THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS: The Legacy Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Leaves Behind in Martin Brest’s “Scent of a Woman”

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The future is unknown until we create it ourselves. In life we experience a surplus of situations that are out of our control. We do not get to choose which disease takes over… Continue reading

Profuse Masculinity

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I think we can all agree that relationships are hard. We would also probably agree that, within relationships, some habits are healthier than others. Lastly, I am willing to venture we can all… Continue reading

Defend or Die: The Women of Camelot

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“The Lady of Shalott” and “The Defense of Guenevere” are Victorian era poems of the Arthurian tradition that focus on female characters that are negatively affected because their desires cannot be met without… Continue reading

The Strange Silent Film of Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde

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Everyone knows the classic Gothic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson. However, those who do not dabble in the silent films of the early 1900’s will… Continue reading

Accusing Guenevere

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“The Defence of Guenevere” by William Morris is a poem detailing King Arthur’s wife’s defense against the accusation of adultery by Arthur’s nephew Gauwaine.  Gauwaine, or Gawain, as his name is spelled in… Continue reading

It’s a Goblin’s Goblin’s Goblin’s Market

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As so often seen in the Victorian Age, the idea of the world being a “man’s world” does not come as a surprise when thinking of Victorian literature. However, Christina Rossetti puts forth… Continue reading

American Horror Story’s Tate Langdon: everything Robert Browning dreamed of

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Whether you’ve been an avid watcher of American Horror Story from the beginning or just caught the last season, you know of the series’ (alleged) psychopath Tate Langdon. His shaggy blonde hair, his dark… Continue reading

Talk Murder to Me: True Crime and the Sublime

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Nothing reaches out and chokes the attention of a morbid mind quite like a murder. Gory? All of the details, please. Scandalous? There’s no good crime without a scandal. Unsolved? Even better. Who… Continue reading

Fascination With the Beast Within: Mr Hyde as Venom

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A man accidentally adopts a second personality that is simultaneously a part of him and a completely separate being…

A Byronic Hero Refresher

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George Gordon, Lord Byron wrote memorable and influential heroes in art and literature known as the Byronic hero. In Major British Writers published in 1954, Northrop Frye described the Byronic hero as “the… Continue reading

The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson and Deacon Brodie: Exploring the Inspiration for Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, is a true psychological thriller, and brilliantly encompasses the idea of Victorian era duality. However, upon delving deep into the inspiration for… Continue reading

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Popular Music

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I first discovered Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner during my senior year in my AP English class (shout out to Marla Dercher). Ever since, the poem kept finding its way back to… Continue reading

Exploring Jonathan Swift’s Motive and Attitude toward Women in “A Lady’s Dressing Room”

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The motive behind Jonathan Swift’s poem, “A Lady’s Dressing Room” has long been debated. Most interpretations, past and present, rely on the belief that Swift, himself, was a misogynist, and for good reason.… Continue reading

18th Century Rape Vs. 21st Century Rape: There is No Winner

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‘Rape’ has become a common word in everyday vernacular here in the 21st century. While this is upsetting and not a lighthearted subject to breach, it should’ve been a more spoken term before… Continue reading

The Critique of Moral Law in Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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In William Blake’s poetry collection Songs of Innocence and of Experience, he examines the ways in which people relate and interpret the world around them. He stresses two perspectives: innocence and experience. These perspectives are… Continue reading

Blake’s Criticism of the Establishment in Industrial England in “The Chimney Sweeper”

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William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience explores the relationship between experience and a lack thereof. This notion does not operate linearly– it’s fluid and malleable. For example, regardless of age, one could be innocent… Continue reading

Oroonoko: The Politics That Influenced The Royal Slave

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Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko is one of the more famous pieces to come from the restoration period, and its popularity comes from the main character’s nobleness as a slave. Although the work presents itself… Continue reading

The Power of Nature in Romanticism: “The Rime of the Mariner” and Frankenstein

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For centuries the story of Frankenstein’s monster has been a source of entertainment and fear for people all over the world. Mary Shelley’s iconic novel has inspired songs, art, and Halloween decorations since… Continue reading

The Sublimity of Artificial Intelligence in Netflix’s “Black Mirror”

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            Edmund Burke defined the Sublime as anything that terrifies and astonishes us, particularly whatever is vast, ambiguously defined, or extremely powerful. In his view, a subjects’ ability to strike fear in the… Continue reading

Fantomina: A Desire for a Liberated Life within a Confined One

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          Through the development of the setting, paradox, and parallelism within “Fantomina, Or, Love in a Maze,” Eliza Haywood is able to point up the underlying desire within all… Continue reading

William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper”: Utilizing Poetry to Expose Moral and Religious Tensions

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A series of diverse, politically-charged poems, William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience,” evoke numerous thoughts and convictions in his audience, primarily exploring how a state of mind can influence perception… Continue reading

New Creations: Frankenstein Adaptations in Dance

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Frankenstein is a novel by Mary Shelley which has entered nearly every sphere of modern art. The novel has inspired plays, movies, sculptures, TV shows, and paintings. While its most famous iterations are… Continue reading

The Meme Market

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This meme was created from Goblin Market, a story where a group of goblins offer a girl delicious fruits for a lock of her hair and one of her tears. After some time… Continue reading

Arthur Young on the French Revolution

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Arthur Young was originally a supporter of the French Revolution and advocated for similar changes in England. After he saw the horrific violence caused by the revolution he publicly changed his opinion on… Continue reading

Fantomina, the Master of Disguise

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This meme is based on Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze. A novella of a high-born woman, who conducts a social experiment on how a man interacts with different women. Fantomina creates four different… Continue reading

The Lady’s Dressing Room Meme

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This meme shows the drastic change in how Strephon feels about Celia after looking at everything in her dressing room. Before he saw what was in her dressing room, he loved and cared… Continue reading

Porphyria’s Lover Meme

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  This meme is based on Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover.” In the poem, Porphyria returns home during a storm and cozies up the house. She pulls her unnamed lover close and lies his head… Continue reading

Goblin Market Meme

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I created this meme because one of the main themes throughout Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti was dissatisfaction. Once a girl has tasted the fruit offered by the Goblins, they can no longer hear… Continue reading

Textual Analysis of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

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Christina Rossetti’s Victorian-era poem, “Goblin Market”, is mired in allegorical representations of biblical proportions. Specifically, allusions to Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis as well as Christ’s… Continue reading

Exhibitions of Power in ‘My Last Duchess’

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“That’s my last duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive” (Browning 1-2) The Duke of Ferrara is the singularly compelling character in Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” not only… Continue reading

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