uses him to highlight the […]

“Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics” by Michael Ignatieff

In the Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignatieff chronicles his own rise and fall in Canadian politics. The book describes Ignatieff’s failed transition from academics to politics. The author writes that his disastrous political career began when three “men in black” approached him with an interesting political proposition. Ian Davey, Alf Apps, and Keith Davey convinced […]

A world of tales

The Chinese story, “The Legend of the Panda” seeks to explain the reason why the panda is covered in black spots. The story revolves around a young Shepherdess, Dolma, who lived with her sisters in the Wolong Valley. The shepherdess comes across a white panda cub and she asks it to join her flock. The […]

The Relationship between Science and Nature in Frankenstein and Blade Runner.

At all times, people were trying to explore nature and master its laws. Curiosity is one of the major human features and it pushes people to discover new things and seek for new inventions. However, rarely if ever scientists were interested in the consequences that their discoveries might lead to. Thus, the ethical concern about […]

War Trash

Introduction War Trash is a fictional novel written by Ha Jin and published in 2004. The novel is about the predicaments of North Koreans and Chinese POWs during the Korean War. The author uses Yu Yuan to narrate the experience of POWs in the camps. War Trash is basically set in a prisoner of war […]

Similarities in The Sermon on the Mount and The Divine Comedy: Dante’s references to Christ’s Teachings

Overview of the Two Works Admittedly, teachings of Christ are the most important conventions for the Christian world. One of his most famous sermons is The Sermon on the Mount. This sermon is provided in Mathew’s Bible. In this sermon, Jesus Christ teaches people to act rightfully. He also refers to the conventions mentioned in […]

Down the Yellow Brick Road: When the Wizard of Oz Tells You His Secrets

It is truly miraculous that sometimes a book designed for children can disclose so much to the adults about their own world and the way children see it. Backed by a considerable amount of allegories and allusions, a typical story for kids might turn into an enticing quest for the adults, a mirror in which […]

The comics of Urbano Gomez

In the story, “Eggplant” was Urbano Gomez’s mother. She was giving birth every year, but children did not survive. She spent all her money in expensive burials for her dead infants, consequently, becoming a scrapper. Eggplant would always “…get into arguments with every market woman over food prices…” (Ruflo 112). Nachito Rivera was Urbano Gomez’s […]

“Talpa” by Juan Rulfo

In Juan Rulfo’s short story ‘Talpa’ the Virgin of the Shrine at Talpa is a religious symbol meant to heal the sick and other problems. Nevertheless, much of the story revolves around the sins committed by the narrator and his brother’s wife as well as the negative side of religion. Arguably, the author’s relationship with […]

Narrative Perspectives in Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado

One of the reasons why the story The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allan Poe) and the poem My Last Duchess (Robert Browning) are being commonly referred to, as such that represent a particularly high value, is that the narrative perspective chosen by the authors to highlight the discursive significance of the contained themes and motifs, […]

What Lurks behind the Other Side of the Coin: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s Story, Explored

Introduction A Gothic novel has been amply represented in literature and studied well enough, yet it is still unbelievably popular. Edgar Poe, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Bram Stocker, Daphne du Maurier, Mary Shelly, Oscar Wilde and many other writers became famous owing to the Gothic universes that they created. Evolving with every new story and […]

Connections between Different Realms of Being: Upanisads

Introduction The term upanisad has attracted the attention of many scholars. In fact, the term has created a schism between the older generation of scholars and more recent experts in this field. For example, the older generation of scholars views this concept in terms of the relationship that exists between a teacher and a student. […]

Arabic Literature: Qismati and Nasibi

Arabic literature has undergone some changes since its inception with several writers having had a profound impact on what actually constitutes this genre today and one such writer is Naguib Mahfouz. Born in Egypt in 1911, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the most celebrated Arabic writers with some of his works gaining global recognition for […]

