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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. Leading formalist who wrote 'Morphology of the Folktale'

2. A young woman - attempting to escape an existence cramped by social mores and have a little fun - dances at the servants' annual midsummer party - where she is drawn to a senior servant - a footman named Jean - who is particularly well-traveled - wel

3. 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

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

5. 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

6. Wrote the pacifist 'Dublin trilogy'

7. A rich and rakish landowner who seduces Emma as one more addition to a long string of mistresses. Though occasionally charmed by Emma - he feels little true emotion towards her.

8. 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

9. A one-act play which explores themes of isolation - miscommunication - social disparity - and dehumanization in a commercial world. The main characters are Peter and Jerry. Concludes with a stabbing in Central Park.

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

11. The husband of Emma Bovary.

12. Joachim Ziemssen and Clavdia Chauchat

13. '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.

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

15. Charles Ryder and Lord Sebastian Flyte

16. Old Mahon and Pegeen Mike

17. Ends: 'Yes - they will trample me underfoot - the numbers marching one two three - four hundred million five hundred six - reducing me to specks of voiceless dust - just as - in all good time - they will trample my son who is not my son - and his son

18. The grandson of the king of Judah who is restored to the throne.

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

20. 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.

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

22. 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

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

24. Set partially in the Berghof sanatorium.

25. Raskolinikov'S sister - she is decisive and brave - ending her engagement with Luzhin when he insults her family and fending off Svidrigailov with gunfire.

26. Orgon and Elmire - Damis - Mariane - and Dorine

27. Wrote 'The Shadow of a Gunman' and 'Red Roses for Me'

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

29. A beautiful young woman who is courted by both Levin and Vronsky - and who ultimately marries Levin. Modeled on Tolstoy'S real-life wife - she is sensitive and perhaps a bit overprotected - shocked by some of the crude realities of life.

30. Native American novelist and poet.

31. Eilif - Kattrin - and Swiss Cheese

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

33. 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

34. Based on Euripides' 'Hippolytus' - Tells of a mother'S love for her step-son during her husband'S absence. She drinks poison at the end.

35. The protagonist of 'The Magic Mountain'

36. The independent-minded and socially awkward co-protagonist of 'Anna Karenina.' Whereas Anna'S pursuit of love ends in tragedy - his long courtship of Kitty Shcherbatskaya ultimately ends in a happy marriage.

37. Jorgan Tesman

38. 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

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

40. 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

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

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

43. Dunya'S depraved yet generous former employer who attempts to rape her.

44. Aside from presenting a detailed account of the life and land of the Mojave desert - each story and essay includes at least one of three themes: the supremacy and divinity of nature - the negative consequences of the disconnect between humans and nat

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

46. 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.

47. 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.'

48. 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

49. His plays are generally considered untranslatable.

50. The protagonist and 'misanthrope' of the title. He is quick to criticize the flaws of everyone around him - including himself. He cannot help but love Climne though he loathes her behaviour.