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SERIES: Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife Carnivalesque and Grotesque / ‘Angels’ and ‘Monsters’ – SALOME

‘Women were not only writing, they were conceiving fictional worlds in which patriarchal images and conventions were severely, radically revised’ (Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar) ‘SALOME’ Sexuality is most typically expressed through bodily activity that is linked to the lower … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby: ‘They’re such beautiful shirts’

A consideration of a few of the wider themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with specific attention paid to Daisy’s first entry into Gatsby’s house (Chapter Five) F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is ‘the true substance of … Continue reading

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Mapping Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl

Shelley Jackson’s hypertext, Patchwork Girl, begins with a series of, not so much headings, but hyperlinks: ‘a graveyard, a journal, a quilt, a story, & broken accents’.[1] To click on each hyperlink is to venture into a different zone of … Continue reading

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Apocalypse and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

Kermode’s ‘apocalyptic types’:- -Empire -Decadence and renovation -Progress and catastrophe Cloud Atlas –Empire – Ewing’s colonial themed nineteenth-century narrative. –Decadence – Frobisher’s richly indulgent narrative (pre WW-II). –Renovation – Lusia Rey’s period of industrial growth/change in 1970s America. –Progress – … Continue reading

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SERIES: Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife Carnivalesque and Grotesque / ‘Angels’ and ‘Monsters’ – PYGMALION’S BRIDE

‘Women were not only writing, they were conceiving fictional worlds in which patriarchal images and conventions were severely, radically revised’ (Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar)  ‘PYGMALION’S BRIDE’ Gilbert and Gubar argue that women must simultaneously kill the ‘aesthetic ideal through … Continue reading

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SERIES: Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife: Carnivalesque and Grotesque / ‘Angels’ and ‘Monsters’

‘Women were not only writing, they were conceiving fictional worlds in which patriarchal images and conventions were severely, radically revised’ (Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar)  INTRODUCTION Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar conceptualise the female figure, represented in literature as ‘angel’ … Continue reading

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‘The Pomegranates of Kandahar’, by Sarah Maguire

A short close reading of Sarah Maguire’s phenomenal and beautiful poem. ‘[S]mall shards of sweetness’.[1] Sarah Maguire’s ‘The Pomegranates of Kandahar’ is a long oxymoron that is wholly apparent in this single line. The ‘shards’, that which is broken, and … Continue reading

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Books I Read in 2013

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad Brick Lane, Monica Ali Crash, J. G. Ballard A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters, Julian Barnes Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament, S. G. Browne … Continue reading

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‘Oh Lord, we’ve got zombies.’

The exclamation made in the title of this piece belongs to HISHE’s (How It Should Have Ended) sketch of World War Z (2013), and it addresses quite nicely the sudden influx of the ‘zombie’ into popular culture; in film, books, … Continue reading

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‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’: Part Three

Part Three: Conquering the ‘Nightmare’/ Claiming the Crown To grow up, the girls must overcome the ‘nightmare’ represented by the tyrannical, false Queen: the instigator of chaos and/or violence. Sally Adair Rigsbee writes that ‘[b]elieving in the reality of the … Continue reading

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