Houyhnhnms, Humans, Dufflepuds, and Narnians: The Voyages of Jonathan Swift and C.S. Lewis

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Gulliver’s Travels has enjoyed a royal position among literature as the ultimate sea voyage novel for the past three centuries. Since its inception in 1726 by Irish author Jonathan Swift, the book itself… Continue reading

Crusoe’s Colonialism: The Subtext of Slave/Master Interactions

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  Given the publication date of Robinson Crusoe, it comes as no surprise that it is a largely racist work. Ethnic groups are frequently painted as barbaric savages by the narrator, for example.… Continue reading

Sort-of Based on a True Story: Robinson Crusoe

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  Daniel Dafoe based Robinson Crusoe’s survival on the genuine Alexander Selkirk and used the marooned privateer to add creditability and marketing to his novel. The story is almost entirely truth-based including Crusoe’s… Continue reading

A Christmas Carol: The Political Backstory

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Charles Dickens is a character much loved for his great contribution to English literature in the Victorian era. His thrilling stories, vivid characters and exhaustive depiction of contemporary life in the mid 1800s… Continue reading

Underlying Themes of Christianity in “Goblin Market”

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Beneath the rich language and suggestive imagery in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” exists a strong parallel to Christianity; more specifically─ the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Though the… Continue reading

Frankenstein in Space: Creation and Responsibility

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The story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has so permeated the literary and cultural world that its likeness can be found in multitudes of adaptations in every medium: literature, movies, and even television. Many… Continue reading

“Franken-Shelley” Autobiography?

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Everyone knows the classic tell of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; “In trying to create life, young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events… Continue reading

A Much-Less-Eloquent Case Study of Porphyria’s Lover

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Robert Browning gives us plenty to chew on by way of subtext in Porphyria’s Lover, even for such a short poem. Of course we appreciate the language itself: as pretty and intricate as… Continue reading

The Lady of Shalott: A Poem and A Painting

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The symbol captured by the figure of The Lady of Shalott within famous works of art help to embody her as an artwork itself: a living piece of life held captive by her… Continue reading

Mary Shelley: Mother of Science Fiction

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  Mary Shelley is often known through her relations.  Her mother was the renown feminist and social reformer Mary Wollstonecraft, her father was William Godwin the philosopher and novelist, and her husband was… Continue reading

Splice: Shelley’s Explorations Continued

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is potentially one of the most iconic pieces of literature ever written, at least in terms of the sheer number of adaptations it has seen across an array of mediums in… Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson was published in 1866, but it continues to invade our modern culture whether through adaptations of the whole story or… Continue reading

The Study of Anatomy within Frankenstein

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Through the novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, we learn that the process that Victor goes through to get the body of his creation is almost over looked, rather not explained. The point… Continue reading

The Creature in I, Frankenstein

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was adapted for the big screen for the first time in 1931. Since then, Shelley’s creature has appeared in over 50 films, according to the Internet Movie Database. Over the years, the… Continue reading

Adam: The Biomechanical Demonoid Reimagining of Frankenstein’s Monster in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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The Big Bad of season four of Joss Whedon’s supernatural series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the scientific government military institution of the Initiative and the horrible creation of its leader Dr. Walsh, Adam. The… Continue reading

From Page to Stage: the Transformation of Jekyll & Hyde from Novel to Musical

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is no exception to the phenomenon of myriad novels-turned-musicals that have captured audiences on Broadway and around the globe. With a… Continue reading

A Christmas Conversion

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  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a beloved Christmas classic, but underneath the simple moral messages of the novella, are deep and sometimes disturbing themes and agendas. It’s no doubt that the… Continue reading

Ghost of an Adaptation

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, the 2009 film starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, is a very loose adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The film follows well-known photographer and bachelor, Connor Mead,… Continue reading

The Legacy of Friedrich Engels in Modern Manhattan

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Friedrich Engels left a huge impression on his readers when his piece titled The Conditions of the Working Class in England in 1844 was published in Germany in 1845 and then translated into… Continue reading

Survey of Memes

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Jekyll in the Flesh: The Dual Mind in Victorian Englad

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Following the 1886 publication of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, author Robert Louis Stevenson maintained that the inspiration for what is now his most famous story was self-generated; the product of… Continue reading

Charles Dickens’ Messages to Ones With No Christmas Cheer

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic. It is story with special Christmas cheer with a little bit of horror mixed in. Several adaptations can be seen in media today, including… Continue reading

Flyin’ Solo; The Original and Intergalactic Byronic Heroes

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Byron’s hero is no small known creation in the world of literature, particularly in his work “Manfred”. This protagonist defines the Byronic hero as more or less the hero you hate to love,… Continue reading

Evolution of the Vampire Narrative

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While Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s narrative poem “Christabel” explores Christian themes in a gothic setting, there exists a foundation of both homosexual and vampiric elements within the work as well. We see these elements… Continue reading

Dickens’ Lasting Legacy through The Muppets

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  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is possibly the most overdone, overworked and reworked Christmas story to date. With film and TV adaptations spewing out almost ever other year many tend to… Continue reading

What is Necessary for a Jekyll and Hyde Adaptation?

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   When one inquires about Steven Moffat’s television drama Jekyll it would seem intuitive to believe that Moffat gained his inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and… Continue reading

Dickens the Dreamer

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Most people are familiar with the novel by Charles Dickens entitled A Christmas Carol. The novel is told and re-told in multiple variations throughout the Christmas season. Nothing, however, compares to the original… Continue reading

The Sensual and the Vulgar: 100 Years of Illustrated “Goblin Market”

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To know that people in the nineteenth century could actually read through the entirety of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market and believe that it was intended as a child’s fairy-tale is almost embarrassing. For… Continue reading

The Blair Frankenstein Project

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A Journalistic Film Review of The Frankenstein Theory By Jeffrey W. Hollingsworth We’ve seen ghosts, demons, serial killers and even superheroes constructed into the found footage film genre, but now, classic horror icons… Continue reading

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