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An Unmannerly Crocodile and a Victorian “Lady”


When Mary Kingsley escaped the “stay-at-home daughter” role she had performed the first thirty years of her life, she had no idea it would be crocodiles and savages that would raise her position… Continue reading

The Sacrificial Love of Women


            Christina Rossetti’s poem, Goblin Market, has been viewed as a children’s poem or an erotic adult fantasy, with the poem’s audience often determined less by Rossetti’s words and more by the illustrations… Continue reading

The Nameless Child


The monster in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, is often erroneously referred to as Frankenstein, and yet the creature is never given an actual name in the novel.  Frankenstein’s creation is given many… Continue reading

Innocence and Hypocrisy: Just Another Day at Church


Though William Blake was a religious man who believed he experienced visions throughout his life, he was not averse to critiquing the “social evils” he perceived within the church (Damrosch 171).  In two… Continue reading

A Terrible Bloody Memento


EBay auctions bricks from the razing of the Berlin Wall, posters for Japanese Internment Camps from World War II, and documents signed by Mussolini.  We might wonder what bids would be placed on… Continue reading



Frances (Fanny) Burney, at the tender age of fifteen, put pen to paper and began a lifelong habit of journaling, allowing modern readers transportation to the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century world.  In 1768,… Continue reading

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