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Africa

Africa  

The ‘dark’ continent of Africa held an exotic fascination for Romantic writers and painters, and it was seen as a site of opportunity by explorers, missionaries, politicians, and commercial interests ...
African Aesthetics

African Aesthetics  

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In academic (Western) scholarship, the systematic study of indigenous African aesthetic criteria really just began during the last decades of the twentieth century. Prior to then, the kinds of ...
ambivalence

ambivalence  

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n. (in psychology) the condition of holding opposite feelings (such as love and hate) for the same person or object. This can cause relationship difficulties and pathological grief reactions.
Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith  

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Literature
(1916– ),Australian art historian and cultural critic, born in Sydney where for many years he was Power Professor of Fine Art at Sydney University. He retired to Melbourne in 1977. ...
Bertha Rochester

Bertha Rochester  

In Jane Eyre. Edward Fairfax Rochester, by his father's connivance with the Mason family, was encouraged to marry the handsome Bertha Antoinetta Mason, daughter of a wealthy merchant of Spanish ...
Caribbean Aesthetics

Caribbean Aesthetics  

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Defining concepts such as “aesthetics,” “aesthetic expression,” “artist,” and “work of art” within the socioeconomic contexts of the Caribbean is extremely problematic for several reasons. First, ...
Colonialism

Colonialism  

[CP]A general term referring to the period c.ad 550–900 in North America, being one of the five main cultural‐historical stages defined for the archaeology of southwestern parts of the USA. ...
colonialism

colonialism  

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[Th]The process whereby western nations established their rule in parts of the world away from their home territories.
criticism 1860–1940

criticism 1860–1940  

After the flood of reviews that followed the publication of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life and the posthumous release of The Professor in 1857, there was a period of about twenty years ...
criticism from 1940

criticism from 1940  

The number of publications on the Brontës has doubled nearly every decade since 1940, the vast majority being interpretations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights; Villette and Shirley have also ...
cultural criticism

cultural criticism  

In literary studies, the term cultural criticism is sometimes used very broadly to refer to any consideration of literature in relation to the culture within which it was produced and/or ...
cultural difference

cultural difference  

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Linguistics
The complexity of each of the terms in the phrase cultural difference has evoked considerable debate. Raymond Williams (1958) places culture among the most complicated words in the English language ...
cultural studies

cultural studies  

The critical analysis of the texts and practices of everyday life in contemporary society: an interdisciplinary enterprise involving both the humanities and the social sciences. Its territory (in the ...
deconstructionist approaches

deconstructionist approaches  

The term deconstruction refers to a philosophy of language pioneered by Jacques Derrida (b. 1930) and to a school of literary criticism derived from that philosophy. The multi-layered text of ...
dialogism

dialogism  

1. In literary works, Bakhtin's term for a style of discourse in which characters express a variety of (potentially contradictory) points of view rather than being mouthpieces for the author: a ...
difference

difference  

1. Being unlike something else, or unlike other people, in some way. The marking of difference constitutes identity—especially in relation to gender, ethnicity, class, and age. In some contexts, an ...
Empire

Empire  

The term originates from ancient Rome, where it denoted the legal power of magistrates, and, furthermore, worldwide domination by the Roman people and emperors. Beginning in the Middle Ages it ...
Eurocentrism

Eurocentrism  

A bias in which European cultural perspectives are privileged (often unconsciously, as if it were common sense) over others. Postcolonialism has exposed many of the ways in which such biases are ...
exoticism

exoticism  

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A romanticization, fetishization, and/or commodification of ethnic, racial, or cultural otherness, as in orientalism, or primitivizing representations of the ‘noble savage’. Ethnocentric stereotyping ...
feminist approaches

feminist approaches  

Although important assessments of the Brontës were made by early feminists, including their contemporary Harriet Martineau (1802–76) and in the 1920s Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), feminist criticism of ...

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