Tag Archive: She

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

Everyone Else Is Just Reanimated Snake-Mummies: H. Rider Haggard’s Antipodes

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In our discussion of She, much has been said about the dualities in the novel (life/death, mind/body, beauty/ugliness, and the the list goes on. And on.), but it seems to me that not… 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 Veil of Permanence Removed

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The veil has often been one of my favorite symbols. In modern times, it’s most often used in traditional wedding ceremonies to symbolize the bride’s virginity, innocence, modesty, and the protection of her… Continue reading

Haggard’s Adventures in South Africa

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An author’s works are always made more stimulating and enjoyable if the author is able to draw from personal experiences to bring characters and stories to life. H. Rider Haggard does this with… 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

Shelley’s Monster vs. Haggard’s Monster

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Henry Rider Haggard’s She is the story about a man and his adopted son and their sojourn to a far away place inhabited by a tribe and their goddess-like ruler that shows her… 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

The Victorian Woman vs. She

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The Victorian era brought forth new ideas of thinking, through literature and art, people were exploring to places they had never before seen, and the industrial revolution caused the idea of social reform… 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

The Line

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I had a discussion with a friend that spurred this. The word literally has evolved to the point where its secondary meaning also incorporates hyperbole. My friend was upset. He critiqued that words… 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

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

British Elitism and Imperialism in “She” and “Robinson Crusoe”

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Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” and H. Rider Haggard’s “She” are not simply comparable in their elaborate tales of adventure, but also in their underlying themes of English imperialism and racial superiority.   Published in… Continue reading

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