The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and...
In the classic Marlowe play, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with Mephistopheles: for twenty-four years of unlimited power he trades his soul. Unfortunately, Faustus learns too late that he got the raw end of the deal, but...
Some songs are memorable for their whistling. Here's a countdown of 15 popular whistling songs, from pop music to movies.
The epic heroes of Beowulf and the Four Branches of the Mabinogi reflect the different values of the Anglo-Saxon and the Welsh worlds. Through their strengths and flaws we see how different cultures embrace loyalty,...
The best Harry Potter parodies show a familiarity with the characters and an obvious love of the series. Here are some of the most popular, enduring Potter spoofs available on the web.
Any writer can relate to Anne Bradstreet's trepidation as she releases her writings (as dear to her as her children) to the world. This close reading of "The Author to Her Book" examines the poetic devices...
The first families found in the book of Genesis had their share of troubles, sibling rivalry and parental favoritism chief among them. Explore how these Biblical brothers dealt with conflict and how they drove God to...
William Blake combined two of his collections of poems to create Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the two contrary States of the Human Soul. His Songs of Innocence portrays the childhood purity of...
The film adaptation of Jane Eyre by Cary Fukunaga devotes as much attention to the gothic aspects of the novel as it does the romance. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender deliver passionate and tender performances as...
Movie taglines capture the spirit or theme of the film in a line or two. These 30 memorable taglines come from popular films over the years.
Knightly chivalry appears in many of the stories of Arthurian tradition, becoming almost mythic and archetypal because of its enduring popularity. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are associated with...
Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo features a man driven to obsession over his lost love. Scottie attempts to reconstruct a woman to fit his idea of beauty and perfection, but this new woman is merely an illusion that will...
William Wordsworth’s “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” are similar in many ways, in part because they are...
T.S. Eliot considered "Four Quartets" to be his masterpiece. Its use of symbolism, paradox, and religious allusions help develop its theme of human suffering.
Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is full of unfortunate mishaps and strokes of bad luck that usually have tragic consequences on the human body. Indeed, the three central...
Virginia Woolf is well known for her stream of consciousness approach, which allows her to delve into the minds and feelings of her characters in an intimate way. The point of view shifts rapidly from one character to...
Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet was controversial for its depiction of teen violence in a modern world rife with gang warfare and school shootings. The film does not trivialize or sensationalize violence, but rather shows the...
Fads tend to fizzle out as quickly as the flame up. Here's a look back at some of the most beloved (and befuddling) fads, from the pet rock and Cabbage Patch dolls to Beanie Babies and Silly Bandz.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex establishes Jeffrey Eugenides as a modern myth-maker. The expansive family saga is both an American epic and a Greek tale of metamorphosis and fate.
A literacy narrative is a personal account of learning how to read or write. Explore the significance of books and the written word in your life with this writing exercise.
Since the advent of film, there have been over 20 film and TV adaptations of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre. Here is an examination of Jane Eyre's film history and other adaptations on the stage and other media.
One of the challenges of moving Shakespeare's tragedy Othello to a high school setting is that modern audiences cannot ignore the horrors of school shootings like Columbine. By "teening down" Othello, Tim...
Every American has a dialect, even if it's not obvious to your ears. Dialects can reveal a great deal about people, but often we misjudge another person's friendliness or intelligence based on the way he or she speaks.
Even as a child, Jane Eyre defied the conventional standards that governed how people of her age, gender, and social status should behave. The stifling forces that Jane faces as a child shape her identity as a woman...
Several authors have written prequels, sequels, and creative retellings of the classic novel Jane Eyre. If you love the original novel, these books may offer a new spin or perspective on your favorite characters.
What is the difference between real-life, face-to-face friendships and Facebook friendships? Discover how social media has affected the way we communicate and relate to our friends.
Kate Atkinson, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Carol Goodman deliver modern literary mysteries guaranteed to add spookiness, dread, and thrills to your reading experience.
Duncan Sheik's rock musical Spring Awakening takes a hard look at timeless issues teenagers face, whether they're in 19th-century Germany or the modern world.