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Sunday, 6 February 2011





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Dilshan Boange

An analysis of Consciousness: the Writer’s Primary pen:

Fulfilling an intellectual lacuna in contemporary literary criticism

The above quotation with which the celebrated literary critic Graham Hough begins his Styles and Stylistics is holistically applicable to Dilshan Boange’s book ‘Consciousness; the Writer’s Primary Pen’ which was published by Godage International Publishers.

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The relevance and irrelevance of Harold Bloom - Part 1

Harold Bloom is one of the most important and influential literary critics and literary theorists in the world. He was for many years a professor of English at Yale University. Over the past four decades or so, he has published a number of seminal works of literary analysis and edited over hundreds of volumes of essays. As with most influential literary critics and theorists, he is highly controversial. There are some who value him as a profoundly important and consequential literary scholar; there are others, equally vehemently, who feel that he is too idiosyncratic and deploys a kind of arcane vocabulary that appears to exude a certain pretentiousness. Bloom was a close reader of texts; he believed that the best apology for literary criticism is to do it, that is, to read texts carefully and write about them with insight.

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Galle Literary Festival 2011 :

A vanity fair?

The scenario developing in and around the world heritage site Galle Fort and in the city of Galle associated with Galle Literary Festival reminded me the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. The novel was first published in 1847-48.

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