Literary Modernism, Existentialism, Intellectualism

Modernism as a literary movement emerged in France during the last quarter of the 19th century and remained an influential force right up until the Second World War throughout whole Europe and lasted approximately up to 1950. Modernism is also used as an umbrella term applied to the wide range of experimental and avant-garde trends…

Letters as Literary Devices in Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen, seventh of the eight children of Reverend George and Cassandra Leigh Austen, was born on December 16, 1775 (Warren, 2017).  Austen was an avid reader since her early years. However, her readings extended little beyond the literature of the eighteenth century. Writers such as, Samuel Richardson and Miss Burney tremendously influenced her.  Therefore,…

Richard Wright’s “Black Boy”: Literary Analysis

The autobiography Black Boy, by Richard Wright, is a tale of hope and determination. It catalogues Wright’s life growing up as an African-American in Jim Crow South, depicting the economic and social struggles that were stereotypical for African-Americans at the time. It follows him through his youth, examining the hardships and obstacles faced by both…

Formalism: Literary Perspective

What is Formalism? Formalists focus on literary elements such as plot, character, setting, diction, imagery, structure, and point of view Literary works are studied as independent systems with interdependent parts Biographical information and historical data are subordinate/not as vital to the formalist perspective What is Formalism? For Formalists, the proper concern is with the work…