Autobiography in the Works of Bret Easton Ellis by Christian Hensgens

By Christian Hensgens

exam Thesis from the yr 2006 within the topic American stories - Literature, grade: 1,3, college of Cologne, seventy seven entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: Autobiographische Werke erfreuen sich zunehmender Beliebtheit. Nicht zuletzt unterstreichen ständig steigende Verkaufszahlen den Vormarsch von Autobiographien auf dem Buchsektor und legitimieren diese Textsorten immer deutlicher als eigenständige Gattung. Begriff und Umfang der "Autobiographie" sind dabei umstritten und seit jeher einem geschichtlichen Wandel unterworfen. used to be macht eine Autobiographie aus? was once unterscheidet eine Autobiographie vom Roman, used to be von einer Biographie oder gar von Memoiren? Auf diese und andere Fragen der Begriffsbestimmung einer Autobiographie geht die vorliegende Arbeit ein. Sie gibt nicht nur einen Überblick über den geschichtlichen Wandel des Begriffes, sondern entwickelt außerdem einen Katalog konstituierender Merkmale einer Autobiographie. Anhand dieser Kriterien werden die Werke des US-Erfolgsautors Bret Easton Ellis untersucht und herausgearbeitet, ob und inwiefern sie als autobiographisch bezeichnet werden können. Im Mittelpunkt der Untersuchung steht dabei Ellis’ Werk „Lunar Park“, mit dem der Autor den Leser auf eine Reise zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit schickt. Es ist eine Reise zwischen Autobiographie und Roman, die den Leser in vielfältiger Weise maßregelt und seine Leseerwartung dadurch nachhaltig beeinflussen wird.

This paintings examines autobiographical theories of their improvement during the last a long time and provides an summary of essential theoretical ways till this day. by contrast history, a list of constitutive stipulations of autobiography is being created. within the following, the works of Bret Easton Ellis are tested for those autobiographical features, particularly his most up-to-date paintings "Lunar Park" should be within the heart of this paper.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald und das Scheitern des Amerikanischen by Marcus Münch

By Marcus Münch

Examensarbeit aus dem Jahr 2000 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, observe: 1,0, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Anglistik II), seventy three Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, summary: Sollte guy die vielzitierte word des "American Dream" mit einem amerikanischen Autor in Verbindung bringen, würde wohl der identify F. Scott Fitzgerald einer der ersten sein, der in diesem Zusammenhang fällt. Neben Ernest Hemingway und William Faulkner ist der Chronist der zwanziger Jahre, denen er mit seinem "Tales of the Jazz Age" (1922) zu ihrem charakteristischen Namen verhalf, einer der literarischen Schlüsselfiguren seiner iteration, und die Beschäftigung mit dem "American Dream", mit dem Thema, das um Jugend, Erfolg und vor allem materiellen Reichtum kreist, ist in seinem Werk nicht zu übersehen.

Im Zentrum dieser Arbeit steht Fitzgeralds berühmtester und den amerikanischen Traum vielleicht am nachhaltigsten reflektierende Roman "The nice Gatsby" (1925), der das stärkste Echo der Literaturkritik ausgelöst hat und zudem seine reifste Leistung darstellt. Der Akzent liegt hier vor allem auf den Charakteristika dieses Traums und des beliefs, in welchem er wurzelt, seiner Herkunft und Entwicklung in der Geistesgeschichte Amerikas und seinem Bezug zu den Schlüsselfiguren und –orten im Roman. Das erste Kapitel nimmt auch Bezug auf den Umgang des modernen Amerika - symbolisiert in der Figur des Erzählers Nick Carraway - mit dem Verlust der gründerzeitlichen Werte und Ideale soweit sie den amerikanischen Traum betreffen.
Die Beschäftigung mit Fitzgeralds vielleicht ehrgeizigstem Roman "Tender is the evening" (1934) bildet den zweiten Schwerpunkt der Arbeit, wobei hier das besondere Augenmerk dem Wesen des sich im Protagonisten, dem Psychiater Dick Diver, kristallisierenden Zusammenbruchs der stilisierten geldaristokratischen Scheinwelt gilt.
Im dritten Teil der Arbeit wird auch das 1941 posthum erschiene Romanfragment "The final mogul" berücksichtigt. Die Problematik des unhaltbar gewordenen "American Dream" wird hier anhand der Figur Monroe Stahrs, einem paternalistischen Filmstudioboss, und (unter anderem) dem politischen Hintergrund der dreißiger Jahre betrachtet. Es wird gezeigt, dass eine der Ursachen für sein Scheitern darin liegt, dass ein traditioneller Individualismus durch politisch-soziale Umwälzungen, etwa durch erstarkende kollektivistische Kräfte aber auch die dazu diametral gegenüberstehenden kapitalistischen Strömungen, seine scheinbar unerschütterliche Autorität nicht mehr erhalten kann.

