​6 Ways You Should Not Open Your Writing Portfolio

As a writer it can be difficult to effectively showcase your work to prospective employers, educational institutions or for any other multitude of reasons. There is the dilemma of choosing which pieces to include and whether to write new material for the purpose. But in the digital age it is so important to make a…

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…

UnAustralian Studies – Othered subjects and the media

​As always with writing about a culture that I did not grow up immersed in I may be misinformed about some of the cultural elements in this essay. I have aimed to research as best I could with the resources available to me with my looming deadlines. I am always open to corrections and notices…

Another fairy story

​Once upon a time in a land where beachside resorts and sunshine abound an angry little woman spent her time dipping creatures of the sea and roots of the earth in boiling hot oil. This little woman had a lot to say about people that were different to her. She did not trust people who…

Damning Eroticism in Psycho and Turn of the Screw

Eroticism and the politics of sexuality haunt the Gothic style. Analyse the narrative function of sexuality and the erotic in your chosen texts. Damning Eroticism in Psycho and Turn of the Screw Morgan Pinder When the gothic meets the erotic the audience finds themselves in uncomfortable grey areas that subvert sexual norms and create a…

Playing the Heroine and Distorting the Abbey – Northanger Abbey and Lady Audley’s Secret

Analyse the nature of parody (as exaggeration, imitation, or mockery, for example) as a narrative device in your chosen texts. Gothic texts have often utilised parody to critique cherished foundational archetypes, twisting noble patriarchs into benevolent tyrants, heroes into anti-heroes and supernatural aids into deceitful harbingers of destruction. These decadent and flawed tropes of gothic…

“They be nowt but air-blebs” – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

After the eerie subtlety of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw it has come as quite a shock to be confronted by the chilling, violence of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A bit of context for this reading: As a child nothing terrified me so much as vampires. The viewing of a 10 second snippet of Interview…

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The place, Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, has secured as one of the key psychological and gothic horror novels is certainly evident, even from a cursory reading. But let me first say one thing about Turn of the Screw; That shit is creepy as fuck Nothing much really, or at least concretely, happens of…