What was new about Modernist literature

As Ezra Pound maintained, the objective of modernist literature was to ‘make it new’ (Pound; 1934). However, one cannot perceive a definition of such a large literary movement, without, in the post-structuralist manner, by defining its binary definition; realism. Realism was a traditional, non-experimental form of writing which can be characterised by its ‘chronological plots, […]

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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill dramatises contemporary life in 1980s Britain depicting a time of change and shifting priorities and expectations as far as women were concerned within society. The period was characterised by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Yet unlike the country’s political agenda, Theatre was not driven by a female force. […]

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The role of the shaman: similarities and differences

Human societies, in different contexts and at different times, have produced a number of traditional healers whose roles and functions largely overlap. In this paper, drawing on various literature sources, I will argue that the role of the shaman or traditional healer bears striking similarities with that of helping professionals in the Western world, particularly […]

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Sex, Shame and Guilt: Reflections on Bernhard Schlink’s der Vorleser

The occasion for this paper was twofold. One had to do with the fact that I happened to read Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser (The Reader) (1995) and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999) in close proximity to each other. This, in itself, is not particularly remarkable because the novels themselves were published within a few years […]

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Dirty Dancing

I will look at the first five minutes (opening credits/character introduction) and the last scene (the last dance). I will show how the direction of the film by Emile Ardolino has made the audience see how ‘Baby’ has grown up and become a woman. This will show how the audience can relate to the film […]

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Present a detailed essay on one film or one broadcast fiction

In this essay I am going to look at the film American Beauty starring Kevin Spacey and Thora Birch. I am going to look at the way in which it appeals to its audience and how it comments on today’s society. I am also going to apply the key concepts to elements of the film […]

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How does the usage of cinematography and editing in Code

Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys is the most technical film of Austrian director Michael Haneke. Haneke is known for his minimalist approach both in technical and artistic terms. His editing is always meticulous and the cinematography and narratives are eccentric to say the least. Code Unknown follows the lives of four characters and […]

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The Age of Innocence 1993

Scorsese is widely regarded as an auteur of the cinema. This is because of the way he links certain aspects of the film making process. He combines the different layers of filmmaking to create meaning within his films. The relationship between mise-en-scene and narrative is one that he is strongest at using, so the audience […]

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With detailed reference to at least two films discuss

Film, being a very powerful medium, often raises strong issues about the possible effects movies may have on an audience. What the BBFC and the public worry most about in a film is the content of bad language, sex and most important in Britain, screen violence. It is the latter which often causes the most […]

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