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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. General Kutuzov






2. Wrote 'The Archaeology of Knowledge' and 'The Order of Things' - 'Episteme' and 'dispotif' - Panopticism - biopower - and governmentality






3. Reification and class consciousness - Wrote 'The Theory of the Novel' and 'The Historical Novel'






4. Concerns a young poet trying to make a name for himself - who becomes trapped in the morass of society's darkest contradiction - Lucien de Rubempr - Eve Chardon - David






5. The story is about a businessman called Blake - who is accosted on a train at gunpoint by his former secretary - named Miss Dent. The woman is mentally ill - and is particularly upset with how Blake left her after a one-night stand and then fired her






6. The assumption that the physical presence of a speaker authenticates his speech. Speaking would then precede writing (the sign of a sign) - since the writer is not present at the reading of his text toauthenticate it.






7. The 'Intentional' and 'Affective' Fallacies






8. The Patna and Patusan - Begins: 'Stately - plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead - bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.' Begins: 'All this happened - more or less'






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






10. Wrote 'Epistemology of the Closet' and 'Between Men'






11. Set partially in the Berghof sanatorium.






12. Subaltern - strategic essentialism






13. A master of epic theatre and the 'distancing effect.'






14. Joachim Ziemssen and Clavdia Chauchat






15. His main themes include the duality of human nature: sometimes dramatized as the disparity between a character'S decorous social persona and inner corruption - and sometimes as a conflict between two characters (often brothers) who embody the salient






16. Raskolnikov'S love who is forced to prostitute herself to support herself and the rest of her family. She is meek and easily embarrassed - but she maintains a strong religious faith.






17. It tells the story of Ezekiel Farragut - a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in a State Prison for the murder of his brother. Farragut struggles to retain his humanity in the prison environment - and begins an affair with a fel






18. Ends: 'There was the hum of bees - and the musky odor of pinks filled the air.'






19. 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.






20. Epistolary novel (letters sent to Wilhelm) set in the fictional village of Wahlheim






21. The story focuses on a doctor'S wife who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.






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






23. Her sci-fi novels explore Taoist - anarchist - ethnographic - feminist - queer theory - psychological and sociological themes. Wrote the Hainish cycle - including 'The Left Hand of Darkness' and 'The Dispossessed'






24. Wrote 'Structure - Sign - and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences' and 'Speech and Phenomena'






25. Criminal who also goes by Trompe-la-Mort - Jacques Collin - and Abb Herrera






26. The narrator of 'Lolita'






27. Begins: 'Someone must have slandered Josef K. - for one morning - without having done anything truly wrong - he was arrested.'






28. It describes life above and below stairs in an Irish country house during the Second World War. In the absence of their employers the Tennants - the servants enact their own battles and conflict amid rumors about the war in Europe; invading one anoth






29. The narrator describes him as the 'hero' of novel and claims that the book is his 'biography.' A young - handsome man of about twenty - he is remarkable for his extraordinarily mature religious faith - his selflessness - and his innate love of humank






30. Amanda and Laura Wingfield - Jim O'Connor






31. (A lawyer and a painter) Herr Huld and Titorelli






32. 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






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






34. Wrote 'The Myth of Sisyphus' and 'The Rebel'






35. A novel about miserliness - and how it is bequeathed from the father to the daughter through her unsatisfying love attachment with her cousin.






36. Two married couples - one twenty years older and bitterer than the other - engage in an evening of merciless personal attack - George and Martha - Nick and Honey






37. Settembrini and Naphta






38. The protagonist - Olga - has always been in love with someonestarting with her father as a young childand that she inspires mutual affection from most of the people she meets. She marries Kukin and - after his death - Vasily.






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






40. Wrote 'The Symbolist Manifesto'






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






42. Concerns a man who is so intimidated by femininity that he resolves to marry his young - nave ward and proceeds to make clumsy advances to this purpose. The final act introduces a powerful irony as Oronte and Enrique arrive on the scene and announce






43. Structuralist critic who wrote 'The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles'






44. Concerns a woman - Oedipa Maas - possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies - Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero






45. Saintly character who represents the ideal of the simple - life-affirming philosophy of the Russian peasantry






46. Wrote the pacifist 'Dublin trilogy'






47. Wrote 'The New Criticism'






48. Chronicles the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham and his own seemingly perfect marriage and that of two American friends. The novel employs a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order - as well as an unreliable narrator.






49. Tells the tale of Rubashov - an Old Bolshevik and October Revolutionary who is cast out - imprisoned - and tried for treason against the very Soviet Union he once helped to create.






50. Wrote 'The Discourse on Language' - Wrote 'Truth and Power' and 'What is an Author?'