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Why is there so much technical detail of whaling included in Moby-Dick?

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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

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3 answers
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Why does Marley in A Christmas Carol claim that Scrooge will be visited across three nights?

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1 answer
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Is there really a bawdy pun at the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet?

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4 answers
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

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1 answer
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In Wind in the Willows, why is Mole's garden full of Italian heroes?

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Are the inconsistencies in Harry Potter symbolic or allegorical?

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What is the purpose of all the lists in chapter 12 of Joyce's Ulysses?

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In Kerouac's On The Road, what is snakejuice?

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1 answer
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Meaning of the "quips" from Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita

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1 answer
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In Ulysses, why does Stephen finally decide not to stay with Bloom?

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1 answer
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In The Mezzotint by M. R. James, what is a "Door Bible"?

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For works translated by the original author, how common is it for additional translations to exist? What might these translation add?

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In Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, what is the purpose of this character's resurrection?

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Has there ever been a stage production of Chapter 15 of Ulysses?

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What "Irish Oath" sounds like "Thoth"?

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Is there any significance to the names of the painters listed in Lolita?

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3 answers
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In Macbeth, why is Fleance 'scaped?

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What's the earliest fictional work of literature that contains an allusion to an earlier fictional work of literature?

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Why was Welsh nationalist poet RS Thomas so critical of the Welsh people?

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Did Shakespeare's audience believe Measure for Measure to be realistic?

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Were the Just William stories written for adults or children?

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What is the relationship between Heart of Darkness and The Hollow Men?

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Why is there so little character to the character of Shadow in American Gods?

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Is the impenetrability of Chapter 14 of Ulysses deliberate, or a consequence of its stylistic pastiches?

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1 answer
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How much of The Song of Wandering Aengus by Yeats is based on Irish folklore?

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Why is there so much stream of consciousness in Ulysses?

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In Homer's Odyssey, how can the one-eyed Cyclops have multiple brows?

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In Dickens' "The Chimes", why do bells have godparents and mugs?