Voltaire’s Attitude toward Religion

Introduction Voltaire hates all forms of cultural religions. Instead, he prefers a common god of nature. Voltaire’s problem with the religion is the moral inferences among various religious organizations. Specifically, the subject of religious intolerance was imperative for Voltaire. As a result, he covers this subject in Candide by portraying characters who represent religions negatively. […]

Last Virgin in Paradise

Introduction The Last Virgin in Paradise is an enjoyable and fascinating comedy, which is very resourceful in the study of culture because it focuses on cultural aspects of small communities and ethnicities. In the comedy, there is an emphasis on adjustment of the play to match cultural beliefs of the target audience so that the […]

The Massey Lectures

One of the foremost aspects of today’s living is the fact that, as time goes on; people in Western grow increasingly less capable of exercising a full control over the surrounding post-industrial realities. In its turn, this explains why the motif of existential alienation appears to affect the lifestyles of more and more individuals in […]

Reflection paper: “The cry of Tamar” by Pamela Cooper-White

Amnon was Tamar’s stepbrother and both were David’s children. Tamar was requested by her father to serve Amnon with food. She prepared some cakes and took them to her brother who told her to send everyone away before he could eat (Cooper-White 2012). When she was serving him, Amnon took hold of her hand and […]

Introduction to Folklore: Folklore Genres and Analysis

Folklore is a complex term, whose definition has stirred up mixed thoughts and ideologies in the folklorists’ world. There is no single definition that is universally accepted since different folklorists—in the past and current—have different thoughts. But, these varied thoughts are interlinked with Alan Dunde’s list of folklore, which entails different genres that are difficult […]

Folklore Genres And Analysis

Introduction The study of folklore plays a significant role in comprehending the nature of humanity. This can be attributed to the creation of stories, festivals and other artistic genres by members of the community in a bid to celebrate the humankind over the years. Most scholars have attempted to define the term ‘folklore’. It is […]

The Creation Myth in Different Cultures

Myths can be discussed as the important elements of each culture because ancient people expressed their vision of the world and its laws in the form of mythological stories as the attempt to explain the unfamiliar objects and processes. Thus, myths included the description of the processes which nature was rather difficult to be understood […]

Evaluation of Marital Situations in the Homeric Hymns to Demeter and Aphrodite

Both Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Hymn to Aphrodite expose the outlook of ancient Greek on religious and psychological world of women, as well as on their attitude to marriage. To be more exact, Hymn to Demeter reflects the crisis of marital relations and their impact on complex interactions between mother and daughter. Hence, marriage […]

Seven Variations of Cinderella as the Portrayal of an Anti-Feminist Character: a Counterargument Against the Statement of Cinderella’s Passiveness

There is hardly a single fairy tale character that has been interpreted in so many ways, introduced to so many cultures and both loved and hated as much as Cinderella. An epitome of femininity and a staple of the way in which women are portrayed in most tales and legends in practically any culture, “Cinderella” […]

Learning styles in fact to face and online environments

Introduction Stakeholders in the education industry have criticised online education because of various reasons. However, it is emerging that differences in student characteristics may be a significant contributor to the perceived inadequacy of online learning. One trait is student learning styles; if educators learn about the relationship between learning styles and education environment (online or […]

Folklore: “The Fallen Angel Cake”

The Fallen angel cake is an urban legend, which was published in a Sydney newspaper during the year 1980. In the year 1982, the story was published in a Canadian newspaper. The legend described a woman who baked a cake, which was to be sold in her local church. During the baking process, the cake […]

Analysis of Voltaire’s “Letters on England”

Votaire’s letters on England is a series of essays that were published first in the year 1733 by Francois Marie Arouet. In total, the series is made up of twenty-four letters. The letters can be interpreted as portraying political, religious, philosophical, and cultural themes. This paper analyzes the Votaire’s letters from the context of these […]

The Epic Ramayana by Valmiki

Ramayana is a book written a long time ago, and which is estimated to be between 1500 and the fourth century. It is one of India’s greatest epics written to date. The story has been adapted, and retold in many different ways; however, this particular one is translated by Narayan. The story has several female […]

This journal review: “The Wang Chao-chun Legend: Configurations of the Classic.»

