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What's the significance of the name Loyola?

As soon as I started reading Nalo Hopkinson's short story "The Reverse Cheshire Cat" (freely available to read online), the name "Loyola" jumped out at me. Surely this must be a reference to Ignatius ...
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Does 'literary fiction' neccessarily have to be reality-based, or can it have fantastical themes/elements?

There seems to be a great deal of ambiguity or confusion regarding the definition of ‘literary fiction’. Particularly, it is never really made clear to me whether literary fiction can also be ...
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Story about school kids who go on a field trip to a fort

Help me remember the name of this book from my youth. I don't remember much about it but it was the story of a group of school kids who go on a field trip to a fort. I think something happens at the ...
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Did Harry Mulisch plagiarise other works in his novel The Assault / De aanslag?

In 1986, Harry Mulisch's 1982 novel De aanslag / The Assault was turned in to a film directed by Fons Rademakers. Screenwriter Gerard Soeteman said about the novel: Ik heb het boek dan ook alleen ...
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Method for comparing two works of literature

I study French literature and I want to carry out a research in comparative literature which compares two books written by soldiers of the World War(One of them by a French soldier and the other one ...
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Has the Brexit referendum had a negative impact on sales of foreign-language literature in the UK?

In July 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU in the (in)famous Brexit referendum. The Guardian recently reported that "British 'linguaphobia' has deepened since Brexit vote, say experts" (28 May 2018). ...
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Do advocates of authorial intent theories consider conscious intent on the author's part mandatory for something to constitute literature?

Related: Does computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature? And the associated reading challenge proposal that inspired the questions: https://literature.meta....
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The Story of a horseman who rushed to arrive in the court and Big Ben clock rang 13 times

Long time ago an old man told us a story, but I couldn't remember it very well—so I'm just wondering what was the exact story he told us. It was about a court process where somebody was judged. And ...
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In Finnegans Wake, surely these two characters are different, and one is dead?

Since the motivation and argument supporting my question is long, but the question itself is fairly short, I will state the question as a spoiler. If the answer turns out to be indeed yes, then it ...
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On a quote of Hegel in L'été (Summer) of Camus

This is my first question on this website, so I am not completely sure that this is the most adequate one (I could have also tried Philosophy stack exchange). In the chapter "L'exil d'Hélène" of L'...
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What is the correspondence between each story in Rivka Galchen's “American Innovations” and previously written stories?

In the LA Times article, "Rivka Galchen talks about putting a female twist on iconic stories" by Carolyn Kellogg, it is claimed that "The stories all have female narrators, and all (save one) are ...
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Is there anything positive about Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?

Is there anything positive about the character of Stanley in the play A Streetcar Named Desire? I vaguely remembered that he supported Blanche to meet with that man... Is there anything more about ...
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80s? Infected Man trapped in an Office tower with people trying to kill him

Paperback Probably from the 80s. Cover may have had the exterior short of an office tower (~20 floors) with a man suspended on a rope swinging outside. Man goes to his companies office in the tower, (...
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Indeed, why doesn't the City have any great artists?

The city is an interesting place - an ensemble of people from all around the world, and even from different times (though the 20th century seems to be prevalent). Their occupations, genders, beliefs, ...
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Short Story about Lady (Teacher?) caught skinny dipping by kids

I recall long ago hearing or reading a story, (30-40 years ago?) (maybe a short story, or a tale or joke told in a story) Country setting: Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn or Little House on the Prairie type ...
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Is the Crimson King's first attack on Stephen King based on a real experience from the author's childhood?

In The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah Eddie and Roland pay a visit to Stephen King in 1977, after learning that he apparently wrote about Pere Callahan's story. In order to learn what is really going ...
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Which original Persian poem of Rumi does this refer to?

Does anyone know which is the Persian text for the below poem by Rumi ? I choose to love you in silence… For in silence I find no rejection, I choose to love you in loneliness… For in ...
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Comparison of the portrayal of the female role in society between Jane Eyre and Tess?

I really can't get the differences of the female role in society and how they are seen by their families and by the society in general. How can we compare the portrayal of the female role in society ...
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Does Suzanne Collins intend to write additional fiction?

Suzanne Collins published a book a year from 2003 - 2010 (most notably The Hunger Games books in 2008, 2009, and 2010). Since then, she only published a 40-page children's book in 2013. Granted, the ...
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Gorilla family gets attacked by hunter for circus

I am trying to identify a story that is about a family of gorillas which gets attacked by hunters. The book starts by focusing on a male gorilla and his two mates, and their offspring. They live in a ...
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Meaning of “trente-six à soixante-huit chandelles” in Jean Ferrat's Ma France

The French singer-songwriter Jean Ferrat (1930 – 2010) wrote a number of controversial songs. One of his most beautiful songs, Ma France (1969), was banned from the radio for two years. It's last ...
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Is Harry Hotspur portrayed as a villain in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I?

Having studied Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part I and seen a performance of it in Stratford, I'm still uncertain of how we're meant to view the character of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur). Clearly he's ...
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Is my controlling idea for my poem analysis accurate?

This is my current controlling idea of my essay on the poem "On Pleasure": "The speaker challenges the idea of pleasure in the minds of the audience, and argues that pleasure is an unavoidable ...
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What was the structure of Hermogenes’ ‘Art of Rhetoric’ prior to the 6th C CE?

In her book, Hermogenes and the Renaissance, Annabel Patterson cites a paper by George Kustas (‘The Function and Evolution of Byzantine Rhetoric’ in Viator, University of California Press, Vol I, 1970)...
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What are the parallels between The Odyssey and The Time Traveler's Wife?

