Useful English Lit. Links

I’ve decided to clean out and share some of the bookmarks I accumulated during my final semester! I hope some of you English majors find these helpful because I sure did! If you have any questions about Eng. Lit. or being in the major, feel free to ask! Good Luck!

English Major Specific Links
The Best Internships for an English Major
In Defense of English as a Major
The Ideal English Major
Why Steve Strauss Should Stop Hiring English Majors

Novel and Fiction Writing Links
Novel Writing Tips and Fundamentals
Blog Your Block
Fan Fiction Plagiarism 
The Writing Center: Style
Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up
Prologue in Fiction
Critical Feedback and You
Confusing Sentences that Actually Make Sense
Editing Tips for Effective Writing
How to Write a Bad Review
Guideline to Simplify your writing
How to Write a Cover Letter
Purple Prose vs Beige Prose
How to Critique Creative Writing
Live, Write, Thrive
Bondwine Books
The Give and Take of Critique
Professional Writing Vs. Fanfiction
The Publishing Process in Gifs
How to Write a Novel
Top 5 Tips to Cut Clutter
200 Common Redundancies
Periodic Table of Storytelling
Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction

Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s One Need not be a Chamber
Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s The Soul has Bandaged Moments
Shakespeare Sonnet 116
Toni Morrison They [Annotated]
Pam’s Poem Portfolio
EliteSkills Analysis Mark Strand Keeping Things Whole
Analysis of Mark Strand’s Keeping Things Whole
Beat Quotes
Emily Dickinson: Poet and Recluse

Drama and Theatre
Sparknote’s Richard III
Fu Jen University Analysis of Eugene O'Niell’s The Emperor Jones
The Importance of a Physician’s Wit: A Critical Analysis of Science in Medicine
Analysis of The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Culture quake: The Second Mrs Tanqueray
Enotes The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
The Drama

Articles, Essays, and Papers
Unspoken Stories: Silence in the Literature of Atrocity
The Social Construct of Gender: A Comparison of Tennessee Williams ASND with Eugene O'Niell’s LDJIN
Korea’s Literary Tradition
A Survey of the Critical Writings of Jane Austen
Literary vs. Genre Fiction: What’s All The Fuss About
Isn’t it Ironic?
Three Dystopic Novels
Why is Jane Austen guilty of “cacography?” (Are you guilty, too?)
A Collection of Literary Essays and Creative Writing
A Review of Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Marlana Eck, “‘I’ll be Post-Feminist When Our World is Post-Capitalist’:Anarcha-Feminism”

An Encyclopedia of Prose Quotations
Eugene O'Niell’s The Emperor Jones
The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction
Medieval Joyce 
James Joyce Araby
Jane Austen Persuasion
The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself

College is Causing a Mental Breakdown
Writers and their Typewriters
Linguistic Family Tree

General Overview of the Victorian Era and Timeline
Victorian Era Child Labor
Victorian England an Introduction
Characteristics of Romantic and Victorian Literature
Victorian Literature
Literary Devices

Postmodern and Beyond
The End of Postmodernism: It is Dead and We Have Killed It
After Postmodernism: Performatism in Literature
General Introduction to the Postmodern
Beyond the Postmodern Toward an Aesthetic of Trust
A Search for a Post-Modern Theory of History
Postmodernism is Dead
The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond
Postmodernism: The 10 Key moments in the Birth of a Movement
Medicine, postmodernism, and the end of certainty

Me vs. My Undergraduate Thesis: The Fatal Flaw

Yeah Write
Spill Your Ink
Write World

Literary Criticism
Literary Critism Wiki Educator
Ars Poetica Translation Notes
An Analysis of Aquinas’s View of Metaphor in Scripture
Corneille–Of the Three Unities
A History of Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to the Present
Essay on Pierre Corneille 
Alexander Pope
To Write Alright: Pope’s Essay on Criticism
Sir Phillip Sydney: The Defense of Poesy
Sidney’s Apologie for Defense of Poesy
Matthew Arnold: Culture and Anarchy
Summary Notes on Henry James The Art of Fiction
Summary of William Wordsworth Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Lecture Notes: Poetry of William Wordsworth
Immanuel Kant: Aesthetics
Summary of Kant’s Aesthetics
Kant and Art for Art’s Sake
Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy
Henry James and the Modern Novel
Henry James Reconciliation of Art and Morality
The Art of Fiction in Henry James’ Novel The Wings of The Dove
Emerson’s The American Scholar
Summary of Frye’s “The Archetypes of Literature”
Summary of Freud’s The Uncanny
Summary of Mikhall Bakhtin’s “Discourse in the Novel”
ENotes John Crowe Ransom “The New Criticism”
Antonio Gramsci, schooling and education
Explanation of Roland Barthes From Work to Text
Roland Barthes Death of the Author Essay
Derrida for Dummies

Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure Themes
Turning the Century with Thomas Hardy
Themes Analysis in Jude the Obscure
Shmoop Jude the Obscure

Julian Barne’s The Sense of an Ending
On making sense of oneself: reflections on Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending
Stupidly English: Review

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Feminism v/s Gender equity: Socio-Political Activism in Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns
Mariam’s Search for Meaning of Life in A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Literary Basis of Feminism: An Analysis of Persuasion Through the Eyes of Vindication
Suns and Daughters: The Role of Marxism and Women in A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Sense of an Ending Explained

Childish Gambino / Donald Glover - “STN MTN” (DJ Drama Mixtape)

Who’s More Atlanta: Childish Gambino or Iggy Azalea?

You should be on the look out for the second half of this project, the “Kauai” EP coming soon. Head over to iamdonald and the thedeepwebtour for more info.

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Pretty Cool Webcomics: Lackadaisy

Lackadaisy is a Pretty Cool Webcomic by Tracy J. Butler / lackadaisycats! It updates once a month.

It’s the 1920s in St Louis, Missouri, and the Prohibition is in full swing. The nationwide ban on alcoholic substances means that many breweries and similar businesses quickly find themselves out of business, but there is still a need that must be filled… and to doesn’t take long before the illegal rumrunners and speakeasies step up to fulfill that need. One such establishment is the Lackadaisy, managed by entrepreneur Atlas May using the limestone caves under the city, and with his business sense and the location being a prominent stop for several smuggling routes, Atlas soon finds himself running a small empire… and his sudden death in 1926 causes it all to come tumbling down.

Now owned by his wife, Mitzi May, and run by the few employees who did not flee, die, or joined the rival Marigolds, Lackadaisy is largely viewed as being on its last legs; that is, if people are aware that it still exists at all. And with every step forward the group attempts to make, it seems as though they are forced to take two steps back. Amidst betrayal, crime, passion, and desperation, can the group find a way to rebuild and regain their glory? Or will their efforts only doom them further?

Don’t let such a long time between updates deter you - this is one of my favorite comics out there, and it’s not hard to see why. The sheer amount of care and detail put into each page, from the outfits to expressions and backgrounds to the careful historical research put in that you may not even notice until you look at the author’s notes, all craft a rich tale that grabs and keeps your interest. Even the early pages stand out as some great moments thanks to snappy writing, and as the story gets more serious some of the scenes and page layouts are so striking that they remain with you for a good while.

In all honesty, this is one comic where I am more than okay with the long update schedule, just from seeing how much care is put into each instalment. Lackadaisy is an adventurous and gripping bit of historical fiction, animal people aside, and while you may have to reread some pages to remember the context of each update… trust me, it’s well worth the effort.

Lackadaisy contains violence, blood and death, heavy alcohol use (which is kind of a given, but still), and harsh language, and is suitable for teens and up.

Thanks to the anon who suggested this comic!

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25 SPECIAL ADVANTAGES THE THEATRE MAJOR HAS--- (and may not even know!)

Here’s a list of twenty-five skills, traits, and qualities of personality that are usually well-developed in individuals who complete four years of undergraduate theatre study. 

        Take special note of them.  They are more extensive and important than perhaps you recognize. 

        As you think about them, consider how many of these advantages are unique to theatre majors–and that you havefar more advantages than majors in most other disciplines.

  1. Oral Communication Skills

        Many students find that theatre helps them develop the confidence that’s essential to speaking clearly, lucidly, and thoughtfully.

