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The Socialist Hero: The Chronotope of E.L. Voynich’s ‘The Gadfly’

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’”

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Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 6

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”

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The Chronotype of the Victorian Fabula in Jane Eyre

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”

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Aspects of Mimetic and Antimimetic Narratives in Stephen King’s IT

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”

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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”

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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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