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Literariness. A linguist is a person who specialises in languages, literal is similar in meaning to actual, and languaness is a word I made up!
t. It focuses on form, structure and language.
Poem. As I discovered when trying to apply Formalism to a longer text, its use becomes limited because of complications such as the plot and characterization. A relatively short poem is ideal for the application of Formalism as it can be analyzed as a whole, and is more likely to contain interesting use of language than a novel.
Russia. The main branch of Formalism is Russian Formalism. Its orgins as a literary theory come from the Russian Revolution period as a response to the conventional study of literature.
|The somewhat saucily titled novel "The Way of All Flesh" was written as a reaction to Victorian values by which novelist?||A Lovely Quiz
Samuel Butler. Butler is less well-known today but "The Way of All Flesh" and "Erewhon" are two classic English novels that were highly regarded in their day. Butler was also a well regarded artist.
|Which Nobel Prize winning, South American novelist wrote the somewhat curiously titled 'Love in the Time of Cholera'? ||A Lovely Quiz
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Llhosa and Marquez have both won the Nobel Prize for Literature (Llhosa in 2010). Borges was famously not awarded the Prize and said to have been much upset by this.
|The screenplay of the classic movie "Love Story" was written by Erich Segal. It is based on which other famous work?||A Lovely Quiz
None, it's his own original story. Erich Segal was nominated for an Oscar for 'Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material not Previously Published'. On top of the film's success, the book went on to be a bestseller for him.
|H G Wells is best known as a science-fiction writer but he also wrote several gently romantic novels of middle-class life in England. "Kipps" and "The History of Mr Polly" were two; but which is the correct title of another? ||A Lovely Quiz
Love and Mr Lewisham. Wells' writings were enormously popular in the first half of the 20th century. His science fiction remains well regarded ("The War of the Worlds", "The Time Machine" and "The Invisible Man"); but at the time his non-fiction works on the threat of totalitarianism were at least as influential.
|"The love that dare not speak its name" was famously cited as a euphemism for homosexuality at the trial of which 19th century writer?||A Lovely Quiz
Wilde. While the quote is often associated with Oscar Wilde, it actually derives from the poem "Two Loves" by his intimate, Lord Alfred Douglas.
|Which 'lovely' Louis de Bernieres novel revolves around a romance between an Italian soldier and a girl on a Greek island?||A Lovely Quiz
Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The enormous popularity of this tear-jerker is evidenced by it being ranked 19th in the BBC audience poll of all-time favourite books.
|Which Shakespearean play's famous opening lines are: "If music be the food of love, play on"?||A Lovely Quiz
Twelfth Night. Less well known are the next two lines: "Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die."
|Which British publisher is famous for producing vast numbers of romantic potboilers?||A Lovely Quiz
Mills and Boon. Mills and Boon claim to be the world's largest publisher of romantic fiction, releasing 50 new titles per month according to their website.
|Which 'lovely' genre of novel is frequently claimed to be the most popular in terms of sales?||A Lovely Quiz
Romance. Market research by the Romance Writers of America claimed that nearly 75 million Americans read at least one romance novel in 2008, 95% of whom were women.
|Which 'lovely' title is one of the most famous works by the English novelist Nancy Mitford?||A Lovely Quiz
Love in a Cold Climate. The title derives from George Orwell's novel 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying'.