        Acting onstage teaches you how to be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences, and some of your theatre classes will give you additional experience talking to groups.  Furthermore, your work on crews has taught you that clear, precise, and well-organized oral communications are best.  Oral communication skills are so important to some employers that they often send management trainees to special workshops.  You already have an advantage.

  2.  Creative Problem Solving Abilities

         Most people expect theatre students to exhibit creativity in such areas as acting, design, playwrighting or directing, and many companies do recruit creative thinkers.  But employers are not always aware that theatre experience also helps you learn creative problem-solving techniques that are applicable to many jobs. Tell them!

        For one example, tech theatre work–building scenery, hanging lights, making props, running the show, and so on–is a particularly good way to learn how to think on your feet, to identify problems, evaluate a range of possible solutions, and figure out what to do. 

        The same is true of almost every aspect of theatre.  Directing.  Design.  Acting.  Playwriting.  Management.  And more.

        The point here is that your creative ability, what you’ve learned about using creative processes to solve problems, can be directly applicable to virtually any job you may have.

        Most major companies believe that a creative problem-solver will become a good employee.  That's you .

3.  More than “get it done”

        But theatre students learn that just “getting it done” isn’t enough.  Not at all.  It goes beyond that.  You learn to do it correctly.  In theatre we learn that merely “getting the show on the boards” is pure bush league and totally unacceptable.  Whatever your theatrical job–tech, performing, research, management–it has to be done right .  You learn to take pride in doing things at your very best level.  Of course an employer will value that trait.

  4.  Motivation and Commitment

        Being involved in theatre productions and classes demands commitment and motivation. These are qualities that college theatre faculty members and, in some measure, you and your fellow students, probably already possess.  By example, we teach each other that success comes to those who are committed to the task at hand.  Few other disciplines you study will so strongly help you develop motivation and commitment. 

        Many theatre students learn to transfer that attribute from theatre to other activities such as classes and jobs.  For employers, that positive attitude is essential.

  5.  Willingness to  
Work Cooperatively

        Your work in theatre companies teaches you how to work effectively with different types of people–often very different types! 

        Theatre demands that participants work together cooperatively for the production to success; there is no room for “we” versus “they” behavior; the “star” diva is a thing of the past.  Your colleagues will usually let you know when you violate the team spirit of a production. 

        In theatre, it’s important that each individual supports the others involved.  Employers will be pleased to know that you understand how to be a team player.

  6.  The Ability to  
Work Independently

        In theatre, you’re often assigned tasks that you must complete without supervision.  Crew chiefs.  Directing.  Putting together this flat, finding that prop, working out characterization outside of rehearsals.  It’s left up to you to figure out how best to achieve the goal.  The ability to work independently is a trait employers look for in their workers.

  7.  Time-budgeting Skills

        When you’re a student, being involved in theatre forces you to learn how to budget your time.  You need to schedule your days very carefully if you want to keep up your grades while you’re busy with rehearsals, work calls, and the other demands that theatre makes on your time.  Good time management skills are enormously important to employers.

  8.  Initiative

         Personnel managers call people who approach work with initiative and enterprise “self-starters,” people who do what needs to be done without waiting to be asked, without needing to be told. 

        The complexities of a theatrical production demand individuals who are willing to voluntarily undertake any task that needs to be done in order for the production to succeed.  In theatre, we’re all self-starters.  We learn how to take initiative, to move a project from initial concept to finality–and to do it well.

  9.  Promptness and Respect  
for Deadlines

        Tardiness is never acceptable in theatre because it shows a lack of self-discipline, and more importantly, a lack of consideration for others.  Being late for a rehearsal or a work call or failing to finish an assigned task on time damages a production and adversely affects the work of many other people. Theatre demands that you learn to arrive on time and meet scheduled deadlines. 

        That’s a job-skill.  Employers appreciate workers who are on time and do their work as scheduled.

  10.  Acceptance of Rules

        In theatre you work within the structure of a set of procedures and rules that deal with everything from shop safety to behavior at auditions, rehearsals and work calls.  You learn that you must be a “good follower."  Theatre teaches you the importance of rules, a concept that’s valued in any organization.

  11.  The Ability to Learn Quickly– 
AND Correctly

        Theatre students, whether they’re memorizing lines or learning the technical aspects of a production, must have the ability to absorb a vast quantity of material quickly–andaccurately . Your work in college theatre will show that you have the ability to grasp complex matters in a short period of time, a highly-valued trait to employers.

