Study Guide

Formalism Analysis

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne's novel Tristram Shandy tells the story of a guy called—you guessed...

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka had quite a wild imagination. And a lot of distrust of early twentieth-century...

"Portrait in Georgia" by Jean Toomer

Let's take another stab at "defamiliarization." This time let's take a gander at a poem called...

"Bat's Ultrasound" by Les Murray

Les Murray is an Australian poet who grew up dirt-poor on a farm pretty much in the middle of...

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Shakespeare's Hamlet is one of the most famous plays in the history of literature. We all...