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Book Bundles: The Exploitation of Africa

Welcome to the Modcast’s blog series, Book Bundles. This is where we recommend two or more books based around a topic or theme. So you’ve got options! You’ve seen the humanitarian organization’s ads begging for money, and you’ve seen the viral videos of missionary workers giving them tools and chocolate. Now get ready to confrontContinue reading “Book Bundles: The Exploitation of Africa”

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Class Struggle and Socialism in The Time Machine

by Ashley Lucio H.G. Wells, a well-known socialist with strong views on capitalism and class, claimed “the abolition of ‘inheritance and property other than an individual’s own work was the entire object of the new and enlightened order of Socialists.  Wells reiterated his faith in meritocratic versions of democratic socialism for decades,” (Collinge) through his novels, shortContinue reading “Class Struggle and Socialism in The Time Machine”

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Silent Storytellers: Mime Performance vs. Signed Literature

By S. Leigh Ann Cowan Contrary to some assumptions, mime and sign language are not the same. Perhaps what people are noticing is one major similarity between mime performances and signed languages such as American Sign Language (ASL): Both are visual methods of communicating ideas. That’s about all they have in common. The key difference?Continue reading “Silent Storytellers: Mime Performance vs. Signed Literature”

Clipart depicting two women. Left, a woman is bent double and struggling under a huge stack of books. Right, a woman stands on her tiptoes to add another book to the top of the stack.

Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 5

Welcome back to Hypocritisms, the series in which we list a few double standards we find in literature! If you’ve ever read a book, you might have noticed that sometimes there are some double standards.  All kinds. It’s not limited to gender roles or sexuality. Just like in real life, you see discrimination for aspectsContinue reading “Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 5”

Artificial Intelligence: The Modern Frankenstein’s Monster

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” –Frankenstein’s monster  As technology advances at an exponential rate, a pressing concern is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mary W. Shelley’s Frankenstein is an appropriate example. In the beginning, the tale is fraught with optimism, but once Victor Frankenstein brings his creation to life, his ideals are shattered: he has unintentionally created a monster. We can takeContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence: The Modern Frankenstein’s Monster”

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Rhetorical Grammar in Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Bluest Eye

By Amy Guajardo Through the rhetorical grammar lens, what differences and similarities can be found between the two novels The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston? The Bluest Eye, written in 1970, follows the life of a young African American girl named Pecola. Our main character’sContinue reading “Rhetorical Grammar in Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Bluest Eye”

Clipart depicting two women. Left, a woman is bent double and struggling under a huge stack of books. Right, a woman stands on her tiptoes to add another book to the top of the stack.

Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 4

Welcome back to Hypocritisms, the series in which we list a few double standards we find in literature! If you’ve ever read a book, you might have noticed that sometimes there are some double standards.  All kinds. It’s not limited to gender roles or sexuality. Just like in real life, you see discrimination for aspectsContinue reading “Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 4”

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