Mademoiselle Emma Rouault’s ultimate companions were the great writers of the romantic era in the most crucial periods of her development. They fashioned a world for her in which passion, sensuality, ecstasy were the pillars upon which the forlorn romantic heroine stood; waiting for her savior, the ultimate man, whose love would not be that […]

I think Woolf has an ability to extract the core of what it means to be depressed, melancholic, disturbed or whatever we want to call it. She also lays out the choices clearly: you can either have the tragic truths of existence be revealed to you and kill yourself (because who can bear the pain, […]

Written for my “Typologies of the Novel I: 18th and 19th Centuries” class, in 28.02.2017. We were asked to analyze Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot, through the lens of the quixotic ideal. In order to fully and coherently answer this question we must first discuss the implications of the term […]

  Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, above all, a novel which re-imagines the consequences of oppressive thought patterns and their actualization in wider organizations such as the national states or religious doctrines. I believe the key idea that unlocks many doors in the text is that trying to oppress religion, art and creativity […]

In order to create a coherent comparison between Sappho’s Fragment 7 and Gaius Valerius Catullus’ Poem 51, we must first take a closer look to the relationship between the poets themselves. Sappho, renowned mostly by the way she positions female experiences as the core theme of her invigorating poetry, is considered to be one of […]

In the second term of our Development of Poetry class, our teacher had assigned for us to conduct a close reading exercise and write a detailed analysis of the poem “Torture” by renowned Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, which reads as follows: Nothing has changed. The body is painful, it must eat, breathe air, and sleep, […]

  I would like to start this paper, in which I will try to investigate the politicization of a religious symbol (i.e. the turban), firstly by situating myself in the discourse. As a 20 year old woman (born and raised in Turkey) who does not wear the turban, whenever I see a woman wearing one […]

For this paper, I really wanted to excavate the structure of the poem and make a meaningful connection with the content. It was written for my Methods of Criticism class, so I am sure I was trying to employ some hybrid version of New Criticism and Formalism. However, as Emily Dickinson so masterfully condenses the […]

Don Quixote’s preference of literary fantasy over mundane reality initiates a larger discussion about the lure and danger of the creative universe which, almost inevitably, turns one mad if they stay in it long enough. Demonstrated in Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan, In Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, in the siren song in Odysseus and alongside […]

Death is before me today, like health to the sick like leaving the bedroom after sickness. Death is before me today like the odor of myrrh like sitting under a cloth on a day of wind. Death is before me today like the odor of lotus like sitting down on the shore of drunkenness. Death […]