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Unit 3: The Nature of Identity

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The Moor's Last Sigh. Monkey Bridge. Monkey Bridge, published in 1997, is the debut novel of Vietnamese American attorney and writer Lan Cao.

Monkey Bridge

Lan Cao is professor of international law at the Chapman University School of Law. She left Vietnam in 1975. Miss Lonelyhearts. Miss Lonelyhearts, published in 1933, is Nathanael West's second novel.

Miss Lonelyhearts

It is an Expressionist black comedy set in New York City during the Great Depression.[1] Plot summary[edit] In the story, Miss Lonelyhearts is an unnamed male newspaper columnist writing an advice column that the newspaper staff considers a joke. As Miss Lonelyhearts reads letters from desperate New Yorkers, he feels terribly burdened and falls into a cycle of deep depression, accompanied by heavy drinking and occasional bar fights. The Misanthrope. The play satirizes the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society, but it also engages a more serious tone when pointing out the flaws which all humans possess.

The Misanthrope

The play differs from other farces at the time by employing dynamic characters like Alceste and Célimène as opposed to the traditionally flat characters used by most satirists to criticize problems in society. It also differs from most of Molière's other works by focusing more on character development and nuances than on plot progression. The play, though not a commercial success in its time, survives as Molière's best known work today.

Because both Tartuffe and Dom Juan, two of Molière's previous plays, had already been banned by the French government, Molière may have subdued his actual ideas to make his play more socially acceptable. The Mill on the Floss. The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood.

The Mill on the Floss

The first American edition was published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake, c. 1786 Characters[edit] Plot[edit]

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Middle Passage (book) The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies - British, French and Dutch in the West Indies and South America is a 1962 book-length essay / travelogue by V.S.

The Middle Passage (book)

Naipaul. It is his first book-length work of non-fiction. The book covers a year-long trip through Trinidad, British Guiana, Suriname, Martinique, and Jamaica in 1961. As well as giving his own impressions, Naipaul refers to the work of earlier travellers such as Patrick Leigh Fermor who described a similar itinerary in "The Traveller's Tree".

Naipaul addresses a range of topics including the legacy of slavery and colonialism, race relations, the roles of South Asian immigrants in the various countries, and differences in language, culture, and economics. Middlemarch (Wordsworth Classics): George Eliot: 9781853262371: Amazon.com: Books. The Metamorphosis. The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915.

The Metamorphosis

It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become. Plot[edit] Part I[edit] One day, Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up to find himself transformed into an ungeheures Ungeziefer, literally "monstrous vermin", often interpreted as a giant bug or insect.

The Member of the Wedding. The Member of the Wedding is a 1946 novel by Southern writer Carson McCullers.[1] It took McCullers five years to complete (though she interrupted the work for a few months to write the short novel The Ballad of the Sad Café).[2] In a letter to her husband Reeves McCullers, she explained that the novel was "one of those works that the least slip can ruin.

The Member of the Wedding

It must be beautifully done. For like a poem there is not much excuse for it otherwise. Medea (play) Considered shocking to his contemporaries, Medea and the suite of plays that it accompanied in the City Dionysia festival , came last place in the festival that year.[1] Nonetheless the play remained part of the tragedic repertoire, an experienced renewed interest with the feminist movement, because of itsthe nuanced and sympathetic portrayal of Medea's struggle to take charge of her own life in a male dominated world.

Medea (play)

The play has remained the most frequently performed greek tragedy through the 20th century.[2] The form of the play differs from many other Greek tragedies by its simplicity: All scenes involve only two actors, Medea and someone else. These encounters serve to highlight Medea's skill and determination in manipulating powerful male figures to achieve her own ends. Creon, in anticipation of Medea’s wrath, arrives and reveals his plans to send her into exile. Medea pleads for one day’s delay and eventually Creon acquiesces. Forgive what I said in anger! Alas! M. Butterfly. M.

M. Butterfly

Butterfly is a 1988 play by David Henry Hwang loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer. The play premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 20, 1988, closing after 777 performances on January 27, 1990.[1] It was directed by John Dexter with stars John Lithgow as Gallimard and BD Wong as Song Liling. David Dukes, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Randall, and John Rubinstein played Gallimard at various times during the original run.[2] A highly unusual staging featuring Puccini's music and the Kazakh countertenor Erik Kurmangaliev in the title role was undertaken by Roman Viktyuk in Russia in 1990.[3] It is currently published by Plume and in an acting edition by Dramatists Play Service.[4] An audio recording of the play was produced by L.

A. Mansfield Park. Plot summary[edit] The events of the story are put in motion by three sisters: Lady Bertram, Mrs. Norris, and Mrs. Price. Of the three sisters, Lady Bertram married extremely well, to a wealthy baronet; Mrs. Man and Superman. Man and Superman is a four-act drama written by George Bernard Shaw in 1903. The series was written in response to calls for Shaw to write a play based on the Don Juan theme.[1] Man and Superman opened at The Royal Court Theatre in London on 23 May 1905, but omitted the 3rd Act.[2] A part of the act, Don Juan in Hell (Act 3, Scene 2), was performed when the drama was staged on 4 June 1907 at the Royal Court.

Main Street (novel) Main Street is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis, and published in 1920. Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the state capital. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart. When they marry, Will convinces her to live in his home-town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota (a town modeled on Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the author's birthplace). Lysistrata. Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, "Army-disbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career.[2] It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. Plot[edit] LYSISTRATA: There are a lot of things about us women That sadden me, considering how men See us as rascals. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Composition and publication history[edit] T.S. Look Homeward, Angel. Little Women. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Kafka on the Shore. Kafka on the Shore (海辺のカフカ, Umibe no Kafuka?) Is a 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. John Updike described it as a "real page-turner, as well as an insistently metaphysical mind-bender".[1] Since its 2005 English language release (2006 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize-winning translation by Philip Gabriel), the novel has received mostly positive reviews and critical acclaim, including a spot on The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2005 and the World Fantasy Award.[2][3] Plot summary[edit]

Joseph Andrews. Background[edit] The Joy Luck Club (novel) The Joy Luck Club consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. In 1949, the four mothers meet at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to continue to meet to play mah jong. Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Jasmine (novel) Invisible Man. The Inheritance of Loss. The Importance of Being Earnest. The House on Mango Street. The House of Mirth. House Made of Dawn. Home to Harlem by Claude McKay. The Homecoming. Hamlet. The Hairy Ape. The Golden Bowl. A Free Life by Ha Jin. Fences (play) Fathers and Sons (novel) The Father (Strindberg) Emma (novel) Dutchman (play) Dreaming in Cuban. Don Quixote. The Dollmaker: Harriette Arnow: 9781439154434: Amazon.com: Books. Doctor Faustus (play) Divine Comedy.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Amazon.com: Delta Wedding (A Harvest/Hbj Book) (9780156252805): Eudora Welty: Books. David Copperfield. Daisy Miller. The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2) by Cormac McCarthy. Coming Through Slaughter. The Chosen (Potok novel) The Cherry Orchard. The Centaur. Cat's Eye (novel) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Canterbury Tales. Candida (play) Lesson Guide for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Lesson Ideas for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Taxonomy Guide to Teaching Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Existentialist Literature. J. Alred Proofrock. Anchor Texts. Tell the Boys. Hamlet as The Hero.

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