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A Very Dark Light: Imagery and Meaning in Lumiere D’Ete, Part II

In our previous look at the 1943 French film Lumiere D`Ete, we discussed how the film`s visuals reinforced and indeed elaborated on the themes and concerns explicitly set forth through dialogue and plot. Yet that examination by no means exhausted the topic, for Lumiere … Continue reading

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Katherine Mansfield and the Moment of Truth

James Joyce and Flannery O`Connor are both famous for the “epiphanies” or moments of grace in their stories, which often function structurally as the climax of their story. While the character may not be changed for the better by the … Continue reading

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A Very Dark Light: Imagery and Meaning in Lumiere d’Été, Part I

Many critics acclaim Jean Renoir’s 1939 film The Rules of the Game not merely as the greatest French film produced during the German Occupation, but also as one of the finest films ever made. Another French film made only four … Continue reading

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The Power of Negative Thinking: “Theft” by Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter, a native of Texas, a writer of fiction, and an occasional Catholic who lived from 1890 to 1980, led a life to which the adjective “colorful” does only faint justice. Miss Porter is one of the many … Continue reading

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A Generation of Devils Laid in the Souls of Children

“It goes so far back and so deep,” Ray said. “You see, parents might not realize it, but it’s their behavior that invites these possessors in.” Mike neither nodded nor answered. “Sexual behavior, blasphemy, you know the kind of thing … Continue reading

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Infundibular

“‘The explanation for this is that the world inhabited by these beings is not the world we inhabit. It is another world entirely, and it is enclosed within this one; it is in a sense a universal retreating mirror image … Continue reading

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Little, Big by John Crowley

“‘Please please follow all these instructions very carefully or I don’t know what might happen.’ Which is how Smoky came to be walking not riding to Edgewood, with a wedding-suit in his pack old not new, and food made not … Continue reading

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