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Isolation / Exile / Alienation / Marginalization in Literature - Theme

Some writers isolate themselves from society, as they write away in the upper room. This behavior can sometimes be construed as madness or strangeness... Along the same lines, writers have created some of the most remarkable marginalized character, those men and women who stand apart from society. Read more about it.
  1. Gulliver's Travels - Jon...

Crazy John and the Bishop
In "Home and Away," he writes, "Throughout Irish writing, a lonely outcast hungering for freedom revolts, usually unavailingly, against the censorious social order. The rebellious is almost always solitary — one reason perhaps why it is in the short story, rather than on the more communal, companionable terrain of the novel, that the struggle is so often staged" (243).

Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
Read "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by D.H. Lawrence.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Read "Mansfield Park," by Jane Austen.

Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
Read "Oedipus Rex," by Sophocles.

Poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Read the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a writer who was famously reclusive during the last years of her life, and was virtually unpublished until after her death.

Preface to "The Master of Ballantrae"
"Although an old, consistent exile, the editor of the following pages revisits now and again the city of which he exults to be a native; and there are few things more strange, more painful, or more salutary, than such revisitations."

The Hermitage - Sarah Orne Jewett
Read "The Hermitage," by Sarah Orne Jewett.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The Theme of Exile
"After a short historic introduction showing the permanence of the theme in French literature, a thematic-comparative approach will deal with the literary expression of Exile from the writings of authors such as: François Cavanna, Maryse Condé, Antoinine Maillet, Jean Métellus, Michel Tournier, Henri Troyat, Marguerite Yourcenar."

Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Read "Walden," by Henry David Thoreau.

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