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Category Archives: "victorian literature
I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things that had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me. (The Island of Dr. Moreau, End of Chapter 15) I used to consider myself a very squeamish person. T… Continue reading
Caged in Desire, or How to Read an Unreliable Narrator: Anxiety, Projection, and Crushes in Henry James’s In the Cage
I’d like to open this post with some mood music: There we go. That sets the stage nicely. In other words, In the Cage is a stomach-turning read for any fantasy-prone person (re: most of us) who has ever had an unrequited crush. Let’s th… Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially post-Darwinian work of fiction than H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895). To say the least, the protagonist of the story is a believer in Darwinian theory. It is as if Wells had envisioned placing Darwin… Continue reading
“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
The problems of a perfect world seem to be a favorite subject with authors of science fiction, and even works styling themselves as utopian seem unable to resist veering toward the dark side of a peaceful society. Somehow or other, perfection in thes… Continue reading
“So the years pass, and repeat each other; so the same events revolve in the cycles of time. What will be the next adventures of the Moonstone? Who can tell?” Thus concludes Wilkie Collins’ novel, The Moonstone: A Romance. A detective novel told… Continue reading
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
There is a certain pleasure to be had in reading books like Kingsley’s The Water-Babies, if only because it is always funny to see so many blistering and well-aimed zingers in one place. You just have to admire the craft, especially when it’s done… Continue reading