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Everyone Else Is Just Reanimated Snake-Mummies: H. Rider Haggard’s Antipodes


In our discussion of She, much has been said about the dualities in the novel (life/death, mind/body, beauty/ugliness, and the the list goes on. And on.), but it seems to me that not… Continue reading

Mary Kingsley and Femal Agency


After the deaths of her parents in 1892, Mary Kingsley, who by this time was already thirty and, by British standards at the time, an old maid, could not have possibly imagined all… Continue reading

Industry as the New Religion in Dickens’ Hard Times


In Charles Dickens’ 1854 novel, Hard Times, we get a vision of a city and its people that have become devoted to industry and profit, to the benefit of few and the detriment… Continue reading

Victor Frankenstein’s Unhallowed Arts


Mary Shelley’s novel shares many similarities with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” including the possible reading of her work being an allegory for the consequences of tampering with… Continue reading

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: A Modern Reading


     Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a seven part epic poem which was published in a collaboration with William Wordsworth entitled Lyrical Ballads. The work has many… Continue reading

Wollstonecraft, Revolution, and Human Casualty


In November of 1790, political writer Edmund Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France, lamenting the overturning of the French monarchy, sympathizing with the king and queen and speculating on the negative… Continue reading

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