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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. Most of it is a thirty-year flashback. Peter Ivanovich - Gerasim

2. 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.

3. The narrator of 'Lolita'

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

5. 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

6. Mynheer Peeperkorn

7. Set in the sitting room of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt - a wealthy cotton tycoon - Big Daddy Pollitt - Brick and Maggie

8. 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

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

10. 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

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

12. '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.

13. 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

14. The illegitimate son of a wealthy count - who upon receiving an unexpected inheritance is suddenly burdened with responsibility and conflict. His former carefree behavior vanishes and he enters upon a philosophical quest of how one should live a mora

15. In 1940s Mexico - an ex-minister - Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon - has been locked out of his church after characterizing the Occidental image of God as a 'Senile delinquent' - during one of his sermons - Hannah Jelkes

16. Group of literary theorists and critics working from a phenomenological perspective.

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

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

19. The play tells the story of a childless woman living in rural Spain. Her desperate desire for motherhood becomes an obsession that eventually drives her to commit a horrific crime. Her desperation is driven by the social norms of her culture - and th

20. Jack and Nora Clitheroe - The final acts take place on the Easter Rising of 1916.

21. Best known for his analysis of interpretive communities an offshoot of reader-response criticism.

22. A retelling of the story of Phaedra - Theseus - and Hippolyte.

23. 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

24. The Kafka-influenced novel concerns a dejected researcher who becomes convinced that inanimate objects and situations encroach on his ability to define himself - on his intellectual and spiritual freedom. The protagonist is Antoine Roquentin - Anna

25. Ends: 'The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life - and rest in unvisited tombs.'

26. Wrote 'Anatomy of Criticism' and 'The Well-Tempered Critic' - 'centripetal' and 'centrifugal'

27. Begins: 'If I am out of my mind - it'S all right with me.'

28. The protagonist of 'The Mill on the Floss.' Her brother is Tom.

29. Contains several parallels with Dante'S Inferno - the last circle of Hell being a bar called 'Mexico City.' 'God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice - aided by ourselves...Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes pla

30. Beautiful - accomplished - lively - spontaneous - and charming - she begins the novel as a willful and exuberant teenager and ends it as a happily married to Pierre. Her crush on Anatole costs her a chance with Andrew - who cannot forgive her lapse.

31. Set in Yonville. She has a highly romanticized view of the world and craves beauty - wealth - passion - and high society. It is the disparity between these romantic ideals and the realities of her country life that impels her to commit adultery and a

32. Wrote 'Phenomenology of Reading'

33. Melanctha - 'The Good Anna' and 'The Gentle Lena' - Set in the fictional town of Bridgepoint

34. Wrote 'The Roads to Freedom -' a WWII triology about Mathieu - a socialist teacher of philosophy and somewhat of a stand-in for the author.

35. The protagonist of 'Pere Goriot'

36. Ends: 'I lingered round them - under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath - and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers

37. 'The postmodern condition' and 'The collapse of the grand narrative'

38. 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.

39. Subaltern - strategic essentialism

40. (His lawyer and best friend) Mr. Jaggers and Herbert Pocket - (the convict and Pip'S worst enemy) - Abel Magwitch and Bentley Drummel

41. Masha - Olga and Irina - Andrei Prozorova and Natalia Ivanova - The characters identify Moscow with their happiness - and thus to them it represents the perfect life. However as the play develops Moscow never materializes and they all see their dream

42. The protagonist of 'The Red and the Black' - Contains the epitaph 'The truth - the harsh truth - Mathilde de la Mole - Madame de Rnal and M. Pirard - A sociological satire of the French social order under the Bourbon Restoration

43. Zosima

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

45. Felix and Charles

46. The story documents the troubles of Tayo - a Native American World War II veteran who strives to overcome PTSD and end the drought that is devastating his Laguna Pueblo people.

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

48. Tomas and Tereza

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

50. The narrator - K. - arrives in a village governed by a mysterious bureaucracy - Frieda and Klamm