Loneliness and Isolation in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Brooklyn’

Loneliness and isolation are themes explored in various differing ways throughout Tennessee William’s play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1947) and Colm Toibin’s novel ‘Brooklyn’ (2009), mainly through the way their protagonists are presented and developed. In ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, loneliness is caused by the changes in culture and location each protagonist faces. … Read moreLoneliness and Isolation in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Brooklyn’

Brooklyn: Subverting and Challenging Genre Conventions

Brooklyn by Colm Toiblin tells the story of Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey’s journey to America during the 1950’s. The novel explores Eilis’s relationship with home as it shifts in correlation with her loyalties to those around her. The conventions of the novel allow for it to be read as a ‘hero’s journey’ story. Generically, this … Read moreBrooklyn: Subverting and Challenging Genre Conventions

The Act of Literary Representation in ‘Brooklyn’

The deliberate manipulation of textual form definitively reveals the significance of people’s experiences of landscape in shaping individual identity and the values of social groups. Colm Toibin’s novel Brooklyn, a unique blend of historical fiction and bildungsroman, utilizes characterization and narrative voice to emphasize the significance of changing landscapes for the migrant experience. Poetic voice … Read moreThe Act of Literary Representation in ‘Brooklyn’

Landscapes and Human Awareness of Identity in ‘Brooklyn ‘

The deliberate manipulation of textual form enables composers to showcase how an individual and social group’s awareness of identity is manufactured and shaped by their prevailing landscape. Colm Toibin’s bildungsroman novel Brooklyn (2009) exploits characterisation and form to detail the experiences of Irish immigrant, Eilis Lacey, as she interacts and navigates her primary landscapes of … Read moreLandscapes and Human Awareness of Identity in ‘Brooklyn ‘