The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Most everyone who has read the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett advises not to start with The Color of Magic. Terry himself said this book was “written in protest” about a genre that he loved, but contained “too many dark lords, too much lack of thought”.  My fatal flaw is that I’m stubborn, soContinue reading “The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld”

Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella

Countless adaptations of Cinderella have graced the Russian stage, but the 1992 Maksimova-Vasiliev production provides an interesting structuralist approach. The departures the ballet makes from the Russian tale The Golden Slipper gives Cinderella more agency as a female character. In addition to changes in the basic plot, the characteristics of ballet as a form ofContinue reading “Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella”

A Gentleman’s Guide to Gothic Theatre

Dark humor is uniquely honed in Robert L. Freedman’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a Broadway musical whose satire drips as thick and as freely as the blood spilled by Monty Navarro, Ninth Earl of Highhurst. The musical numbers alongside the comedic, and quintessentially gothic, narrative structure of the plot develop the performanceContinue reading “A Gentleman’s Guide to Gothic Theatre”

The Role of Dreams and Magic in a Developing Christian Society

Known as an outlaw, Gisli Sursson’s societal position in the eyes of the law influence the role of magic in his saga. His given outlaw status shifts the type of magic he practices from prophetic to nightly torment from the dream women. In using the reoccurring dream women as a conduit, Gisli Sursson’s dreams shiftContinue reading “The Role of Dreams and Magic in a Developing Christian Society”

Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic

Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” operates under the genre of Southern Gothic. While traditional gory Gothic themes are understated in her work, Gothic elements such as architecture and the sublime remain ever present and pervasive. Set during a time after the Civil War, the role of consumerism and oldContinue reading “Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic”

Metatheatricality in “The Importance of Being Earnest”

The Importance of Metatheatricality The metatheatricality of The Importance of Being Earnest constantly establishes and tests the societal norms of Victorian England. Oscar Wilde’s hides societal satire beneath an aesthetic façade characterized by hilarity and romance. In this theatrical piece, Wilde’s witty and vivid characters push their assigned roles in a manner reminiscent of hisContinue reading “Metatheatricality in “The Importance of Being Earnest””

Rebellious Puskin

Rebellious Pushkin Pushkin’s novel “The Captain’s Daughter” effectively explores duality throughout his history of the Pugachev Rebellion. The duality present in the prose and character development also enable the reader to understand the duality present in society between the aristocracy and the peasantry. His decision to defy the censorship of the rebellion and go againstContinue reading “Rebellious Puskin”

The Devil Went Down to Motton

Introduction The Devil’s narrative in Stephen King’s story The Man in the Black Suit reveals a horror story different than the one told from Gary’s perspective. The intricacies of the evil mind reveal a horrible apathy and self-obsession lost in the boy’s point of view. Since the Devil is only physically present when Gary meetsContinue reading “The Devil Went Down to Motton”

Moxie: A Review

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu depicts the story of Vivian who seeks to amend the sexism in her high school through self-made magazines, called Moxie, reminiscent of the Rebel Grrrls. In her zines, she encourages girls to rebel against injustices, such as the dress code, by wearing bathrobes to class and so on. With the helpContinue reading “Moxie: A Review”