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"The Mask of Dimitrios" - The character of Dimitrios by Regina Schultze

By Regina Schultze

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2009 within the topic American stories - Literature, grade: keine, collage of Leipzig (Institut für Anglistik), direction: secret agent Novels, language: English, summary: Eric Clifford Ambler used to be born in 1909. His mom and dad have been very inventive in creating wealth: they ran a string puppet-show (Ambler 1986, p. 61). from time to time, they played their convey in public and have been even in a position to achieve fairly a name. Little Eric Ambler was once drawn to studying secret tales and began to spend his time on chemical experiments in a friend’s storage (Ambler 1986, p. ninety three) to determine how issues paintings.
Eric Ambler took up a role in an ads service provider the place he saved on writing performs and his first novel The comic, which was once by no means accomplished. (Ambler 1986, p. 143 et seq.)
A first-class buddy of Ambler inspired him to write down secret tales simply as Somerset Maugham (Ambler 1986, p. 199), which he beloved to learn in addition. within the following years, Ambler wrote The darkish Frontier (1936) and unusual threat (1937). The younger guy give up his activity on the ads employer and now labored as an writer in fulltime (Ambler 1986, p. 211). He travelled much – to France, Spain and america, the place he acquired to understand his destiny spouse Louise Crombie (Ambler 1986, p. 242).
Ambler joined the military and shortly grew to become a screenwriter for tutorial motion pictures for the military movie unit (Ambler 1986, p. 276 et seq.). After global struggle ll, Ambler labored on movies approximately civilian professions and daily issues which would were replaced throughout the struggle to provide former infantrymen a undeniable defense again within the civilian lifestyles: A British Diary provided this data (Ambler 1986, p. 352f.).
Writing novels back grew to become out to be tricky, on the grounds that Ambler was once now not used to paintings with focus for an extended interval anymore. He himself had replaced through the years and had to discover what to put in writing subsequent. (Ambler 1986, p. 361) Ambler additionally saved on writing screenplays or even obtained an Academy Award nomination in 1953 for the harsh Sea .He died in 1998 in Switzerland.
The masks of Dimitrios used to be written in 1939. within the novel, Ambler perpetuated to create one other form of legal – one with credibility and lifelike positive factors. The reader doesn't ‘see’ Dimitrios till the tip of the unconventional, yet Charles Latimer, who writes detective tales, comes to a decision to investigate the undesirable guy’s lifestyles, which places him at risk and checks his mettle.
On the subsequent pages, Dimitrios’ existence is depicted and parallels are proven to a true lifestyles legal named Basil Zaharoff. in addition, very important subject matters of the secret agent novel similar to internationalism and crime on its own are explored.

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The need to assimilate: Searching for an american identity by Sonja Longolius

