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Due to the success of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel, The Phantom of the Opera, many psychoanalytic critics have delved into various interpretations. When one looks closely at the psychoanalytic complexities within the novel, one begins to understand the plot on a deeper level. For example, there is a strong father/daughter connection between the phantom and his protégée, Christine, which stems from the relationship shared by Christine and her father before his death. We also see this idea reversed in many different adaptations to the original novel. There is also an overpowering sexual aura around the mysterious phantom, which leads to ideas of necrophilia and masochism, while having an opposite effect on the hero of the story, Raoul. Raoul's sexless appeal comes from a childhood, thus innocent, romance between him and Christine. When studying this aspect of the novel, the reader can gain new insight into this timeless classic.
I wrote the short story “Lick the Hand” in 2006. I imagined getting it published in a literary journal or a compilation. In reality, the landscape of publication has completely changed within the last fifteen years due to the Internet. My story was accepted by the website Somethingawful.com. The website, one of the largest comedy oriented sites with over 500,000 viewers a week, hired me to write a bi-monthly article for the past year. As a writer, I prefer printed works, but I write for the Internet. The differences between the two sources are respect and prestige, but the internet is becoming increasingly popular for independent writers to present original work. My presentation discusses the changes in audience and intent between an internet writer and the old-fashioned version, as well as the different mindset, standards, and writing style forced upon the writer in the internet age through first hand experience. As a writer, I was forced to change my beliefs, while my story “Lick the Hand” also went through a dramatic transformation.
Through the study of Greek and Celtic mythology, one prevailing attribute can be witnessed time and time again in the heroic narrative. The pursuit of glory, or in Greek, Kleos, weighed heavily on the minds of such figures as Achilles of the Iliad and C'chulainn of the Tain. These warriors were willing to sacrifice anything in the interest of gaining an everlasting legacy, even if it meant shortening their own lifespan. As all of mythology reflects the culture of its origins, these figures demonstrate the importance of Kleos in the ancient mind and an extreme philosophy that the modern person may have trouble understanding. But are we so different? Can we find the pursuit of such glory reflected in our own cultural philosophy? Using the ancient epics of the Iliad and the Tain as well as scholarly studies on "Kleos," this project provides a theory concerning the impact of this mythological concept on the direction of our modern culture.
Milton and Dante are usually mentioned together only in terms of competition. And, to an extent, rightfully so, as their purposes are different (justifying the ways of God to man and saving of the soul) and their plots are different (the beginning and fall of humankind and a journey through the underworld). However, they are connected in more ways than Dante's irrefutable influence on Milton and even beyond the Pilgrim's first dream on Mount Purgatory and Eve’s dream in Eden. By looking at Paradise Lost and The Divine Comedy through an archetypal lens, it is evident why the two very different works are inextricably linked in the minds of many; specifically, through emergence of God in the role of the mother archetype as evidenced in the conundrum of choosing to sin or not to sin in both poems.
The 2008 edition of Dionysia, Capital’s Literary and Arts Magazine, will be published in an online-only version. This presentation reviews the history of the magazine and the process that is used to decide which student, faculty, and staff submissions are published. Several submitters are spotlighted as they speak about their pieces and their own creative process. As the Web site will be unveiled the same day, the presentation also serves as a reception to celebrate this year’s publication and the many creative works it includes.
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