Chaplin’s work is not as widely marketed and his work has certainly never been cast into film.
This dissertation looks at his work and questions the extent to which his pithy comments on the reality of north east life offer an insight into community and identity at least as powerful as that attributed to his more famous neighbouring regional novelist.
This dissertation contrasts this classic of literature with more recent accounts of life at war – comparing themes that are repeated and noting the rise in political commentary within the latter genre.
In so doing, this dissertation seeks to address the extent to which our toleration of the gritty realities of war is a consequence of our living in a more media orientated world than that of the early 20th century.
Analysis of sales trends within English fiction literature shows that there is, in times of recession, an upswing in the number of books bought that relate to historic fiction.
This dissertation using interviews with publishers, booksellers and book buyers seeks to establish why.Within Lear, themes abound including those of a King who is curiously naive in the ways of human nature, a King who finds himself in a world of negated values, and a King faced with moral blindness and unnaturalness.Such concerns are mirrored by issues of blind love, a more general inability to see reality and the cunning of womanhood in in Chaucer’s The Merchant’s tale.To what extent nationalism and regionalism can be seen as complementary or competing ideological traits is a central concern of this study.Moreover, in the period of high brutishness to what extent can his novels be seen to have tapped into the public consciousness of the time?Using a range of secondary sources this dissertation compares and contrasts the use of blindness and nature as a metaphor in both works.Suggested initial topic reading: 8) John Donne: A comparison of his sermons and metaphysical love poems As well as being a renowned poet of his age, John Donne was also Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.Using the techniques applied to the works of Hardy, this dissertation charts a similar map of is a staple text of many a KS3 English teacher, finding resonance also within the KS3 and KS4 History curriculum.Its depictions of war and in particular life within the trenches are well known – presenting a poignant but at times light hearted account of life within the battle field.Suggested initial topic reading: Walter Scott and the carving of brutishness: Nationalism and regionalism within his novels.Reviewing the entirety of the Scott’s work this dissertation seeks to address underlying themes that run through each of the novels.