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Matt Thrower
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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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What is the meaning of the epilogue in Blood Meridian?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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860 views

Why is there so much stream of consciousness in Ulysses?

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Why is there so much legalese in Egil's Saga?

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How do the Silmarils solve the puzzle of the Sampo?

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In what ways is The Left Hand of Darkness a feminist novel?

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Why is the study of Philology in decline?

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Which real-life languages other than English, Welsh and Old English/Norse did Tolkien draw on for naming things?

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Are the comic elements of Conrad's The Secret Agent intentional?

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Is The Owl Service sexist in its negative portrayals of women?

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How can we reconcile the bareness of Shakespearean stages with the complex stage directions of The Tempest?

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In Macbeth, why is Fleance 'scaped?

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What's the significance of The Idiot in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

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What point is the end of The Owl Service trying to make?