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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread
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Re: A history of the humanities in the 20th century [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 04:29
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using Spoiler as Official Answer is not yet provided.

A small hyphen or Dash - is generally used to provide details about whatever is said before the Dash.

here the underlined part explains about the 4 -isms and what do they do in our life.

A - Incorrect for using improper active voice - "cathedrals which assorted" would mean cathedrals assorted the interpretations - which does not make sense.

C. Verb - "spreads" - does not fit here, as in the non-underlined part the verb used is "chronicled"

D. double and un-required use of "which"

E. Assorted Interpretations - plural would need "have spread" and not {has spread}.

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makes sense, in passive voice.

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread

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C. Verb - "spreads" - does not fit here, as in the non-underlined part the verb used is "chronicled"



Also, the noun is "interpretations" for which we should have plural "spread" and not singular "spreads"

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Re: A history of the humanities in the 20th century [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 17:32
A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. // incorrect placement of preposition from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. // correct
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.// Spreads is in correct.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. \\ Setence after hyphen should be IC.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread // we don't require present perfect here as this is author is making a general claim.
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Re: A history of the humanities in the 20th century [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2015, 09:02
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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread


Could anyone explain the meaning/structure of this sentence B in the whole context of the sentence?
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Re: A history of the humanities in the 20th century [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2015, 09:33
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Semantically, first thing to note here is that cathedrals in the context do not refer to brick and mortar buildings of huge churches but allude metaphorically to styles of knowledge and intelligence. These styles can be written down one by one starting from the earliest to the last (as per the list). And from these styles, various explanations emanated and perpetuated.

Syntactically, there is a main sentence which is a simple sentence, followed by a modifier that defines the various ‘isms’ and then there is an another appositive modifier that adds more to the ‘isms ‘.

Is this what has been sought? If I am off the mark, then please ignore the stuff.
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