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 be culturally literate is to understand the history and concepts that underline a culture, and to be able to converse fluently in the allusions and informal content of that culture. Cultural literacy is not only an academic topic rather it is related with our daily lives. Let us see how cultural literacy is… Read More

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First Glance at Post-colonial Theoretical Tools

Use of post-colonial theoretical tools to explore how our socioeconomic class, psychological wounds, sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity and other cultural factors work in creating the ways in which we view ourselves and our world. I will try to explain how. Postcolonial theory tries to answer “how our relationship to ourselves and our world is formed by the interplay of all cultural factors- race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and so forth- by which we define ourselves to others (Tyson, 286).” It primarily deals with the three aspects of literature written about colonized and colonizing people. Firstly, it deals with the way colonizing culture distorts the reality of colonized… Read More

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It is the love by which we live!

Leo Tolstoy’s short story ‘What men live by’ emphasizes the significance of love in human life. Tolstoy creates a close circle of human life that begins and ends with love. The story depicts that it is the love by which human beings live their life. This story reminds Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’ story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, where human suffering have been portrayed through an old man. In Marquez’s story, an old man with wing, presumably an angel appears after a storm. The family in that story, assuming the man to be angelic, treats him badly; keep him in a chicken coop and exploiting him for their own greed and… Read More

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Dream Never Die

I feel quite nostalgic after listening his tale. Stories were quite similar to me but the intensity of his pain and passion was immense. “I want to be a human! Money does not matter” he has clear vision. Ten years back, I too had a dream. I had just completed my school level. My passion invited me in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.I had no one in Kathmandu except my desperate dreams. So he was. Last Saturday, one of my friends, Narendra Jung Peter, told me in telephone that he met a brilliant boy. “I expect help from you”, he told me. “What kind of help”, I asked. He replied… Read More

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Nostalgia after meeting Phoenix in “A Worn Path”

Response to “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty Eudora Welty’s short story “A Worn Path” describes a day’s journey of an old black woman named Phoenix Jackson who walks from her home to the city of Natchez to get medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix’s journey reminds me my own grandmother who used to walk for hours to meet us. I became nostalgic after reading the story. Numerous images of my loving grandmother dwell in my mind. Moreover, I found many similarities between Phoenix and my grandmother after reading the story. Like my grandmother, old Phoenix is a caring and loving who even puts her life in danger to get… Read More

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Márquez’s ‘Old Man’ as Christ

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (1955)” is very similar to the story of Jesus Christ. The people torture the old man like Christ was tortured. Christ’s life was characterized by suffering and the sufferings are both redemptive and an example to believers. However, the characters Marquez presents in this story are indifferent to the human suffering and pain. The villagers symbolize the people who rejected Christ and demanded that he be put to death. They tested Jesus often to prove that he was anything but the promised deliverer for which the Jews had waited so long. They burn his side thinking that he is… Read More

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Reflection on the story “The Parallel Lines”

The short story “The Parallel Lines” is a psychological portrayal of an educated and unmarried female. The story presents her uncertain and doubtful state of mind puzzled between personal dream and family or societal expectations. The story behind my story is simple. The story’s plot and idea is totally fictitious, however, the character portrayed is real. My uncle’s sister Sabita was unmarried till her mid 30s. Even though she was educated; was frustrated because of unemployment and family’s pressure for marriage. Later, she got married and I assume her conjugal life is happy. When I observe the time she faced before her marriage, it encouraged me write a story. When… Read More

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