Tag: literature

What is literature?

Literature, s. learning, skill in letters. Dr Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary This definition of ‘literature’ provided by Dr Johnson was penned in the middle of the eighteenth century. Here he is as played by Robbie Coltrane in the third Blackadder series: This is such a clever episode, and it’s one of my favourites. The line which makes me…

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Focalisation in Chaucer and Swift

In the following exercise, I’ve made use of a focalisation framework to examine passages from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The passages are reproduced in full below. Text 1: Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales General Prologue lines 309-330: The Sergeant of the Law 309 A Sergeant of the Lawe, war and wys, 310…

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