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Literature & Arts

'Literature and Arts' is a sub-discipline of study of English which focuses on not only literature and art throughout the course of history, but also the social history and philosophy of their respective eras. This subject is often taught in many universities as it examines the importance of the creative and intellectual outputs of people in the past. By studying the context in which creativity has emerged in the modern world, we may gain some insight into thwe multi-faceted image of the past, and perhaps ideas for the present and future too. In this light, poetry and artwork from the past is not only a product of its time, but also a means for development of the collective ideas of individuals and societies.

William Blake often illustrated his own poems, mixing the mediums of literature and art.

Courses which explore literature and art do not only focus on the descriptive history of these topics, but also often apply modern analysis techniques to interpret the prose, poetry and artwork. A particular concern in this field of study is making connections between literature and art, as well as various individual pieces of each to give a more holistic approach to interpretation. Such studies are not isolated to the classroom either, but can, and should, extend into museums and exhibits, where the actual pieces of artwork are on display.

Categories within Literature & Arts

Prose

Postings: 108

Prose refers to a form of language which uses not only a grammatical structure but also a natural flow of speech.

Poetry

Postings: 184

Poetry refers to a form of literary work which uses style and rhythm to emphasize the expression of feelings and ideas.

Plays, Film, and Media

Postings: 87

Dramatic arts refers to a form of fictional art represented in a performance.

Helpful Devices in Literature Comprehension

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Literary Trauma

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Trances in book plot

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Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller

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"Under Western Eyes" by Chandra Mohanty is briefly explicated.

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Fahrenheit 451: The Society

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Comparing Couples from Midsummer Night's Dream

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Nature in Pre-civil war American Literature

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Discuss the themes that are evident in Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape."

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Homer and Dante

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Literary Analysis on Antigone.

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study questions for Little Women

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Hamlet's themes of appearances vs. reality

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APA Citation Example with no Author

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (outline)

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King Lear

By the end of Act I in King Lear, everything is well on its way to serious disorder. 1. What is the basis of this disorder? 2. What is Shakespeare's purpose in disorder? 3. What do you think the play seems to imply about politics, feudalism, and power in England? 4. What does the play imply about family dynamics? 5

The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks

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Milton's Paradise Lost

John Milton challenges the common belief that chaos and Satan are purely evil entities, and asks readers to consider whether God is capable of possessing evil himself. This entry discusses the common themes that are often seen in Milton's writing, and adds valid comparisons of his theories to the Christian bible.

Analysis and summary of "Sweat"

Please do an analysis and summary of "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston (Short Story) Click on below link to the Story: http://lists.wsu.edu/pipermail/english/attachments/20130206/4fdc96a6/HurstonSweat.pdf

Metaphors: Natural and Mental Ordering

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