Themes, Works, Changing Perspectives

Your guide: Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.
I hope you enjoy these brief video introductions to great writers.
Filmography is by Dave Feiden (


Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)



Four Years Before Her Suicide:


On The Bell Jar:



Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)


Walt Whitman



Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928)
While many readers focus primarily on magical realism in all of Gabriel
Garcia Marquez's work, the short novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold,
provides an opportunity to examine the text through multiple critical vantage
points and perspectives. Each yields a particular insight, and reveals much
about the nature of the narrative, ideas about what it means to be human,
the nature of reality, and community / individual identities. This is brief
guide for readers who would like to employ the techniques to enrich
their understanding of the work, as well as of literature in general.



Ralph Waldo Emerson



Ralph Waldo Emerson & the Transcendentalists



Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American lyrical poet, and an
obsessively private writer -- only seven of her some 1800 poems
were published during her lifetime. Dickinson withdrew from social
contact at the age of 23 and devoted herself in secret into writing.



Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White



Shakespeare: Othello