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Critique of “A Lady Writing” by Johannes Vermeer

A Lady Writing a Letter, or A Lady Writing, is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, completed in 1665.  The National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) currently displays this painting, donated by Harry and Horace Havemeyer in 1962.

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With pride upon her brow by Edwin Austin Abbey: A painting interpretation

Edwin Austin Abbey was an American muralist, illustrator and painter. He rose to prominence during the beginning of what is now known as the “golden age” of illustration. His works had medieval, Shakespearean and Victorian subjects. Despite a heterogenous choice of forms and themes, his oeuvre remains firmly cemented in the British woodblock artists of the 1860s’. For a long period, he was an expatriate in England by choice and his painting reflects the transatlantic richness. It is infused with the medieval and renaissance imaginaries which were in vogue during the Victorian and Edwardian fin de siècle.

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Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogism

Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895 – 1975) was a Russian literary theorist who made contributions to diverse disciples but his contribution towards literature is accounted from his The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (Bakhtin, 2010), which shows congruence to many postmodernist thoughts. His dialogic concept contributes to the aesthetic implication of post modernism as Woods might suggest or what Newman might criticise (Newman, 1985; Woods, 1999). Read more »

Notable works on post partition India

Literary works on post partition India generally deal with people’s experience during the period following the partition of India and Pakistan. The period following partition was a period of great suffering, trauma, sacrifice and adjustment. People were trying to build their life anew but the experience of partition haunted them. Read more »

Review of “Drinking Alone With The Moon” by Li Bai

“Drinking Alone under the Moon” is one of Li Bai’s signature poetries which deal with the ancient social custom of drinking. It is deemed to be a big social faux pas if one drinks alone. In this particular poem, the egoistic poet speaker creates his own companions: the moon and his shadow, but both seem reluctant companions and what the poem leaves you with is a sense of despair and deep set loneliness (Columbia Education, 2014). Read more »

Histography depicted in women’s writing

It is indeed a well said fact that people are totally defenceless without their stories. A story empowers them and gives them a sense of dignity. It tells the world about their origins, their struggle for rights, their dignity and their tireless efforts towards gaining victory (Anon n.d.). Read more »

Canadian immigration: A perspective of Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) devoted her life, writing about the experiences about immigration and colonialism. Many of her novels are “emigrant’s guide” for people desiring to settle in Canada. Unlike other writers who have written about themes akin, including Indian Diaspora, Moore pictures more of what the then Canada had to offer the British or how would life be in Canada. Read more »

Aphra Behn’s poetry in gender and love dynamics

Aphra Behn has given much credence to the cause of female writers. Aphra Behn is credited to be one of the first professional women writers of the restoration period of literary history (Todd, 1997, p. 4). Most of her life is shrouded in mystery as she spent a significant portion of her life being a spy. Read more »

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