English Literature Essays This section of the site began in a small way in July 2000 with a few loneliness essays by myself and friends and now, thanks to contributors from all over the world, it has grown into a substantial collection of literary criticism. The essays are arranged in chronological order of their subjects.
Books on Film Many great books have been made into films. Where is the meaning of a work of literature located? 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. John Oldcastle considers the qualities which distinguish literary writing from other kinds of writing, exploring the techniques used by literary writers, and their motives for writing, and offering many fine examples of literary writing to illustrate his thesis. Indian Women’s Writing A World of Words, Lost and Found: a brief overview of women’s literature in India from the 6th century BC onwards.
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. Aristotle: Poetics Complexity and pleasure: Aristotle’s ‘complex plot’ and the pleasure element in tragedy. Ovid in John Dryden’s Translation Augustan vs Augustan – Translating the Art of Storytelling. Thomas Bailey studies John Dryden’s translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 11, the story of Ceyx and Alcyone, analysing Dryden’s approach to the task and assessing his success in capturing the ‘three-dimensional’ quality of the original. An analysis of the character of Beowulf from the Anglo-Saxon poem, showing the characteristics which make him an epic hero.