Tag Archive: H. Rider Haggard

Imperialist Adventure

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She is an amazing piece of adventure literature with a dark side to it. The darkness comes not from the mysterious land through which the adventurers travel, nor from the calamity of natural… Continue reading

H. Rider Haggard, Author of She

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H. Rider Haggard became one of the most popular fiction novelists of his time. At the peak of his career, he was writing two to three novels a year. Despite his late start,… Continue reading

She: A History of Adventure

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She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard is a story of, clearly, adventure and travel. The story’s main characters, Horace Holly and Leo Vincey, travel to eastern Africa following the instructions… Continue reading

Her Majesties the Queens

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The Queen of the Amahagger may have expired in the temple of truth, but her significance as archetype of the undying evil empress lived on.  From Haggard’s plain of Kôr to C. S.… Continue reading

The White Queen’s Burden

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H. Rider Haggard seemed quite fond of his immortal sorceress Ayesha, the titular antagonist of She, and featured her in three sequels to the 1887 novel. But Haggard does not simply explore and exploit the… Continue reading

Vanity of Vanities!

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What’s the meaning of life? What are the ends of my actions, of my thoughts? What will be my legacy? Questions are everywhere and the great search is for the answers. The great… Continue reading

Ayesha v.s. the Imperialist Romance

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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

She Who Must Imperialize

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“In the end she would assume absolute rule over the British dominions, and probably over the whole earth, and, though I was sure that she would speedily make ours the most glorious and… Continue reading

The Story in Frame

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Fiction in the grand scheme is accepted as false, and yet readers allow themselves to be fooled, for a time, getting caught up in the story. There are many devises that can enhance… Continue reading

Haggard’s Ayesha and Tolkien’s Galadreil

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In H. Rider Haggard’s She, we first meet with a cruel and ruthless queen bent on ruling the world through fear and dominance.  When we are introduced to She-who-must-be-obeyed, this queen is the… Continue reading

Haggard’s She and Audience

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At the time of Rider Haggard’s publishing of She, Western Europe had already become transfixed with the still largely unexplored African continent. Colonization was rampant, but Africa was a thing to be coveted,… Continue reading

A Brief History of Eastern African Empire in Relation to Haggard’s She

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In She by H. Rider Haggard, the characters Holly, Leo, Job, and Mahomed find themselves becalmed on their whaling boat. As the boat nears the shore, Holly notices a colossal rock that he… Continue reading

The Impact of Life on a Work

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Writers are a funny bunch of people. They’re world creators, taking bits and pieces from many places, and combining them in completely new ways. But the biggest things authors utilize are their own… Continue reading

Pale Queen of a Dark Continent

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In order to make one’s fantasy kingdom believable, it helps if it is located in an unexplored part of the globe.  The romantic mystery of the distant unknown land of Kôr with its… Continue reading

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