The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Implicit Homosexuality in Robert Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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The Victorian Period in England was marked chiefly by silence. Spending a day in the foggy streets of London, a modern reader might think that no vice existed in the period, no animal… Continue reading

We Need To Talk: Prostitution in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s “Jenny” and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye

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A Comparison of The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger and “Jenny” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Frozen Meets Goblin Market

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Disney’s Frozen took audiences by storm when it hit theaters in 2013. With a quirky snowman, charming love interests, majestic powers, and singing trolls, Disney defied all odds and ventured away from the… Continue reading

I WISH THAT I COULD BE LIKE THE COOL KIDS: HOW THE AGE OF INNOCENCE HAS ALTERED

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Throughout William Blake’s, Songs of Innocence and Experience, he goes to great lengths on both accounts, of showing the true differences between a life of innocence, and how this is altered once experience has come… Continue reading

Gothic and Romanticism: An Analysis of The Supernatural and Sublime In Mary Robinson’s, “The Haunted Beach”

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Seeped in Gothic themes and influences, the murder of a shipwrecked sailor divulges with details in Mary Robinson’s, “The Haunted Beach”. However, explanations surrounding the characters are scarce; the reasoning as to why… Continue reading

Birds aren’t just IFO’s (Identified Flying Objects)

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Originally posted on Documents From Sunny Duncan:
In John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, and Percy Shelley’s To A Sky-Lark, both authors use the subject of their poem, a type of bird, to…

CONTINUED CHANGE: SPOTLIGHT ON THE LATE/EARLY 1800 WOMAN

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Mary Wollstonecraft: Context Category Can one voice challenge the thoughts of a crowd and bring hope for change? For one thing, women have been wishing  for rights way past the creation of Wollstonecraft’s… Continue reading

Get Back To Our Roots: Romanticizing Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Film

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It is often said that the romantic movement never truly ended. In his book The Long and Winding Road from Blake to the Beatles, Matthew Schneider argues that it “is still the prevailing cultural paradigm in… Continue reading

The X-Files “Does” Frankenstein

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The science fiction/crime procedural The X-Files (1993-2002) established itself as not only a popular culture phenomenon but as a staple of “quality television” – series that are fundamentally “high” culture and intelligent. The show boasts three… Continue reading

How Would Radical Thinker and Poet William Blake Think of Walt Disney’s Timeless Classic Mary Poppins? : Has the Image of the Chimney Sweep Changed?

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“Song of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul” is considered to be one of William Blake’s most popular works. Written in two parts, “Innocence and Experience… Continue reading

The History of Mary Prince, a tremendous step towards Freedom

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“White people who keep slaves think that black people are like cattle, without natural affection. But my heart tells me it is far otherwise.” It is by her emotional standpoints that Mary Prince… Continue reading

The Scarlet Albatross: The Ancient Mariner’s Own Cross To Bear

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What goes around truly does come back around, and karma tends to come back to us with a vengeance. The world has a mysterious way of making sure people’s wrong-doings are brought to… Continue reading

My Own Private Eden: Blake and Von Trier’s Efforts at a Personal Fall

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William Blake and Lars Von Trier are two artists who’ve made some strong efforts to reshape theological structures to more accurately explain human tendencies than the original stories did. In Songs of Innocence… Continue reading

Slavery: More Than Forced Labor

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Enslavement in Visions of the Daughters of Albion is depicted in William Blake’s progressive text. Oothoon, the female protagonist, is bound by society’s standpoint on purity. She is further bound when raped by… Continue reading

The Sublime and the Beautiful in Marvel’s Daredevil [Spoilers]

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Originally posted on joshpankeyblog:
In the spring, Marvel Studios collaborated with Netflix to create the series Daredevil, based upon the long-running Marvel comic series of the same name. The comics and the series follow…

“The Still, Sad Music of Humanity”: The French Revolution’s Influence on Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

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William Wordsworth’s Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798, usually abbreviated “Tintern Abbey,” was written close to the end… Continue reading

The Idealization of Childhood in Wordsworth’s “Ode” and Moonrise Kingdom

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Many film goers can think of their favorite quotes from a movie. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is rife with them. “That’s not a safe altitude (Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson, 2012)..” “I’m going to find a tree to… Continue reading

Fantomina: Or, The Aphrodisiac of a Burlesque Character

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Originally posted on dragonsbreathetoo:
Blame holds little meaning in the eyes of those too vain to admit fault. The writing of pretentious puppeteers seem to reflect on the fictitious characters they claim are…

The Acci-Mental Tourist: Plato, Landscape, and Memory in “Tintern Abbey”

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In the Meno, Plato sets forth his principle of anamnesis (Gk. recollection, remembering) as support for argument that the soul possesses all of the eternal knowledge of the universe. Existing free of the… Continue reading

Gulliver’s Utopian Travels

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is a classic by any means of measurement. It has influenced every medium of storytelling to one degree or another practically since its initial publication. I grew up with… Continue reading

The Sexual Double Standard in the 18th Century Continues Today

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Men can’t be sluts. Sure, someone will occasionally call a guy a “dog,” but men simply aren’t judged like woman are when it comes to sexuality. -Jessica Valenti “If you have a vagina,… Continue reading

Some Reflections Upon “Happily Ever After”

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Disney’s line of princess-themed films have come a long way in terms of the portrayal of their leading female characters. Early films like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty feature damsels in distress who simply… Continue reading

Brutality in Satire: The Similarities of A Modest Proposal and American Psycho

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One of the biggest risks a satirist can face is his or her readers entirely missing the point of the work. Two clear instances of this have taken place decades apart from one another,… Continue reading

Alexander Pope’s Condescending Mock-Epic Towards Women’s Vanity

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Gender roles in society have always put women in vain. Whether, in literature or in actual events, sexism has always been a great topic for confrontation. Alexander Pope wrote The Rape of the… Continue reading

The Ignorance involved in Praising Aesthetics- As seen in Jonathan Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room”

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“John, you should go and play with Sally. She is pretty cute.” “Why don’t you like her? I think she is adorable.” “Sally is pretty hot man, I’d hang out with her.” “Who… Continue reading

“FOOLS ARE MY THEME, LET SATIRE BE MY SONG”

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“I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.” Stephen Colbert Johnathan Swift couldn’t have said… Continue reading

A Slave Only in Name: The Portrayal of Slavery in Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko”

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It’s been well over a century and a half since slavery was abolished, but there are still ongoing controversies over how to portray it. Films such as Birth of A Nation and Gone… Continue reading

Full Disclosure: Magnification in Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room”

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A close reading of Jonathan Swift’s famously obscene poem “The Lady’s Dressing Room” offers several targets for the author’s satire. The focus on Celia’s vanity and deceit, compared with the forgivability of Strephon’s crimes… Continue reading

Comparing Houyhnhnms & Vulcans: How Swift’s Critique of Society is Still Used Today

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Gulliver’s Travels, anonymously published by Jonathan Swift in 1726, satirizes the travel narrative, an immensely popular genre at this time due to the vast number of explorers who published their own adventures and experiences in… Continue reading

Without Education–There is no “Happily Ever After”

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Mary Astell is a firm believer that women’s rights are just as important as a man’s. In her essay Some Reflections Upon Marriage, she argues these positions. Mary Astell grew up in Newcastle… Continue reading