Comparative Poetics in Chinese: Problems and Prospects

Xiaolu Wang and Yan Liu in their article “Comparative Poetics in Chinese”, point out two major problems in studying comparative literature. They are: the issue of translation of Western theories and the approaching foreign scholarship with narrow minded nationalism. The first problem related to the issue of translation is that not many Chinese scholars are able to read Western theories …

Doubt and Fear: Emotions versus Conditions

Fear is an emotion whereas doubt is a condition. Some kind of physical, social, cultural, political and psychological fear is very natural since human beings are “social animals” and their mind is shaped accordingly. In one hand, fear and doubt can be source of strength, on the other hand, they can be source of tragedy. However, if one can keenly …

How Human Relationship is Portrayed in Short Stories

Human relationship is the human’s capacity to make human contacts. Moreover, it’s about how we treat with people and how we connect our needs with relationships. The concept of love and its various dimensions are also come under human relationships. Love comes in many shapes and sizes. For example, a parent may be a child’s first love. After this family …

Scholasticism

Scholasticism is the dominant western Christian theological and philosophical school of the Middle Ages. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Scholasticism as “a philosophical movement dominant in western Christian civilization from the 9th until the 17th century and combining religious dogma with the mystical and intuitional tradition of patristic philosophy especially of St. Augustine and later with Aristotelianism.” According to Dictionary of …

Beauty of Brilliant Blunders

Brilliant Blunders! Sounds funny? Recently I read an article in Project Syndicate written about brilliant blunders. In this article (the one you are reading) I am going to recapitulate the article titled “Brilliant Blunders” by Mario Livio, who has also written a book on the same topic. The writer argues that mistakes are essential for scientific progress. Moreover, “discovering what does not work is …

Benefits of Cultural Literacy

In “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (1987)”, Hirsch (1928) introduced the concept of cultural literacy “referring to the ability to understand and participate fluently in a given culture.” Dictionary.com defines cultural literacy as “the knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one’s own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.” To …