by Ryan Cooper The Gadfly, a novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich published in 1897 marked the birth of the paramount socialist hero for the coming century. Not only would the novel go on to be one of the most popular novels in the Soviet Union, selling over two and a half million copies; it wouldContinue reading “The Socialist Hero: The Chronotope of E.L. Voynich’s ‘The Gadfly’”
Without including spoilers or giving too much away, I’m going to be honest. I did not find that The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell really ticked the boxes of elements of a great book, if you understand my meaning. If you check out the Goodreads reviews, you’ll find that someContinue reading “Leigh Ann’s Recs No. 11 – The Year of the Beasts”
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! I think the title really says it all: We can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been. If you’re interested in origins, check these out:Continue reading “Book Bundles: Where We Were and How We Got Here”
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. 6”
by Ghadah Alfualyj This blog post explores how Charlotte Brontë crafts a feminist chronotope within Jane Eyre, from within the Victorian fabula of the hero’s journey, from Gateshead to Thornfield. With a thorough analysis of Jane Eyre, it appears to me that Brontë’s narrative is deeply focused on the chronotope, what Bahktin calls space-time, inContinue reading “The Chronotype of the Victorian Fabula in Jane Eyre”
Something’s got to change, and it starts with learning how to break this historical cycle of the other slavery.
by Sarah Uhlig As the fabula of Stephen King’s IT develops, The Loser’s Club gains an understanding of how their world was created and the true setting they live in. Within IT, King introduces two alien creatures, The Turtle and Pennywise, both of whom are essential in the revelation of worldly knowledge and understanding. WhileContinue reading “Aspects of Mimetic and Antimimetic Narratives in Stephen King’s IT”
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”
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”
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”
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”
by Victoria Valle Imagine that you are on a train—a subway. What does it look like? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? This is a space you and other commuters occupy only briefly, one backdrop of many in a daily routine. You likely enter this space early in the morning andContinue reading “Background Not Backdrop: The Importance of Time-Space in Fiction”
When it comes to representation in literature, deafness is very rare. So I decided to go on a quest to find as many fiction books as possible portraying deaf characters, and rank these representations from best to worst. Note: This post will be updated as I read more books with deaf characters. This means theContinue reading “Ranked: Deaf Characters in Fiction (UPDATED)”
“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”
When it comes to reading (or writing!) historical fictions, historical accuracy is a must!
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