Questions related to American Literature
Does the Beat movement of the 1980s differ in characteristics from that of 1960s?
The beat voice has subdued in the 1980s as the major members of the movement either passed away or grew old. And there is also perhaps the change in the audience's taste in a context in which much of the countercultural practices and attitudes of the 1960s were more or less normalized; like pornography, sexual liberty, the growing recognition (and recent empowerment) of the queer community, drug-taking, attitudes to traditional religion and spirituality.
But I wonder if anyone could pinpoint stylistic or ideological evolvement in the 1980s beat movement. I'm specifically interested in Allen Ginsberg.
Thanks for sharing ideas!
Anti-imperialist Poetics involves issues of politics, identity, the self and the Other, and resistance among other topics. However, the amount of research done in this area seems to be not as wide as it may be expected (please correct me if you think otherwise).
So how much freedom do western academics really have in researching such areas that criticize the political history of their own nations? How willing are these researchers into investigating a topic that would present their countries in unfavorable lights? I'm asking from a literary studies view point, having American poetry in mind in particular.
Literature is not a documentary. However, biographical traces do exist in many literary works. Apart from depicting "real" events, experiences and characters, can we consider the feelings or emotions associated with these experiences as biographical traces, even though authorial factors changed the original events that instigated these emotions?
What sorts of things does imaginative literature teach us? Is imaginative literature a luxury or an essential aspect of the human experience? Should the teaching of imaginative literature be included in educational curricula as a required subject, or, at least, an elective?
I'd appreciate suggestions for modern American poets whose poetry reveals preoccupation with their own image as individuals; a preoccupation with individual identity in which, for example they extensively use "I";
something reminiscent of Emily Dickinson's and Theodore Roethke's metaphysics and imagination.
I am doing research work on the writings of William Faulkner and thinking of adding a Faulkner novel to my course on Law and Literature (probably Requiem for a Nun)
I currently work on MA thesis which discusses the influence of European existential thought (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre) on American literature. As an example I provide the novels of Ernest Hemingway where I will depict existential themes.
T.S. Eliot is famous for his use of symbols. He has used symbols in every piece of his work. How does he use symbols in his monumental work The Waste Land?
I am embarking on a post-doc project (which might entail a conference and a collection) and would like to find out if anyone shares its interests (particularly in Germany, but also beyond).
I am collecting data (articles, papers, criticism) for a monograph study about William Wharton (Albert du Aime, 1925-2008). So far I have found next to nothing (a handful of reviews, some obituaries etc.) - is anybody able to help me?
Maurice A. Lee's Writers on Writing: The Art of the Short Story is an example of the kind of books that include a whole series of essays on a special topic, in this case short story, but what I am looking for is a book in which an analysis of the work of the masters is presented. I look for a book, not necessarily anthologies, where I can simply find good recommendations to read, study, or maybe translate.
I am currently analysing Edgar Allan Poe's stories using SNA in order to weight the importance of symbolic elements in groups of stories. Anyone doing something similar?