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    Adrienne Kennedy's "Funnyhouse of a Negro" and the Importance of Absurdist Theater

    Analyse the usage of absurdist elements in Adrienne Kennedy’s "Funnyhouse of a Negro" and how they functioned in the course of the play.

    • I would add for whoever picks this up to analyze the "importance" of the use of absurdist theatre in Funnyhouse rather than just "analyze" it. There is a very specific political reason African American theatre of this time, utilizes absurdism. Whoever writes this will likely need to provide background on absurdism, the Black Arts Movement and Kennedy's relationship with that movment. Also taking a look at Kennedy's other works provides insights into how she specifically uses it. Looking forward to reading this. I hope someone picks this up. – Christen Mandracchia 6 years ago

    The Depiction of Alternative Subcultures in Literature

    In literature, stereotypes of alternative subcultures are rampant. Analyse the possible bases for such stereotypical depictions.

    • Oh, the potential! I love analyzing subcultures and the controversy they create. I think for others reading your topic, you should give them a little more detail. Unless you intentionally left this introduction vague. In that case, I understand. – Emily 6 years ago

    The Debate of Diagnosis in "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"

    In Joanne Greensberg’s "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden", the protagonist, who is based on Greensberg, is diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, in a 1981 New York Times article, two psychiatrists challenge this diagnosis using the diagnosis criteria in the DSM-3. Using the DSM-5’s diagnosis criteria, can it be argued that the protagonist suffers from schizophrenia?

    • I love Joanne Greenberg's work. I am so unqualified to write this topic but my fingers are crossed someone is ready to get their hands dirty in research. This has the potential to be a major analysis which could bring up other literature characters and the way mental illness is represented. However, if you were hoping to solely focus on Greenberg's novel, I think who writes this topic should include the film adaptation and speak on how it helps or hurts the diagnosis. – Emily 6 years ago
    • I think the first point of research would be comparing the DSM-3 and DSM 5's diagnosis criteria for schizophrenia to the criteria used when Greenberg's protagonist was institutionalized in the late 1940's. – EvelynBlack1994 6 years ago

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    Lovely article on Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Thanks for writing it.

    Terror and Horror in Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"

    Some writers undoubtedly have natural talent, but it is ultimately their passion that allows them to make use of their talent and advance. Passion, too, can take a novice writer and turn them into a gifted writer.

    Ultimately, this was an excellent article. Good work.

    Are Creative Writers Taught or Talented?

    In high school, I recall reading “Macbeth”, “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, “Romeo & Juliet”, and “Othello”. All are technically tragedies.

    In my college Shakespeare class, we read eight of his plays. Three were tragedies (Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth), two comedies (Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing), two histories (King Richard and Henry IV), and one romance (The Tempest). All had their strong points, but I still preferred the tragedies. However, it was beneficial to be exposed to multiple examples of his work.

    Of course, I read a great deal of his poems in both high school and college, too. I even had to write a few using his sonnet form.

    Of the The Classic Three, I find Macbeth and Hamlet worthy of being included. However, if one wants further exposure to the wide realm of his work, then a solid option would be to include a tragedy, a comedy, and either a historical or romance. The issue is finding which play should represent each category.

    The Obscure Shakespeare

    I write fiction, but I’ve dabbled in nonfiction recently. It’s very different than fiction, and I find it rather difficult to grasp.

    These tips were extremely helpful.

    Four Techniques of Effective Flash Nonfiction Writers

    I’ve read an array of literature that represents characters with mental illness. Some, such as the semi-autobiographical novel, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, represent it in an honest manner. The protagonist, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, recovered through years of therapy while institutionalized.

    Another that I read, “Willow”, did not do such a splendid job. The protagonist recovered from depression and self-injury through romantic love, which seems to be a common occurrence in modern literature. I found it so bothersome that the book left me feeling sickly.

    However, the increased amount of representation is beneficial.

    Mental Illness in YA: Rehabilitating Sick-Lit