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Sir Thomas Browne's The Garden of Cyrus is one of the most opaque seventeenth-century prose texts. This essay attempts to understand it by suggesting that its central aesthetic strategy is that of literary sprezzatura : a rhetorical equivalent to the technique of self-presentation fundamental to...
Stage adaptations of the physical transformations as evoked in Ovid's Metamorphoses have been deemed impossible or at least deficient in literary criticism, in particular with regard to Shakespeare's plays. My paper critically engages with this assessment and explores the ways in which...
The following essay explores the depiction of the Eastern European migrant in the British contact zone in Rose Tremain's novel The Road Home (Chatto & Windus, 2007) and in Marina Lewycka's novel Two Caravans (2006). It will analyse in which way London and other British places are constructed as...
Since its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, myth criticism has been accused of taking a reductive approach to literature because it tended to neglect cultural and historical differences between ancient Greek myths and their current renderings and, more damagingly perhaps, to marginalise the specific...
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