Category Archives: Criticism

Undergraduate Dissertation — Entropy vs. Energy: the Subjective Symbol in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s ‘Islanders’ and ‘We’

  Introduction:   In June 1931, Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote to Stalin asking for the commutation of his death sentence to international exile. Within this openly insolent letter, Zamyatin included the following assertion: “Just as the Christians once invented the Devil

Undergraduate Dissertation — Entropy vs. Energy: the Subjective Symbol in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s ‘Islanders’ and ‘We’

  Introduction:   In June 1931, Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote to Stalin asking for the commutation of his death sentence to international exile. Within this openly insolent letter, Zamyatin included the following assertion: “Just as the Christians once invented the Devil

Architecture in Oz Shelach’s ‘Picnic Grounds’ + Sorayya Khan’s ‘Noor’

Examine the role of architecture in Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds and Sorayya Khan’s Noor.     Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds and Sorayya Khan’s Noor centre on two different partitions – Israel/Palestine and East Pakistan/West Pakistan – commenting on two unique cultural,

Architecture in Oz Shelach’s ‘Picnic Grounds’ + Sorayya Khan’s ‘Noor’

Examine the role of architecture in Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds and Sorayya Khan’s Noor.     Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds and Sorayya Khan’s Noor centre on two different partitions – Israel/Palestine and East Pakistan/West Pakistan – commenting on two unique cultural,

The Short Story, Literary Modernism, Kafka and Woolf

“The short story encapsulates the essence of literary modernism, and has an enduring ability to capture the episodic nature of twentieth-century experience” (Dominic Head). Examine the relationship between literary modernism and the short story with reference to the work of

The Short Story, Literary Modernism, Kafka and Woolf

“The short story encapsulates the essence of literary modernism, and has an enduring ability to capture the episodic nature of twentieth-century experience” (Dominic Head). Examine the relationship between literary modernism and the short story with reference to the work of

Imitating George Oppen

For my module ‘American Poetry: 1950 – Present’, we were tasked with a small assignment that required us to write “One or two poems in the style of one of the poets studied on the course, accompanied by a short

Imitating George Oppen

For my module ‘American Poetry: 1950 – Present’, we were tasked with a small assignment that required us to write “One or two poems in the style of one of the poets studied on the course, accompanied by a short

An Introduction to ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’

Mention the name of Little Lord Fauntleroy’s eponymous protagonist and one commonly receives a response centred on his iconic outfit.  That you would likely receive this same, possibly mocking response on either side of the Atlantic, attests to the intense

An Introduction to ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’

Mention the name of Little Lord Fauntleroy’s eponymous protagonist and one commonly receives a response centred on his iconic outfit.  That you would likely receive this same, possibly mocking response on either side of the Atlantic, attests to the intense

The Rwandan Genocide: the Redistribution of Christian Morals and Values

In the lead-up to my third and final year at KCL, I sat down to select modules for the coming year.  As I scanned the modules offered, one entitled ‘Testimony: Holocaust and Rwanda’ jumped out at me.  It seemed as

The Rwandan Genocide: the Redistribution of Christian Morals and Values

In the lead-up to my third and final year at KCL, I sat down to select modules for the coming year.  As I scanned the modules offered, one entitled ‘Testimony: Holocaust and Rwanda’ jumped out at me.  It seemed as

Role of Space + Geography in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry

Endeavouring to examine the role of space and geography in the entirety of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetic catalogue, would result in a sprawling, ill-focused argument.  Rather, by narrowing the focus to ‘At the Fishhouses’ and ‘In the Waiting Room’, a more

Role of Space + Geography in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry

Endeavouring to examine the role of space and geography in the entirety of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetic catalogue, would result in a sprawling, ill-focused argument.  Rather, by narrowing the focus to ‘At the Fishhouses’ and ‘In the Waiting Room’, a more

Place in ‘The Wanderer’ and Anglo-Saxon Elegy

In the frame of English literature, the term elegy has come to define a series of short poems found in the Exeter Book.  These poems, written across hundreds of years by unknown authors, written in differing styles, and many incomplete

Place in ‘The Wanderer’ and Anglo-Saxon Elegy

In the frame of English literature, the term elegy has come to define a series of short poems found in the Exeter Book.  These poems, written across hundreds of years by unknown authors, written in differing styles, and many incomplete

Role of Motherhood in ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ + ‘Samson and Delilah’

P.J. Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding, and Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah are forged in the furnace of motherhood.  Both films centre on characters deprived of the traditional, idealised notion of motherhood, in which a strong, caring mother successfully protects and nurtures

Role of Motherhood in ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ + ‘Samson and Delilah’

P.J. Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding, and Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah are forged in the furnace of motherhood.  Both films centre on characters deprived of the traditional, idealised notion of motherhood, in which a strong, caring mother successfully protects and nurtures

Geography, Identity and the Past in Toni Morrison’s ‘Song of Solomon’

Toni Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon revolves around the search for identity.  The desire to know oneself dominates the actions of the characters in the novel, and it is through their actions that an interconnectivity between the past, geography and

Geography, Identity and the Past in Toni Morrison’s ‘Song of Solomon’

Toni Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon revolves around the search for identity.  The desire to know oneself dominates the actions of the characters in the novel, and it is through their actions that an interconnectivity between the past, geography and