Bats Optional -What is Gothic Literature?

Brent and I have a new audio/podcast project called The FrankenPod. “A podcast stitched together from the corpses of mystery, noir and gothic literature and cinema” It’s very early days but we would love for you to give it a listen. If you have a film or book you love and it fits the criteria we’d…

How do women writers in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries use the essay form to interrogate the implications of progress for gender roles? By Morgan Mushroom 

Women in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century began to utilize the persuasive power of the essay in order to put forward their ideas about what values and rights women should have. Whilst many women were beginning to write and philosophize outside of the domestic sphere, the persuasive writing of women gained an audience when…

​The Language of Resistance

Power, Language and Protective Confinement in The Handmaid’s Tale and selected poems of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton Virginia Woolf argues that “in a hundred years…women will have ceased to be the  protected sex”, suggesting that women would have power in their own right by the twenty- first century. How do three texts we’ve studied…

A Drenched Rat Walks into a Library…

I know it’s early on a Friday but I think this may be the highlight of my day. It’s rainy, I’m soggy and I walk into the dry, warm comfort of the library to find a guy giving a poetry talk, he’s comparing Henry Lawson’s Australia bush to edgy urban landscapes. He has completely captivated…

​How do Sarah Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft represent marriage in Millenium Hall and Maria, and how might this representation relate to their broader political concerns?

Millenium Hall (Wollstonecraft, 2011) and Maria (Scott, 1767) are texts that show marriage as the ultimate or inevitable goal of the conventional lives of women at this time. The female character either “Marries happily or dies tragically” (Rabb, 8) in the typically accepted narratives of the 1700s, and both Scott and Wollstonecraft critique this narrow…

The Renaissance Religious Experience in Poetry

Examine portrayals of religious experience by three authors whose work you have studied in this unit: what do you see as their main similarities? The religious poetry of Renaissance England is at once both ferocious in its devotion and deeply conflicted. As a time of tremendous religious turmoil, the Renaissance period saw a great number…

Overview/Review – “To Save the Life of the Novel” Sadomasochism and Representation in “Wuthering Heights” – Robin DeRosa

“To Save the Life of the Novel” Sadomasochism and Representation in “Wuthering Heights” – Robin DeRosa The article “To Save the Life of the Novel” Sadomasochism and Representation in “Wuthering Heights”  by Robin DeRosa, is attempting to set up Wuthering Heights as a novel that engages in discourse about Sadomasochism and the fluctuating power balance…

Female Desire in Donne and Shakespeare

Failed due to lateness. Poo. It’s not a wonderous essay by any stretch, but I said I would publish everything I could from my uni course… So I present my take on female desire in Renaissance Poetry, such as it is…. warts and all…. How do Donne and Shakespeare differ in their representations of female…