writings & readings

“Fettered Among Our Hands:” Colonialism in Jane Eyre

“Jane Eyre” is often considered a feminist masterpiece, but it strategically deflects and ignores the oppression of the enslaved and oppressed women that Jane so often compares herself to.

THE SCIENCE OF THE FIRST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: WHY WE GET THE “MONSTER” SO WRONG

Why is the Creature of Mary Shelley’s novel so different than the one Monster of pop culture? The explanation lies outside the novel, in the hands of the illustrators, directors, and screenwriters who reanimated the novel again and again.

Elizabeth Siddal: Beyond Ophelia

Elizabeth Siddal is best known for modeling for a series of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. But, is there more to her than a ghostly legacy?

Queen of Hysterics

Marie “Blanche” Wittmann is a name you probably have not heard, although you may know her face.

“a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs”

donna tart, the secret history

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