J.D. Jankowski

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    The Decline of the Play in Poetic Form

    The play in poetic form was popularized by Shakespeare, with works such as "Twelfth Night", "Hamlet", "Othello", et cetera. The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries had a number of playwrights who wrote their plays in poetic form (Aside from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Racine, come to mine). However, only one such play was written in the Twentieth Century (T.S. Eliot’s "Murder in the Cathedral", and in the 1930s). Is there an explanation for such a decline in such authorship, and if so, what is it? Some factors that I would consider would be court culture (Versailles is an example), court funding for such work to have patronage, how absolute the ruler is, et cetera. If there are other factors that you would note, I am all ears.

    • The Ancient Greeks made poetic drama and dramatic verse popular before Shakespeare. I believe he effectively stole a number of their plays to make his own. We should also note that prose never became much of a thing until a little past the middle of the last millennium.Before we leave the realm of literature for its external influences, I think it's worth thinking hard about how much poetry has been in decline overall. Not long ago I attended Simon Armitage's inaugural lecture as Professor of Poetry at Oxford; the whole thing was about how poetry was a struggling and even dying art form. The history of poetry itself should be a primary concern for this topic, and subsequent to that should be insights into how popular opinion of verse has shifted.Yeats's verse dramas should also definitely be considered, and the effects of the greats of drama in prose around the turn of the century - Ibsen, Shaw, for instance - ought also to be examined as influential. – JekoJeko 2 years ago
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the 1970s

    Analyse how the transformation of the United States during the 1970s affected the world of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. These changes can be cultural, such as Mary discovering that her male predecessor in her producer job made more money than she did, Lou’s divorce from his wife, and Lou’s one-night stand with Sue Ann. But these changes can also be economic, such as Phyllis making cutbacks in the household, and gaining employment (in addition to her housewife duties) due to inflation. These angles are examples of what can be used in an article.

    • One interesting angle to explore this topic with would be to look at the ideas of femininity and masculinity and how postmodern American politics pertaining to gender shaped these types of TV shows. Of course these policies impacted the show's content as well as Moore's own personal and professional life as a woman. – aferozan 2 years ago
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    • This is a great topic; one that I would definitely be interested in writing perhaps myself. As Aferozan mentioned, it would definitely be advantageous to look at the ideas of femininity and masculinity. Originally, Mary Richards was supposed to be moving because of a divorce, but producers were afraid that it would appear that she was divorcing Dick Van Dyke (Rob Petrie) from The Dick Van Dyke Show; as such, they had Mary leaving town because of a boyfriend. That in itself is interesting when concerned with masculinity and femininity, and it's odd to think that people would not be able to differentiate Laura Petrie from Mary Richards.As The Mary Tyler Moore Show progressed, it definitely dealt with cultural issues of the time - Mary was a single woman who had boyfriends and stayed the night with them on occasion; the show dealt with equal pay for women, homosexuality, and addiction, to name a few. It was definitely snuggled appropriately with other groundbreaking series of the 1970's like "All in the Family", "Maude", "Good Times", etc.I would love to see this topic written about, and will keep my eye on it. If it isn't grabbed, I would love to take it. :) Great idea! – Douglas 2 years ago
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    • A sad, ironic comment related to this topic is that while MTM's efforts way-back-when supported freedom for women, she succumbed to cosmetic surgery - which I believe are fueled by sexist expectations pressuring women (often by women) - and now looks awful. – Tigey 1 year ago
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    "Aeneas and Dido" in the Context of "The Aeneid"

    An obvious difference between the epic poem "The Aeneid", and the opera "Aeneas and Dido" is that "The Aeneid" discusses how Aeneas created the foundations for Rome, whilst "Aeneas Dido", by Henry Purcell, only focuses on the aspects of that epic poem that focus on the relationship between Aeneas, and Dido. With that stated, compare the two works, and discuss the modifications that Purcell made to his opera. Specifically, given that the opera was written in the late 17th Century, discuss what role nationalism played in the plot if any (in light of the Roman, Trojan, and Carthaginian dynamics). What role does amourous emotion play in both the epic poem, and the opera (including, but not limited to Dido’s suicide)? The role of the gods in both should also be discussed.

    • Through out the entire of The Aeneid, Dido only appears in a fraction of the books so if anything I'd say that it's more of focusing on the lens of their relationship and the storytelling displaying their relationship. There is far much more to The Aeneid beside this such as his long and tasking journey and the battles he had to rigorously fight against both man and gods. – Kmo 2 years ago
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    • Can you elaborate on the role of the gods more so?? – williamshackelford 9 months ago
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    Teiresias: A Literary Study

    Teiresias is a character that appears in a number of Greek plays,and other Greek Literature (namely, the trilogy of the Oedipus Cycle). Teiresias seems to have the role of the wisest of all men in the literature of Ancient Greece, with his role in the plot to either expose it, or to play an otherwise pivotal role. How is this done specifically? From whence is his wisdom derived? Also, is his prevalence any indicator of an ideal, or an actual, venerated person?

    • One could look specifically at the different stories about how Teiresias became blind and the way that his physical blindness is compensated by spiritual vision. The figure of the blind seer becomes an archetype throughout Western literature, from John Milton to Gloucester in King Lear to Anchorman 2. Teiresias also reappears in modern literature, such as T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. – JLaurenceCohen 2 years ago
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    Latest Comments

    I found your use of Chesterton, as a way to analyse Peter pan to be excellent, in that it illustrated that Peter Pan took the worst possible path in life.

    The Problem of Peter Pan: Should Choices Hurt?

    I find it interesting that a definition that you give for sublime came from a figure of the Enlightenment. The only point of concern that I have is that you may have read too much into current conceptions of gender to make your argument.

    The Sublime's Effects in Gothic Fiction

    In many ways, fantasy is the opposite of the postmodernism that you mentioned, in that it seems to me that fantasy is a form of a backlash against postmodernism. As such, I think fantasy shall survive, along with other forms that run counter to postmodernism.

    Fantasize the Fantasy Tomorrow

    I like the comparative nature of the article that you have put forth. I only wish that you included more sources for Turn 10, in addition to the Forza 6 material.

    Realistic Console Racer Soup: Two Parts Forza, One Part Project CARS

    I don’t see a central thesis to the writing; it seems to be a synopsis.

    The Inconvenience of Gold Street

    I like that idea to make this into a series; I will take this into consideration.

    How to Keep Friends after Playing Monopoly (Satire)
    How to Keep Friends after Playing Monopoly (Satire)

    Yes, I attempted to allude to this, but I did not want to spend too much time on the premise of the article.

    How to Keep Friends after Playing Monopoly (Satire)