literary links

Women’s History Month is an opportunity to step back and reflect on the patient fortitude of women whose once-relegated role as ‘observers’ has bred generations of brilliant storytellers. Over at Signature, Nathan Gelgud illustrates the influence of twelve indomitable female authors, their books, and the literary links between them.

The kind of literature that fan fiction is did not spring fully formed into being in the 1960s and 70s, though some journalists still seem to think so. Throughout this book I have been stressing the link, in literary terms, between fan fiction and any other fiction based on a shared canon […]. It is clear from the comments of fan fiction writers like Ika and Belatrix Carter that one major attraction of this genre for writers is the sense of a complicit audience who already share much information with the writer and can be relied on to pick up ironies or allusions without having them spelled out. Writing based on the canons of myth and folklore can do this too, though as Belatrix Carter pointed out in chapter 7, these canons have been so extensively used for so long it is becoming harder to do anything with them that feels original.

But there is another point, implied in Ika’s remark in chapter 2 - ‘What I like about fan fiction is that you can still get that very highly trained audience that can understand very, very complex and allusive things.’ The use of 'still’ alludes to the undoubted fact that for the traditional canons of myth, Bible, history, and folklore, this “very highly trained” audience is not as reliable as it once was, because the canon information is not as widely shared as it used to be. […] a writer can no longer allude to Lazarus, Circe or Alexander and be reasonably sure that most of his readers have in their heads the thoughts, stories or images for which he was aiming. The human need for heroes and archetypes does not go away, but their faces change with time, and one avatar takes the place of another. Ika’s point is a shrewd one: in an age of fragmented rather than shared cultures the fan fiction audience is unusual in having as thorough a knowledge of its particularly shared canon as a Bible-reading or classically educated audience once did.
—  Sheenagh Pugh, The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context, p. 219

pterocardio  asked:

Finally, have you ever discussed with anyone why Mr. Poe was coughing so much? There's a scene in the Netflix series where he's at the bank and he coughs particularly hard and stares wide-eyed at his handkerchief afterwards. It made me think his coughing might be a sign of a serious disease akin to tuberculosis, which imo seems to share a few similarities w the effects of Medusiod Mycelium. Do you think there might be a connection? (Such as extremely minimal exposure to the fungus?)

Arthur Poe’s cough can be explained away as a darkly humorous literary allusion (Link). Because he has a possible connection to V.F.D. (Link), it’s possible his lungs were injured because of the smoke of a fire. There’s precedence on trauma from various VFD-related incidents: Duncan’s pyrophobia, Jacques’ fear of snow gnats, Josephine’s hypervigilance, etc. But it’s all speculation at this point.

So I know I just said the Sun is a positive card in terms of Tarot. And it almost always is.

It’s associated with uncovering the truth and revelations as well as rebirth and creation.

And that’s usually a good thing. Even in Tokyo Ghoul.

But Kaneki has been repeatedly associated with Oedipus Rex, probably the most famous literary example of “OMG I WISH I COULD UNLEARN THAT AND LET MY CITY DIE OF THIS PLAGUE INSTEAD” ever.

Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King

Oedipus, who becomes king by killing his father. 

An act that later brings about a plague on his city. He vows to find the murderer and put them to justice, and so he calls a prophet and the prophet is like “yeah, bro, you really don’t want to know the truth, please stop looking.”

Because the truth is so horrifying (you aren’t who you think you are, your parents lied to you, you killed your real father, you married your real mother, you had children with her, and you cursed your whole city) that Oedipus goes mad for a bit and then stabs his own eyes out with pins. 

Not before his wife-mother kills herself though. Eto…

I’m not saying that the Clowns are gonna come out and reveal something somehow more horrific than all the shit we just learned and drive Kaneki mad in the process, I’m just saying that I’d feel a lot better about things if the famous literary King Kaneki was associated with were someone other than Oedipus, is all.

Oh shit, folks. Are the Qs gonna have to deal with some Oedipus at Colonus drama now? Washuu Matsuri is a perfect fit for Creon and if Zombie Shirazu comes back we’re back to 4 children of the King. Maybe we’re even gonna get some Antigone shit up in here. Saiko is totally gonna be Antigone isn’t she.


Dammit Greek Tragedy… why are you so tragic?