General Lit Theory


A type of writing in which the settings, characters, and events stand for other specific people, events, or ideas. As a literary device, an allegory is a metaphor in which a character, place or event is used to deliver a broader message about real-world issues [...]

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According to Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, power (state) works either through dominance or hegemony. Dominance involves the coercive use of brute force such as the police, army, or the law to control a population or a group. But more often [...]

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Hegemony, the dominance of one group over another, often supported by legitimating norms and ideas. The term hegemony is today often used as shorthand to describe the relatively dominant position of a particular set of ideas and their associated tendency to become commonsensical and [...]

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Worldliness is theorized by Edward said and is the main theme of his work The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983), which was published after Orientalism. In the introductory parts of the book Said explains what he calls Secular [...]

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