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British Elitism and Imperialism in “She” and “Robinson Crusoe”

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Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” and H. Rider Haggard’s “She” are not simply comparable in their elaborate tales of adventure, but also in their underlying themes of English imperialism and racial superiority.   Published in… Continue reading

Christina Rossetti’s Outlook on Prostitution and Redemption in the Victorian Era

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Prostitution is typically not the first thought that arises when one thinks of Victorian England. It is indeed a period marked by substantial innovations including transportation, industrialism, and literature. Nevertheless, this era was… Continue reading

Triumph of the Serpent

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In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Christabel,” the conniving and sensual Geraldine is introduced as a foil to the innocent Christabel. Throughout the poem, Christabel’s kind consideration for Geraldine and her ignorance of Geraldine’s… Continue reading

Mary Prince: From a Female Perspective

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Published in 1831, when slavery was still heavily practiced in the West Indies, “The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave,” written by Prince herself, painted a never before seen picture of… Continue reading

Mary Wollstonecraft: The Struggles of a Revolutionary

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In the eighteenth century, a time of revolution and political reformation, many writers occupied themselves with producing political pamphlets and opinionated essays. Mary Wollstonecraft is no exception to this circle of revolutionary theorists,… Continue reading

The Use of Irony and Exaggeration in Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”

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Jonathan Swift is undoubtedly one, if not the most, prominent satirical writers of the eighteenth century. In his writings he presents a blatant social criticism mocking the political, social, and religious norms of… Continue reading

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