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Necrophiliacs, Foot Fetishes, and the Fall of Civilizations in H. Rider Haggard’s She

“People are lonely and only animals with fancy shoes.” -Jack Johnson, “The Horizon Has Been Defeated”  Many of the chapters in H. Rider Haggard’s She are strange, but the chapter entitled “The Little Foot” must be the most peculiar. The … Continue reading

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Webs, Networks, and the Mark of Modernity

The spider’s web, though merely a collection of fine, gossamer threads, clings to human skin with remarkable persistence. Any arachnophobic who has unwittingly stumbled into an unseen web knows the composure and bravura necessary to rid oneself of th… Continue reading

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