        Note that part of this ability is another significant trait: knowing how to listen.  If you don’t listen, you’re likely to make some major error that will damage the production.  Listening is a skill for any job and an employer will respect your ability to listen and comprehend.

  12.  Respect for Colleagues

        In theatre you discover that a successful production requires contributions from everybody who’s involved.  Mutual respect is essential.  Working on a production teaches us to respect and trust the abilities and talents of our colleagues.  A prospective employer will appreciate the fact that you have learned the importance of respecting your co-workers.

  13.  Respect for Authority

        Only one person can be in charge of any given portion of a production.  The director.  The shop foreman.  The tech director.  The designer.  Theatre teaches you to willingly accept and respect authority.  That’s a trait employers look for in their workers.

  14.  Adaptability and Flexibility

        Theatre students must be adaptable and flexible. You need to be willing to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and have the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions. In one production you may be a member of the prop crew; in the next perhaps you’re in charge of makeup, publicity or the box office; in a third production you might have a leading role. 

        A worker who is versatile and flexible is highly valued to most employers; both traits prove that you are able and willing to learn new things.

  15.  The Ability to Work  
Under Pressure

        Theatre work often demands long hours.  There’s pressure–often, as you know well, a lot of pressure.  It’s important that everyone involved with a production be able to maintain a cooperative and enthusiastic attitude under pressure.  The ability to remain poised under such tensions in an asset that will help you cope with stress in other parts of your life, including your job.

  16.  A Healthy Self-Image

        To work in theatre, you must know who you are and how to project your individuality.  But at the same time, it’s important to recognize the need to make yourself secondary to the importance of a production.  This is a tricky balance that, although difficult to accomplish, is a valuable trait that employers treasure.

  17.  Acceptance of Disappointment– 
And Ability to Bounce Back

        Theatre people learn to deal with dashed hopes and rejection on a regular basis.  Who hasn’t failed to get a role he or she really wanted or a coveted spot on a tech crew?  You learn to accept that kind of disappointment and move on.  You try again.  Employers need workers who are resilient enough to bounce back from this kind of frustration.

  18.  Self-Discipline

        Theatre demands that you learn how to control your life. More than other students, you are forced to make choices between keeping up with responsibilities and doing things you’d rather do. You learn to govern yourself.  An employer will respect that ability.

  19.  A Goal-Oriented  
Approach to Work

        Many aspects of theatre involve setting and achieving specific goals.  In employer’s terms, you’ve learned to be task-oriented and capable of finding practical ways to achieve goals.

  20.  Concentration

        Busy theatre students, involved in a production or other theatre projects while also taking a heavy academic load, must learn to concentrate if they are to succeed.  Acting classes in particular stress concentration, and once you have learned that skill as an actor, it can be transferred to other activities.

  21.  Dedication

        As you work in theatre you learn to dedicate your very being–to doing your best to create a successful production.  There is dedication to that show…to your home theatre…to theatre as an art. 

        Many theatre students discover that committing oneself to a given task is deeply rewarding.  Employers respect workers who have learned the value of dedication.

  22.  A Willingness to Accept Responsibility

        Theatre students sometimes have an opportunity that is seldom given to students in other disciplines–the chance to take on sole responsibility for a special project.  Being a production stage manager…a designer…a crew chief…a director.  Students with other majors seldom have anything even close to these lessons.  You can expect employers to value this unusual ability.

  23.  Leadership Skills 

        As a theatre student, you have many opportunities to assume leadership roles.  You may, for example, assist a director or designer and lead other volunteers, serve as a crew chief, or even design or direct a production yourself.  In the nuturing environment of theatre, faculty help you learn from mistakes so you become a better leader.  Leadership training like this can open the possibility for comparable opportunities in a company that hires you.  Can you think of any other major that offers this opportunity?

  24.  Self-Confidence

        Theatre training teaches you confidence in yourself.  Your accomplishments in theatre show you that you can handle a variety of jobs, pressures, difficulties and responsibilities.  You develop a ”Yes, I can!“ attitude.  Of course an employer will treasure that.

