#LiteraryCriticism: London by William Blake
Apr04

#LiteraryCriticism: London by William Blake

Happy National Poetry Month! My nod to the event is this explication of “London” by William Blake. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the world’s biggest literary celebration. Many events are planned throughout the entire month of April that involve schools, poets, and various publishing organizations. Poetry, as with all forms of art, plays a necessary role in the world. You might not bury your nose in...

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#LiteraryCriticism: How to Read a Personal Essay (Walmart Style)
Oct12

#LiteraryCriticism: How to Read a Personal Essay (Walmart Style)

I’m dipping into the literary criticism vault today to share a subject near and dear to my heart: personal essays. Yes, I am a lover of the much-maligned essay and for good reason. This exploration of how to read a personal essay is an essay within an essay, and one I could revise for years to come. I’d love to know your thoughts on this often overlooked genre.   How to Read a Personal Essay (Walmart Style)  ...

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#LiteraryCriticism: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Jan30

#LiteraryCriticism: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple follows the personal and spiritual growth of an impregnated and abused African American girl in the South. Celie finds her voice and personal identity over the years. As such, the work does function as a feminist novel. However, its deeper thematic elements offer an alternative approach to spirituality. What follows is a literary criticism paper I once wrote for an undergraduate course in American...

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#LiteraryCriticism: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Oct15

#LiteraryCriticism: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Today marks a break from my usual book reviews. Rather, I am posting an example of literary criticism. This was originally written for my senior seminar class which explored road imagery in American Literature. John Steinbeck will forever rank as one of my favorite authors. Bonding with the Joads: Attaining Closure in The Grapes of Wrath    Many readers, from literary critics to students, feel that the ending of John Steinbeck’s...

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