By Sonja Longolius

Seminar paper from the yr 2005 within the topic American stories - Literature, grade: 1,3, loose collage of Berlin (John-F.-Kennedy Institut ), path: ‘The Subaltern Speaks’: Minority Literature within the united states, 12 entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: round global battle One, American authors from diversified minority backgrounds released their possible not like novels. In 1912, the African American diplomat and author James Weldon Johnson released his narrative “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored guy” anonymously, and in 1917, the Jewish American editor and journalist Abraham Cahan placed out his novel “The upward push of David Levinsky”. regardless of all modifications noticeable among the authors and their protagonists, either novels however describe at their center the necessity to assimilate, the quest for an American identification and the prices of assimilation.
In their quest for an American id, either protagonists, the previous Orthodox Jew from Russia and the nameless, light-skinned African American, selected to flee white Anglo-Saxon Protestant hostility in the direction of their minority prestige via assimilating respectively by way of passing so far as attainable into the dominant tradition of white American society. the necessity to assimilate derives from the phobia of marginalization and the hostility proven in the direction of minority teams in the United States. it's accurately this threatening angle together with a longing to participate within the dominant tradition of yank society that eventually forces those characters to assimilate respectively to go completely.
Despite their minority backgrounds, either protagonists be ready to input the dominant tradition ultimately. yet even supposing either males dwell as much as a lifetime of monetary and social luck on the finish of the novels, their narratives aren't easily general American success-stories, yet relatively tragic stories at the excessive expenditures of assimilation. Levinsky and the Ex-Colored guy reside the classical American dream from “rags to riches”, yet in spite of everything, either needs to however observe that wealth and a excessive social prestige on my own don't warrantly precise internal happiness.
The end turns out sour: one’s marginality and minority prestige needs to be conquer that allows you to participate in the “American luck story”. yet even supposing ethnic and racial backgrounds should be denied and crucial components of one’s personal identification should be neglected, complete assimilation can by no means be accomplished. The profitable fiscal and social upward thrust of the 2 males can't be separated from the tragic own failure to discover their precise identification and internal happiness. of their novels, Cahan and Johnson hence voice the dreadful lack of person id that complete assimilation and passing ask for.

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Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the by Michael P. Bibler

By Michael P. Bibler

Finally breaking via heterosexual clichés of flirtatious belles and
cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton’s Queer Relations
exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern plantation. targeting works by
Ernest J. Gaines, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Anne Porter,
Margaret Walker, William Styron, and Arna Bontemps, Michael P. Bibler indicates how every one uses
figures of same-sex intimacy to indicate a extra innovative replacement to the pervasive
inequalities tied traditionally and symbolically to the South’s such a lot iconic
institution.

Bibler seems in particular at relationships among white males of the
planter classification, among plantation mistresses and black maids, and among black males, arguing
that whereas the texts painting the plantation as a inflexible hierarchy of alterations, those queer
family members privilege a inspiration of sexual sameness that joins the participants as equals in a system
the place equality is uncommon certainly. Bibler finds how those versions of queer egalitarianism attempt
to reconcile the plantation’s neighborhood legacies with nationwide debates approximately equality and
democracy, quite through the eras of the hot Deal, international battle II, and the civil rights
move. Cotton’s Queer relatives charts daring new territory in southern stories and queer
reviews alike, bringing jointly heritage and cultural concept to provide leading edge readings of
vintage southern texts.

A publication within the American Literatures Initiative
(ALI), a collaborative publishing undertaking supported by way of The Andrew W. Mellon origin. For more
info, please stopover at www.americanliteratures.org.

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The Land Pyramid as Philosophy and Structure in Aldo by Susanne Hefekäuser

By Susanne Hefekäuser

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2007 within the topic American reviews - Literature, grade: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg collage Mainz (Department of English and Linguistics), direction: Nature Writing, language: English, summary: The essays which compose Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and Sketches right here and there were written in a time span of over thirty years, a few courting again to the 1910’s. as a result, the paintings may possibly otherwise be noticeable as a set of essays than a monographic booklet. also, Leopold writes approximately the sort of variety of areas and species, that the paintings as a complete looks very fragmented.

However, this sort of composition isn't really as randomized because it turns out initially look. as a substitute, as an entire, the essays of A Sand County Almanac shape the constitution of an surroundings with interdependent elements assisting and difficult one another.

In this paper, i'll first discover Leopold’s personal definition of an environment as he describes it within the subchapter “The Land Pyramid”. Then, i'm going to display Sand County Almanac mirrors the complicated buildings of any such system.

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Thrown Under the Omnibus by P. J. O'Rourke

By P. J. O'Rourke

'Whether you settle with him or no longer, P.J. writes a helluva piece.' Richard Nixon

P.J. O'Rourke has had a prolific occupation as one among America's such a lot celebrated humourists. yet that profession nearly did not ensue. As he tells it, 'I started to write for pay within the spring of 1970. to inform the reality i did not even suggest to be a author, I intended to be a race automobile driving force, yet i did not have a race car.'

thankfully for us, he needed to accept writing. From his early items for the National Lampoon ('How to force quick on medicines whereas Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and never Spill Your Drink'), via his vintage reporting as Rolling Stone's overseas Affairs editor within the 80s and 90s ('Among the Euroweenies'), and his superb, inimitable political journalism and research (Parliament of Whores, supply warfare an opportunity, consume the Rich), P.J. has been pleasing and inspiring readers with excessive octane prose, a gonzo Republican angle and a unprecedented skill to make you chortle out loud whereas silently analyzing to your self.

