By Anne Marie Hacht
The Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of global Literature allows scholars to examine an author's paintings within the context of the author's lifestyles and occasions. this set covers international authors from many sessions and genres, development a huge realizing of a few of the contexts within which literature should be seen, from the biographical to the literary and historic. Works will be seen in the course of the lens of the history, traditions and reviews of the author's own lifestyles and the ideals, occasions and existence in their surrounding international. The approximately 500 entries additionally establish the numerous literary units and international subject matters which outline a writer's type and position the writer within the greater literary culture as chronicled and evaluated via critics over the years. as well as 500 photos the set comprises serious pondering and job activates, additional enhnacing the student's personal own reaction to worldwide literature.
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Ghanaian writer and critic Kofi Awoonor writes: ‘‘Achebe’s thematic construction and dramatisation of the conflict in Things Fall Apart utilises the ‘chi’ concept—‘chi’ being the dominating ambiguous force in the life of an GALE CONTEXTUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD LITERATURE 7 Peter Ackroyd individual. The structure of the novel is firmly based in the principles that are derived from this piece of Igbo ontological evidence. Okonkwo’s life and actions seem to be prescribed by those immutable laws inherent in the ‘chi’ concept.
Kirchhoff maintained that Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency ‘‘is Adams’s best novel. That is, his characters are more fully delineated . . , the settings more credible and the plot more . . ’’ Responses to Literature 1. ’’ Write up an extended entry for a guidebook that will explain your town in detail to people from other planets. 2. Write a poem that you think might have been written by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England, whose work is identified in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as the worst in the universe.
In several of Adams’s books, the prevailing theme is the universality of the myth-driven folktale, and Adams owes much to mythologist Joseph Campbell’s theories. The impact of Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces on Adams is observable throughout Watership Down. Certainly, the standard path of the mythological hero—separation, initiation, and return with some kind of gain for the community—drives the narrative structure of Watership Down. Hazel, the novel’s main character, takes a small band of refugees on a hazardous quest through the English countryside to find a new home after a visionary senses the destruction of their warren by a developer.