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Cyborgs, Stagnation, and Queer Darwinism in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Sign of Four”

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation.” -Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four As Deann’s most recent blog post requested, last week’s class discussion engaged the question of sexual and homosocial dynamics in She and the Victorian liter… Continue reading

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Webs, Ethics, and the Darwinian Chains that Bind

Upon meeting Clara Talboys, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Robert Audley muses on the “essentially accidental” nature of happiness. Likening such chance to the irregular migration patterns of a bird, he chooses marriage as the central subject of this u… Continue reading

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