For the 1st time Thrown less than the Omnibus brings jointly his funniest, so much outrageous, so much arguable and so much enjoyed items within the definitive P.J. reader.

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Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and by Barbara Thrash Murphy,Deborah L. Murphy

By Barbara Thrash Murphy,Deborah L. Murphy

Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for kids and younger Adults is a biographical dictionary that gives complete insurance of all significant authors and illustrators – past and current. because the basically reference quantity of its variety to be had, this ebook is a beneficial learn software that offers quickly access for someone learning black children’s literature – even if one is a pupil, a librarian charged with keeping a children’s literature assortment, or a pupil of children’s literature.



The Fourth version of this well known reference paintings illuminates African American contributions to children’s literature and books for teenagers. the hot variation includes up to date and new info for present author/illustrator entries, the addition of roughly 50 new profiles, and a brand new part directory on-line assets of curiosity to the authors and readers of black children’s literature.

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Learning the difference between black and white: The racial by Ana Colton-Sonnenberg

By Ana Colton-Sonnenberg

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2007 within the topic American experiences - Literature, grade: 1,3, college of Paderborn, 31 entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: regardless of the ferocious anti-racism of his early works, Himes is better recognized and preferred for his detective tales. while those have been very winning specially in Europe, the bitterness of his first books didn't locate approval first and foremost. His brief tales, although, have been renowned sufficient to promote ordinarily to black newspapers and magazines but additionally to Esquire. The tales taken care of during this paper have been released posthumously within the anthology The accumulated tales of Chester Himes. those brief tales, written among 1933 and 1978, take care of issues starting from ladies and poverty to lifestyles in legal, struggle, and, peculiarly, racism. a few of them may be thought of semi-autobiographical. they're Himes’ approach of facing his scenario as a black American in a white segregationist society and mirror his anger and hopelessness.
This paper will be aware of brief tales treating the topic of racism opposed to African americans that's omnipresent in Himes’ works. while in “All God’s Chillun received delight” Himes emphasizes that the inferiority of blacks isn't a usual phenomenon yet a practice forcibly imposed on them by way of the whites, “Rufus Jones” is a bitter-sweet funny try to unveil the absurdity of racial stereotypes. to appreciate the bitterness and cynicism of Himes’ brief tales it will be important either to bear in mind the historic advancements that inspired them and to examine the author’s biography. as a result, i'll first introduce a quick historic and biographical review, to then specialise in the chosen brief tales and at last sum up the outcome.

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The changed role of Jewish immigrant women in the USA from by Antje Kurzmann

By Antje Kurzmann

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2006 within the topic American reports - tradition and utilized Geography, grade: none ("fine paper"), collage of Potsdam (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), direction: Jewish-American Hisory, eleven entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: in the course of the path Jewish-American background and lifestyles from the 1840ies to international battle I on the collage of Potsdam we simply touched the sphere of Jewish ladies, particularly those that immigrated to the USA of the US. so far as we have now come it truly is transparent that Judaism is in its tenor patriarchal; that's the function of male folks is especially robust. ladies appear to play just a minor position. yet is it particularly that simple to figure out the position of Jewish women and men? And, in how a ways do Jewish ladies in Germany and East Europe vary from one another? Did similar to Jewish girls switch in any respect after immigrating to the us of the USA? loads of questions remained unanswered. So, this paper is an try to take care of a few of them. the focal point lies at the description of similar to Jewish moms in East Europe, in Germany and after immigrating to the States. to begin with total positive aspects of Jewish ladies are defined. Afterwards, the placement within the new kingdom is tested. One major element is the nearer examine the lifetime of Rebecca Gratz. She is brought to teach one lifestyles tale of a Jewish lady intimately and to accommodate the query if there's one of these factor like a regular Jewish lady life...

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