Quite Useless: Truth, Art, and Life in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sarah Huener

In his examination of art in human form, Oscar Wilde ultimately concludes that art is not a means of striving for Absolute Truth, as Plato describes Form to be. Wilde’s choice of a man as his object of analysis is no coincidence; for him, the human soul itself is Form.

 

"Fit Words to Paint": The Rhetoric of Courtship and Courtiership in Sidney's Astrophil and Stella

Joe Albernaz

This article examines the types and uses of rhetoric in Sir Philip Sidney's sonnet sequence "Astrophil and Stella." Astrophil's rhetoric is informed by his roles as a courtier and lover, the two roles that define him.

 

Food, Sex & Violence: A Decolonizing Feminism in Caribbean Literature

Jon W. O'Neill

In Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory (1998) and Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiography of My Mother (1995), cooking and eating are acts that describe for us the conflicts and confusions of forming a national, familial or sexual identity in the (neo-)colonized, or decolonizing, Ca

 

Colored by Passion: The Political-Poetical Intersect in the Life and Work of Pablo Neruda

Erin Becker

Pablo Neruda began his career as an apolitical love poet and ended it as an outspoken advocate for engaged art and the Communist cause.

 

Allusions as Web-Building Vehicles in V for Vendetta

Orvis Evans, Michael Foote, Ross McDonald

Some works call out to readers with an invitation to play an active role in the construction of the text's meaning.

 

The Wrong Diagnosis: Why Infectious Disease Continues to Undermine Africa’s Development

Chris Rota

Infectious disease is a part of the human existence, a necessary experience which is shared by people from all walks of life. In the developed world, illnesses such as the common cold come and go with relatively little impact on the people they touch.

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