25.  Enjoyment – "This is Fun!”

         You’ve discovered already that theatre people mystify civilians when we say we’re having fun.  Non-theatre folk shake their heads when we tell them that, and they ask how it is possible to have “fun” in a job that keeps us working night after night, sometimes until after midnight, doing something that calls for a grinding rehearsal or work schedule day after day after day, that makes us miss going to a movie or a concert. “That's fun?”

        Yes.  It is.  We’ve learned how to find enjoyment in what we do.  That’s a valuable attribute.

        We can adapt that to other jobs, find ways to enjoy other activities.  That positive attitude will mean a great deal to any employer.

My favorite moment in all the Shakespeare I’ve read is when Hamlet is interrogating his mother and kills Polonius because after he makes this big, bombastic speech about how she should deny her husband sexual gratification, he decides to dramatically exit while dragging Polonius’ body. Can you imagine? The stage direction just says “Exeunt, dragging body”. So like, he can’t even carry this guy, he can’t storm out of the room… Hamlet just slowly waddles out back into the hallway after going off on his mom, dragging a dead guy.


Yekaterina Alexeyevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67…Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.


“I just asked him to hold my hand and give me a hug. That’s all I wanted. But he’s like that all the time. He never holds my hand. He just holds my arm or shoulder. He’s so stupid.”

Descendants of the Sun: Episode 9

5:17pm // Day six of @hayley-studies 30 Day Studyblr Challenge | a photo showing how you relax // My favourite way to relax is to read in bed with some tea and jazz. The play is for class but I count it as pleasure reading because I’ve really been wanting to read it.

top 5 period drama kisses RANKED

5. ELISE MACKENNA & RICHARD COLLIER (somewhere in time 1980) this kiss is so so SO sweet but also lusty like elise is gasping when he is just stroking her face???? which he does by the way for like 5 minutes like at the end of the kiss they get interrupted im like that wouldnt’ve happened if u didnt spend 8 years staring at her before u KISSED HER but like when they go for it they rly go for it !!!!!! young superman is fine tbh 

4. JANE EYRE & EDWARD ROCHESTER’S DREAM KISS (jane eyre 2011) i may or may not have had this same exact fantasy before like legit saaammeee jane. this kiss is raw like get him fantasy!jane!!!!! i love the drama of like snow covered rochester too they are such an angsty fave couple and this kiss is so angsty (bc its not REAL) wow i love them 

3. BATHSHEBA EVERDENE & GABRIEL OAK (far from the madding crowd 2015) 

linking to 2 gifsets of this kiss bc i couldnt find a clip of it online god the internet has FAILED me but anyway this kiss is pure and beautiful and [film student voice] the ciNEMATOGRAPHY like having them kiss in golden light… that is the shit i do LIKE also gabriel is so ffucking hot and i cant believe it took them the whole movie to get together but this kiss made it WORTH IT !!!!!!!!!!!! 


this gets half a spot because technically its not even a kiss but it is an ALMOST KISS and lbr has more passion even tho they didnt even kiss than most MOVIES HAVE PERIOD!!!! also if they did kiss at this moment it would be #1 like no other movie kiss would have a chanCE so it needs to be represented. fuck im shivering rewatching this vid for the 80000th time … wHEN LIZZIE’S EYES GO TO DARCY’S LIPS…. THAT IS THE MOMENT OF MY DEATH 


THIS KISS !!!! the OPERA PLAYING !!! GEORGE WALKING THRU THE FIELD !! ICONIC !!! i love this period drama movie kiss bc its so out of the blue (just like in the books) and lucy is just like wut but george is like ‘i gotta kiss this girl… noW’ and he does and its beautiful…. also bonus points for at the end of the movie where he is macking on her neck hella hard 


this kiss is the most TENDER, PASSIONATE, PURE EXPRESSION OF LOVE I HAVE EVER WITNESSED WITH MY OWN TWO EYES. highkey when i saw this the first time i gASPED and like my heart was beating fast and like fucking fuck !!!! literally he looks at her with SO ! MUCH ! LOVE ! and like kisses her … .so … slowly… like leans in … his thumb on her cheek….. so gently……………. but so passionately ………. i fucking scream this kiss is the reason im a romantic i want richard armitage to come kiss me like this what the FCK delete my entire life THIS KISS IS EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!