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Ayesha v.s. the Imperialist Romance


While it is important to note Ayesha’s role in defying the typical Victorian gender structure of what a woman should or ought to be, I was more interested in seeing the way that… Continue reading

The Loss of the Frame Narrative of Frankenstein in Film


One of the central features of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is the frame structure that encapsulates the entire tale. It is a particularly complex device, and features the narrations from several different viewpoints… Continue reading

Gothic Literature Context and Distinctions


The term “Gothic” normally conjures popular, oftentimes cliché images in one’s mind, namely: the supernatural, darkness, castles, love, or mystery. However, recent scholarship has begun to separate Gothic literature into two distinct, gender-based… Continue reading

Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? The Story of Mary Prince


Standing on the shoulders of the famous ex-slave Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, a Bermuda-born slave who lived from 1788 until 1833, was a woman of many firsts (Simkin). Prince was the first woman… Continue reading

Three Cheers for the Militia: The Peterloo Massacre of 1819


In the summer of 1819, England was still reeling from the last of the Napoleonic Wars four years prior, and was faced with increasingly disparaging conditions for its people, especially the poor working… Continue reading

The Importance of Human Interaction in Robinson Crusoe


If you were stranded on a deserted island, and were only allowed to bring one thing, what would it be? For most, the answer would be cliché, albeit necessary – food, water, shelter,… Continue reading

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