Author Audrey Niffenegger chose to include an excerpt from The Odyssey at the end of her debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife: Now from his breast into his eyes the ache Of longing mounted, and ...
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To what extent did Defoe attempt to apply formal realism in Robinson Crusoe?

I recently finished writing a paper on Robinson Crusoe for my English class on the rise of the novel. We had read the novel concurrently with excerpts from Ian Watt's The Rise of the Novel, in which ...
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What do these metaphors about hardship in “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” mean?

I have been racking my brain with the meaning of three expressions: taut-jawed men - does it mean that they are stern looking, that their facial expression is tight and tense? brick-lipped, hard-...
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What is the real “Consortium” as mentioned in Dan Brown's Inferno?

On the "FACT" page of the book Inferno by Dan Brown: "The Consortium" is a private organization with offices in seven countries. Its name has been changed for considerations of security and privacy....
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Does Neil Gaiman's “Mouse” criticise abortion?

The short story "Mouse", collected among other places in Smoke and Mirrors, is about a man who is buying a trap to get rid of the mouse in his house. He doesn't want to kill the mouse, so he buys a ...
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What parallels can be drawn between Hunger Games characters and their classical namesakes?

In the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, the minor character of "Cinna the poet" is brutally killed by an angry mob who mistake him for Cinna the conspirator. When he protests, "I am Cinna the poet", ...
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Is “The American Claimant” a veiled take on “The Indian Question”?

Mark Twain's 1892 novel The American Claimant was written very soon after the Wounded Knee Massacre (1890), which was basically revenge for the 1876 Battle of Greasy Grass ("Little Big Horn"). This ...
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What are the Shadow Children?

In Gene Wolfe's loose trilogy of novellas The Fifth Head of Cerberus, the middle story ("A Story" by John V. Marsch) is the one which gives us the most direct insight into the lives of the so-called '...
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The ending of Fire and Hemlock

If there is anyone out there that understands the ending of Fire and Hemlock, I'd be very grateful for a detailed explanation. The ending corresponds approximately to Part 4 (Nowhere), Section 6, ...
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Has there ever been an attempt to separate the facts and fiction in The Things They Carried?

Tim O'Brien's novel of the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried, is usually labelled as fiction, even though aspects of it are based on settled history and the author's own experience serving a tour ...
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What does the teacher's clothing choice say about him?

In chapter 2 of I Am a Cat we see this chunk of text: He continues to wear his black cotton crested surcoat and, thereunder, a quilted kimono of hand-woven silk which, supposedly a keep-sake of his ...
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Are “the meaning of life”, art, and in particular “the life of an artist” themes in Chekhov's drama “The Seagull”?

Are "the meaning of life", art, and in particular "the life of an artist" themes in Chekhov's drama "The Seagull"?
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Did Sarojini Naidu say this: When the house is on fire, the poet should stop singing…?

Did Sarojini Naidu say something about this: "When the house is on fire, the poet should stop singing, and get the buckets to put out the fire." I got this from a FB post. But I want to find out ...
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Strip / comic with a young child's teddy bear being ripped open for a CD

I can hardly remember any of it, but it has been bugging me for days that I cannot seem to identify this strip. I know one fact for sure. The beginning of a volume started on a boat, in which '...
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In Beatrice and Virgil, why does Henry say he sees everything in the Holocaust?

Yann Martel got a lot of criticism for his book Beatrice and Virgil. One reviewer described it as "is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching". Much of this criticism ...
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Why is the introduction different for the video and streaming versions of Lamar's Humble?

The video version of Kendrick Lamar's single Humble begins with the following three lines: Wicked or weakness You gotta see this Waaaaay (yeah, yeah!) However, the version of the song on ...
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What is the symbolism of the yo-yo in V.?

The yo-yo is mentioned often in Thomas Pynchon's V., including in a few chapter names. What does it symbolize?
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Why were Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn so determined to undermine each other?

In Catch-22, both Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn seem bound and determined to undermine each other. I know both of them are desperately trying to get promoted (to the point of doing absolutely ...
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Why did T.H. White name his hero Mr. White?

In The Elephant and the Kangaroo, T.H. White names his protagonist "Mr. White," with no first name ever given. There are several notable similarities between the author and his protagonist: they are ...
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How does the short story “Big World” from The Turning by Tim Winton explore aspects of Australian Identity?

The Turning by Tim Winton is a collection of short stories about turnings (obviously) at crucial times in people's lives. I've been asked to read and annotate the first short story in the series – “...
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What is the significance of the black void in “The Dancer on the Stairs”?

Sarah Tolmie's novelette The Dancer on the Stairs is a kind of portal fantasy, with the protagonist whisked away from our world into a strange fantastical one -- except the place she is whisked to is ...
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Meaning of the chapter structure in Calvino's Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities is essentially a collection of descriptions of cities. What I find interesting is that the chapters follow a specific structure. There are ten categories of ...
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Did the author base this element on the Rubaiyat?

In a non-fiction history book, Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years, a (temporarily) recurring element is "The Tower of Darkness". Chapter 3 is even titled that, and it's fairly clearly ...
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Dreams of the future in Slam?

In Nick Hornby's novel Slam, the main character, Sam, narrates his story which happened in the past. In the story, he recounts one or two dreams where he is transported to a day in the future. Then ...
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Is the location of the land of the Houyhnhnms significant?

As seen from the below map from the Wikipedia article, which is identical to the version of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, which I own, the land of the Houyhnhnms is directly below what we now ...
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Who makes the puzzles hidden inside The 39 Clues books?

In almost every single The 39 Clues book, there are puzzles hidden inside the book, such as on the page numbers, or on the covers. i.e, in The Viper's Nest (series 1, book 7), starting on page 39 ...

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