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(2,200 words) A Valediction: of Weeping and A Valediction: forbidding mourning.

(2,200 words) A Valediction: of Weeping and A Valediction: forbidding mourning.

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A study of early English translations of Bengali folktales discussing the colonial discourses of control and gaze that were involved in such compilations and translations.

By Rangeet Sengupta (11,000 words) Married to the Devil: The Secret Agent's critique of late-Victorian gender roles.

In the mind of the author, the mind of the reader, or in the text itself?

Clarissa Lee Ai Ling studies some reader-response theories, and discusses some views on how the objectivity of the literary text is or is not distinguished from the subjectivity of the reader's response.

Sherin Koshy explores the history of women's writing in India, revealing the long tradition which preceded the rise of modern Indian woman writers in English, such as Arundhati Roy and Anita Desai. Drawing on views of tragedy put forward by Aristotle, and by French dramatists such as Corneille and Racine, Isabelle Vignier explains why Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy as well as being one of Shakespeare's Roman plays.

(3,700 words) The Mixture of Styles in Shakespeare's Last Plays.By Ian Mackean (2,250 words) The Late Nineteenth Century Debate Concerning the Revival of Celtic Culture. (3,000 words) The development of psychoanalysis and orientation of the self in the context of twentieth century western societies. gives a biographical introduction to Ernest Hemingway, winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature, then goes on to explore some of the themes of his novels, arguing that some critics have underestimated the depth of meaning in his work. Amitangshu Acharya studies Narayan's novels and concludes that his view is closer to the Oriental philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism.Mark Norton looks at the social conditions which gave rise to the psychoanalytic movement, and introduces us to the work of Carl Gustav Jung. (2,100 words) Placing Reality in Perspective: Guiding Lives. (1,300 words) Amal Gedleh examines the use of symbolism in William Golding's novel, showing how symbols such as the conch shell, Piggy's glasses, the Beast and the fire contribute to the novel's themes.Emma Jones considers the proposition: 'Endowed in certain respects with the sensibility of Margaret Fuller, the great campaigner for the rights of women, Hester Prynne is as much a woman of mid-nineteenth-century American culture as she is of seventeenth-century Puritan New England'. Radhika Lakshmi looks at the literary criticism of Matthew Arnold, the Victorian poet and critic, considering his influence on 20th century critics such as Eliot and Leavis, his limitations, and his legacy.(2,900 words) The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold. (4,700 words) Spurious Additions: Lal Behari Day and the Discovery of the Genuine Folk.Brandon Colas analyses Conrad's novel, arguing that at its heart is a critique of Victorian England's attitude towards women.(5,100 words) Stephen Colbourn gives an account of the way the dreamy romantic poetry of The Georgian Poets of the early twentieth century evolved into harsh modern realism under the impact of the First World War. A study of the life and work of the Irish poet W B Yeats, covering his interest in the occult, his role in the Irish Cultural Revival and Irish National Theatre, his love for Maude Gonne, and his becoming one of the first Modernist poets. Burns examines the rise of the Celtic Literary Revival of the nineteenth century, and considers the attitudes of writers including Edmund Spenser, Matthew Arnold, and W B Yeats, towards Celtic culture and literature. Narayan's view of life be understood in terms of Western concepts such as Existentialism or Nihilism?The mixture of styles evident in Shakespeare's last plays has often made them elusive to audiences, readers and theatre practitioners.Liz Lewis argues that Shakespeare used the mixture of styles successfully to contribute to the plays' themes of renewal and regeneration.By Ian Mackean (900 words) Religious Metaphysical poetry.Ian Mackean studies the way George Herbert (1593-1633) and Henry Vaughan (1622-95) developed the style of religious Metaphysical poetry established by John Donne (1572-1631).(3,000 words) Ben Jonson Unmasked: A study of how Ben Jonson's plays reveal his changing attitudes to his fellow playwrights, the theatre as a medium, and his own role as a dramatist. Prendergast delves into Jonson's plays and uncovers a rich subtext in which Jonson was exploring his own role as a dramatist, showing that in the course of his career his attitudes changed in response to changing circumstances and his own developing maturity.

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