Nonfiction · Writing

Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

Do you wanna hear about my favorite book on writing? Yay! If you’ve been around the blog a while, you know I’m an aspiring author. Always have been, due to my obsession with books. (I think readers can’t help but contemplate what they’d write themselves, and most of us give it a try.) Fiction writing…… Continue reading Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

History

Novels & Human Rights Part 8: Causal Links and Conclusion

In the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the different cultural changes taking place in the 1700s, Into this changing cultural milieu came Pamela, popular for all the reasons we’ve discussed before. It interacted with the surrounding culture, establishing necessary foundations for the recognition of human rights. Taking advantage of pre-existing movements toward individualism, Pamela…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 8: Causal Links and Conclusion

History

Novels & Human Rights Part 3: Realism

We’ve already talked a bit about Samuel Richardson and how Pamela was a new species of realistic novel. As I mentioned last week, Richardson purposefully designed his book to be realistic, and called his method “writing to the moment.” Using the epistolary style, writing in the form of letters, he could allow his character to…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 3: Realism

History

Novels & Human Rights Part 1: The First Novels

Have I mentioned that novels as a genre helped invent human rights as a legal concept…? Of course I have! I spent last fall researching one of the earliest English novels, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson. My senior thesis was all about how that novel built public empathy, and how that empathy led…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 1: The First Novels

History · Nonfiction

Resource Reviews: Pamela, Novels, and Human Rights

As you may be aware, I’ve just finished a research paper entitled “Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded: Novels and Human Rights.” It’s about how Pamela and other 18th-century novels laid a foundation for human rights legislation, via the mechanism of empathy. I’ll be posting content from that paper over the next few weeks/months, but first, here…… Continue reading Resource Reviews: Pamela, Novels, and Human Rights

History · Nonfiction

The First Draft Experience

As some of you may be aware, I’m currently working on the senior thesis for my history B.A. — a 20-page historical research paper. (They get longer the further up you go). My topic is the history of literature combined with the history of human rights — specifically, how the novel Pamela by Samuel Richardson influenced human…… Continue reading The First Draft Experience

History · Nonfiction

How to Choose a Research Topic

I started off wanting to do ancient Greece, and now I’m studying 1700s literature. Weird, right? Hopefully the steps I took to get there will be useful for any of you who want to know how to choose a research field, what to do with a history degree, or even just how to choose a…… Continue reading How to Choose a Research Topic

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

History Paper Abstract – Novels and Human Rights

I was going to post about My Story Can Beat Up Your Story again today, but with the unexpected appearance of Ms. Marvel #8 and various other things going on, I haven’t had time to get into it and have decided to postpone that until next week. One of the “various other things” was me trying to get this…… Continue reading History Paper Abstract – Novels and Human Rights

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History

The tentative topic for my senior paper is how the development of the novel as a form in the 1700s helped influence the development of empathy and human rights. Eh? Eh? Pretty rad, amirite? This is my list of sources to check out. They’re in order of how relevant they are, (that is to say:…… Continue reading Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History