Speaking of literary analysis of popular cultural texts, I finished book two of the year today. The Silver Chair by CS Lewis. (Ninety-eight to go, still seven books behind at the current rate—eek.) I probably haven't given it an abundance of thought, but it doesn't seem to me to be overly Christian as the whole series is said to be. I don't feel preached to. And I can usually tell if I am—in much the same way that I can tell I am being lured into buying things by advertising. Trusting, for a moment, the quick analytical scan of relevant peer-reviewed (by this I mean that people I know could Google it too) papers on the internet, including the highly reputable Wikipedia, Christian allegory or themes were not deliberate inclusions by the author. He just happened to convert as he was writing the books. In one of his last letters, apparently, he stated that this book could be seen to be Christian in that it continues the fight against the powers of Darkness. On that basis we can make every cowboy story, every war story, every crime story, every temptation story—something like Sandra Bullock's 28 Days for example—a Christian allegory. What I enjoyed most about studying literature and literary theory at Uni was that almost anything, within reason, can be seen to make a particular ideological point if you twist it hard enough to do so. I wish I could apply for my PhD by blog post. I think I would feel so much more at ease about it. Could one of you write it for me? Maximum a thousand words, use reference material and just tie a couple of unlikely texts together on an even more unlikely theory. I'll work it all out and it will change a million times before the thing is actually finished, but I just need to apply first. Something along the lines of: The Social Implications of Early Childhood Loss of a Father Figure in Dexter, Fight Club and Great Expectations; or; A Psychoanalytical Analysis of SadoMasochism in American Horrow Story, Sex and the City and Justine.
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