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The Wild

I worry, at times, that Rapunzel exchanged one ivory tower for another; one with bigger windows and more staircases, but a tower nonetheless. I wonder, sometimes, how unhappy she really was, cast out into the wilderness, sheared and alone for … Continue reading

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Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 3 of 3)

From the start, the differences between the Lacanian interpretation of the Oedipal Triangle and the one presented by Doyle become evident. Women are placed first in the position of the males in the triangle, not always possessing sight but always possessing … Continue reading

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Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 2 of 3)

Lacan presents a theory that, while engaging, relies on a relatively narrow-minded definition of feminine characteristics versus masculine characteristics. For Lacan, the feminine is a shadowy, deceptive form, both indefinable and irresistible. However, it is still a position of vulnerability, … Continue reading

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“A wife’s like a guinea in gold”: The Commodification of Women in “The Beggar’s Opera”

In The Beggar’s Opera, we find the inversions of many societal norms for comedic effect. As is true of all satires, these purposeful reversals of positions and definitions, while at one moment the cause for hilarity, also serve to expose … Continue reading

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“The Second Greatest Force in the Universe” – Ownership of Property and Personhood in the 19th Century (Part 2 of 3)

It is clear through various scenes and instances within the novels The Awakening and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl that both Edna and Linda are aware that it is through property that people experience selfhood. The best … Continue reading

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“The Second Greatest Force in the Universe” – Ownership of Property and Personhood in the 19th Century (Part 1 of 3)

Walter Lippmann, the famous American reporter who was among the first people to introduce the concept of the Cold War, once said that “Private property was the original source of freedom.  It still is its main bulwark”. From the earliest … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 6.2 of 7)

VI. Phyllis, Ellery, and Landon: The Transgression/Failure of the Fembot However, in Landon’s reading of Adventures of the Artificial Woman, the critic believes the subversion comes not from Phyllis’ status as a machine performing femininity, or even as a machine … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 6.1 of 7)

VI. Phyllis, Ellery, and Landon: The Transgression/Failure of the Fembot This trope of newly created ‘intelligent’ machines exposing human failings is exercised quite starkly in a novel written by the prolific science fiction author Thomas Berger, titled Adventures of the … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 5.1 of 7)

V. Fembot Fatale: Gender and Consciousness Performance in Battlestar Galactica   The ultimate melding of the Femme Fatale figure with the figure of the Fembot can be found in the modern remake of the 1970’s television series, Battlestar Galactica in … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.1 of 7)

IV. Imperfect Perfection: The Fembot, the Femme Fatale, & the Male Psyche The Fembot was not the first figure in media to tap into this desire to control and craft the uncontrollable. Whether it’s been building time machines or building people, … Continue reading

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