Author Archives: Lauren Bontempo

Sheep in the Cultural Industry?

In “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception,” Adorno and Horkheimer (A&H) state that those who don’t conform to society’s conventions/beliefs, which are determined by an elite minority, will be ostracized and economically impotent, and viewed as inadequate (106). Are … Continue reading

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Can We Avoid a Drowned World?

Kolbert states in her lecture, “The Sixth Extinction,” that we humans are “somewhat confused creatures ourselves,” not knowing how to solve the contradiction of sustaining ourselves and destroying ourselves. However, in his lecture “Ocean Apocalypse,” Jackson says there is hope … Continue reading

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Dracula Discussion Question

After Van Helsing operates on the injured Renfield, and the men receive information about his experience with Dracula, Seward writes that they “all hurried” out of the room to see Mina, the footnote stating that they leave the “dying Renfield … Continue reading

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Dracula’s Earth-Boxes and Mina’s Authority

In Transylvania, Dracula tells Jonathan that “there is hardly a foot of soil… that has not been enriched by the blood of men, patriots, or invaders” (Stoker 27); thus, soil can be seen as a natural “commodity” that conceals the … Continue reading

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The Hunter and the Hunted

In the first several chapters of Stoker’s Dracula, the reader is introduced to Jonathan Harker, an Englishman who journeys to Transylvania on a business trip; he stays at Count Dracula’s castle. Immediately, the novel’s tone is unsettling, as strangers hearing … Continue reading

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Alice’s Growth in Wonderland

In Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the act of eating/drinking is generally associated with growing/shrinking. However, there is one instance in which Alice grows larger but the text does not indicate that she eats or drinks anything; this occurs during … Continue reading

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Winter’s Flowers

Concrete flowers bloom here Year round for all to see. They are a silent reminder of our fate And a tribute to those who have already blossomed. The ground is still soggy from yesterday’s rain But a gentle breeze hugs … Continue reading

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