Category Archives: Literary Analysis/Review

Analysis of ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Banjo Paterson.

It is Australia’s most famous bush ballad, evoking images, scenes and themes which have cemented in the country’s national tapestry, but is ‘The Man’ really a man, or do the subtle descriptions of  Paterson’s piece point to something else entirely? 

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A Sympathetic Perspective, Women and the Australian Pioneer Legend; Analysis of ‘The Women of the West’ by George Essex Evens.

The bush was a harsh mistress, and women were the main victims in early Australian bush literature, until the emergence of the Pioneer Legend. One focused on solidarity, and one focused on family and progress. Finally, women found their place in the emerging Australian literary canon, and the development of national identity.  Continue reading

Umberto Eco: Intertextuality in the Name of the Rose

At first consideration, Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose is a book that that speaks of other books. This much is obvious, even to a closed reader who chooses not to broaden their knowledge through exploration of the texts described and referred to. Upon closer analysis however, it becomes clear, that The Name of the Rose is also a study in irony. Continue reading

Women in Arthurian Literature; Examination of Alfred Tennyson and Zimmer Bradley

The position of women in society has often been a point of focus for Arthurian writers. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Alfred Tennyson are two such authors who have utilised the Arthurian legend to depict the position of women, as they existed in their respective socioeconomic climates. Continue reading

Critical Comparison in Religion: O’Casey and Synge

The theme of religion in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock and John Synge’s Riders to the Sea is represented very differently despite the similar storylines that the plays follow. Continue reading