FUNCTIONS OF DREAMS ABOUT FOOD AND EATING IN LITERATURE

Posted On Dec 11 2017 by

Our paper aims to identify the functions of dreams about food, preparing food and eating experienced by characters in 19th-century English and Romanian novels. Fictional descriptions of dreams about food and eating are usually associated with experiencing absence, anxiety, struggle and desire. Our analysis will correlate the functions of dreams about food and eating to the private and public spheres of life, as well as to gender. Eating was regarded as having consequences not only at the physical and mental level of the human body, but also in terms of social order: the poor asking for more food is an …


ACTORS AND ROLES IN W. M. THACKERAY’S “VANITY FAIR”

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

It is a known fact that W. M. Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair begins with an author’s preface entitled “Before the Curtain”, where the characters in the novel are already referred to as ‘puppets’, ‘dolls’ and ‘figures’, the stage being a ‘Fair’, all these being ‘looked at’ by the ‘Manager of the Performance’. The paper aims at identifying and analyzing the dramatic discourse in the novel, the roles, positions and functions of characters which are relevant to our analysis, so as to decide who pulls the strings of all these marionettes. Another purpose of the paper is to deal with this …