Musings: Literature

"I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself: somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders."

Chinua Achebe

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Literature, Book Reviews, and Author Studies

Chinua Achebe

"The late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has been honoured in a Google Doodle, underscoring his status as a towering figure of 20th century literature. By creating a doodle marking what would have been Achebe’s 87th birthday, the tech giant is celebrating a writer many consider to be father of 

modern African literature.

Writing amid a post-colonial movement that saw African nations cast off decades of foreign rule and seek political sovereignty, Mr Achebe lent a voice to a generation of Africans who refused to be defined solely through the lenses of European thought.

Part of that work involved telling distinctly African stories from the perspective of African characters, helping to forge a literature that — like newly created countries — was independent from Europe. Mr Achebe did so across dozens of novels and books of poetry and essays, leading many to refer to him as “the father of modern African literature”. He died in March of 2013 at the age of 82, having collected accolades that included the Man Booker International Prize" (White).

White, Jeremy B. “Why Chinua Achebe Is One of the World's Most Important Modern Writers.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 16 Nov. 2017, 

D.H. Lawrence

As some of you know, I finished my masters in English about a year ago. I have a much older M.Ed. from the 90's, but this one has helped me follow my passion. As a result, I will be adding some book reviews (classic literature as well as modern) and modest author studies for your consideration.

My focus for the Capstone paper was D.H. Lawrence and his lesser-known novel, Kangaroo, a semi-autobiographical story set in Australia. More about his era and compatriots on another post.

I examined the novel through an Eco-critical lens.  I also applied Eco-feminism, again, to be discussed in a separate post.  For now, I should say that Lawrence was an absolutely brilliant writer who was flawed like many of us.  The joy of reading his book comes from seeing in print what I know to be true about the world today.  Words have no boundaries. Authors are universal.

Read below for an excerpt, and what some may believe Lawrence's own take on marriage:

"When a sincere man marries a wife, he has one or two courses open to him, which he can pursue with that wife. He can propose to himself to be (a) the lord and master who is honoured and obeyed, (b) the perfect lover, (c) the true friend and companion. 

Of these (a) is now rather out of date."

NOTE: Kangaroo was first published in 1923.

Dorothy Parker

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Pablo Picasso Femme à la fenêtre (Marie Thérèse Walter), 1936

Mental Illness and/in Literature

Gilman, Charlotte; The Yellow Wallpaper, Ohio University Press, 2006