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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. It concerns the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: an ingenue - a fading actress - her son the symbolist playwright - and a famous middlebrow story writer. The play has a strong intertextual relationship with 'Hamelet.'






2. Jewel and Gentleman Brown






3. The protagonist of 'The School for Wives -' also known as Monsieur de la Souche.






4. Vasili'S cold - imperious - and beautiful daughter - who seduces Pierre into marriage - only to take up with another man immediately. She has affairs with many men - including her brother Anatole. Though known in social circles as a witty woman - she






5. A flirtatious - witty - young socialite who sends identical love letters to Alceste - Oronte - Acaste - and Clitandre.






6. Proposed that when we attribute motives to others - we tend to rely on ratios between 5 elements: act - scene - agent - agency - and purpose. This has become known as the dramatistic pentad. Wrote 'Permanence and Change' and 'A Grammar of Motives' -






7. Set during the 30 Years' War - it concerns the dreadfulness of war and the idea that virtues are not rewarded in corrupt times. He used an epic structure so that the audience focuses on the issues being displayed rather than getting involved with the






8. Wrote exclusively in Alexandrine. His dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight - the prevailing passion of his characters - a strong Jansensist sense of fate - and the nakedness of both the plot and stage.






9. Zosima






10. The protagonist of 'The Stranger'






11. Poet and critic who wrote 'Seven Types of Ambiguity'






12. An aristocratic woman. The protagonist of 'The Cherry Orchard.'






13. Ejlert Lovborg and Thea Elsted






14. John Oakhurst and Tom Simson. Tells the story of a town with serious financial and moral problems. In an effort to save what is left of the town and reestablish it as a virtuous place to be - a secret committee is created and it is decided whom ought






15. 'The Camera Eye' sections are written in stream of consciousness technique and add up to an autobiographical Knstlerroman. Narrates the lives of twelve characters in free indirect speech.






16. Wrote 'Culture and Society' and 'The Country and the City'






17. Wrote 'Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels' and 'The Critic as Host'






18. The oldest brother. Passionate and intemperate - easily swept away by emotions and enthusiasms - as he demonstrates when he loses interest in his fiance Katerina and falls madly in love with Grushenka. Cursed with a violent temper - Dmitri is plague






19. Wrote 'The Lesson -' 'The Chairs -' and 'The Bald Soprano'






20. Wrote 'The Sandbox -' a universal failure.






21. A young law student who seems to share Emma'S appreciation for the finer things in life - and who returns her admiration






22. Borodino






23. Raymond and Marie






24. It tells the story of the Bridau family (Phillipe and Joseph) - trying to regain their lost inheritance after a series of unfortunate mishaps.






25. The daughter of King Minos and wife of Theseus.






26. Concerns the son of the Roman emperor Claudius - whose succession to the imperial throne is usurped by Lucius - later known as Nero - and the son of Claudius' wife Agrippina the Younger.






27. A brilliant student with an incisively analytical mind - and his intelligence is directly to blame for his descent into despair. Unable to reconcile the horror of unjust human sufferingparticularly the suffering of childrenwith the idea of a loving






28. Metafictional American writer who wrote 'Lost in the Funhouse' and 'Chimera'






29. Semi-autobiographical novel that provides a portrait of life in Knoxville - Tennessee - showing how the sudden death of a father affects a young widow - her two children - her atheistic father and the dead man'S alcoholic brother. Protagonist is Rufu






30. Wrote 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' and 'Contingency - Irony - and Solidarity' - ironism - final vocabulary - and postphilosophy






31. The narrator of Camus' 'The Fall.' A wealthy lawyer who often speaks of his love for high - open places.






32. Known for his combination of realism and romanticism and his dedication to finding 'le mot juste' ('The right word') - which he considered has the key mean to achieve quality in literary art.






33. Tells the love of Orestes and Hermione - who is betrothed to Pyrrhus.






34. A historical psychological novel in two volumes - chronicling an aesthete carpenter'S son and his attempts to socially rise beyond his plebeian upbringing with a combination of talent and hard work - deception and hypocrisy yet who ultimately allow






35. Valentin Voloshinov and Terry Eagleton -






36. Hector'S wife






37. Distinguished between the semiotic and the symbolic - intertextuality and abjection - Wrote 'Powers of Horror' - Wrote 'From One Identity to Another' and 'Women'S Time'






38. Wrote the pacifist 'Dublin trilogy'






39. The 'Intentional' and 'Affective' Fallacies






40. Claire and Solange






41. The play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to the family'S estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate - the family essentially does nothing and the play e






42. It tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband'S death - and expects her daughter to do the same.






43. David Lurie is a professor of English at a technical university in Cape Town who seduces a student and loses everything: his reputation - his job - his peace of mind - his good looks - his dreams of artistic success - and finally even his ability to






44. Wrote 'Problems of Dostoyevsky' and 'Rabelais and His World'






45. Ends: 'Yes - she thought - laying down her brush in extreme fatigue - I have had my vision.'






46. Wrote 'Phenomenology of Reading'






47. Wrote 'The Meaning of Meaning' - Wrote 'The Principles of Literary Criticism' and 'Practical Criticism'






48. Among other artists - he specifically condemns Wagner and Beethoven as examples of overly cerebral artists - who lack real emotion. Furthermore - the Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - cannot claim to be able to 'infect' their audienceas it pretendswith






49. 'The death of the author' and 'writing degree zero' - Distinguished between the author and scriptor and Doxa and Para-doxa - 'Readerly' and 'writerly' texts - Wrote 'S/Z' and 'Mythologies'






50. Protagonist is Fabrice del Dongo - Tells the story of a young Italian nobleman from birth to death - including Napoleon'S invasions. - Gina and Count Mosco - The hero falls in love with Cllia while imprisoned in Farnese Tower.