This journal review intends to explore the various issues in literature that Eugene Eoyang (1982) wants to bring to light by analyzing the Chinese legend about Wang Chao-chün. From this week’s study, I have learnt that literature is crucial in diffusing myths and legends that may be found among different people of varied cultural and […]

“Piss and Vinegar”- An Editorial History of a Graduate Student Folklore Journal

Culture and Tradition Journal has reached a milestone by having had twenty-five volumes so far. The twenty-fifth volume titled “Ethnologies” is already out. The previous volume “Canadian Folklore” elicited quite a debate owing to its title. The magazine covers several issues that are important to students. The magazine was first published in 1976 using funds […]

Language Policy and Cantonese Speaker

Of all culture-related concerns, language issues seem to be the most complicated ones. When two or more languages clash, there are no winners – no matter which one become the superior, both cultures will suffer, since the superior language will become stale, isolated from the effect of another one; and the inferior language will finally […]

Contemporary legends

Introduction In the contemporary literary world, there are stories that can be considered as legends. These are stories that depict several features making them qualify as urban legends. Contemporary legends refer to the stories that are said to be true. These stories are carried on from one individual to another. In most instances, the contemporary […]

‘From within and without’ a world of utopia

An imagination of a world of utopia is one thing, amongst others that has always intrigued and struck me. This is because in such a world of imagination, I feel more realistic and scary, with all manner of ideas which encompass my thoughts. Such dystopian thoughts made the writing of the narrative “from within and […]

Significance and Role of Yugen in Waka and Renga Poetry

A Japanese poetry has always been famous for the mystery and depth of imagery, symbols, and themes introduced in their poems. Therefore, yugen is chosen for comparing two genres of Japanese poetic works. The most noticeable poems of the period have introduced a series of anthologies unveiling various techniques, and approaches to rendering their thoughts […]

Our Man in Havana

Thesis statement One of the foremost aspects of today’s living is the fact that, as time goes on; people in Western countries grow increasingly aware of the sheer out-datedness of the classical concept of nationhood. This could not be otherwise, because an ongoing process of Globalization effectively exposes people’s tendency to assess the surrounding reality […]

Reflective Entry: “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamands Ngozi

Using one or two passages from Purple Hibiscus to support your arguments, discuss how you interpret the ending of this novel? What is the message Adichie is relaying? “That night, I dreamed that I was laughing, but it did not sound like my laughter, although I was not sure what my laughter sounded like. It […]

Subversive Literature/ Dystopia in science fiction novels

Introduction People have had immense fantasies with technology. The sole purpose of making this passionate fantasy is to facilitate the creation of an ideal society that revolves around the notions of social harmony, political stability, equality, and economic prosperity. This is the concept advanced by utopian literature. On the other hand, dystopian literature claims that […]

Paradise or Hell? Conflicting Images of the Post-Colonial World

The peculiarities of the post-colonial world have been discussed in many historians, sociologists, and political scientists. However, they can also be examined by looking at literary works that describe the experiences of colonizers and those who were colonized. This paper will focus on the novel Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe and Margaret Atwood’s […]

Literary Devices in The Book of Haggai

Introduction It is estimated that the book of Haggai was authored in the year 520 B.C. The author of the book was motivated to challenge God’s people in respect to their priorities. Haggai called upon the people of God to worship and give Him glory that He deserved (Wolf, 1976, p 11). This was to […]

The Reflection of the Second-Wave Feminism in Scandinavia: “Show Me Love” and “Together”

The notion of feminism is characterized by the development of the peculiarities of its definition according to the aspects of the phenomenon’s waves. Thus, historians and sociologists still argue on this point, and they are inclined to determine two, three or even four main waves of feminism. According to the majority of opinions, the second […]