Coming to Terms with Some Greek Terms (1)

Currently, there are some critical terms that many IB students are using in their essays. These terms are often used when writing about narratives such as novels and short stories, though they also occur in drama. Still, some of you might not be using these – although you are referring to the things they signify. It's possible that you might raise the quality of your discussion by using them – and using them accurately, which is not always the case in  ...

A Theme? A Motif? Which Is It?!

One of the cranky little issues that often (almost always) arises when you are trying to write about the leading ideas or stylistic choices in a piece of literature—as you often must in your courses that involve this kind of art—is when to use the term 'theme' and when to use 'motif.'  And it's no wonder. However, if you decide to settle this in your own head once and for all, and search out definitions either digitally or in print, ...

‘Here be dragons’ and fantasy and allegory

March, for some reason, seems like a good time for attention to dragons.  And just to remind you of their frequent presence in literature, take a look at 10 of them in works you may know or might like to explore. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/01/the-10-best-dragons-in-literature.html Also worth looking at for two reasons is a review from this week's New York Times Book Review.  Neil Gaiman, who you probably know from his graphic novels, reviews a new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, who you may also know ...