Author Archives: Caroline Lebel

Armstrong’s Argument and Unnecessary Hierarchies

Note: this blog post is longer than 250 words–skip to the second paragraph if desired! In “I [Love] Novels,” literature professor Satoko Kan states, “as a method, [cell-phone novel writing] leads to the empowerment of girls. But, in terms of content, … Continue reading

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Morgan Library: Charlotte’s letter to William S. Williams

Many of my favorite items from the exhibit were early works by Charlotte and her siblings, but I also found a framed letter addressed to William S. Williams, dated October 28, 1846, particularly compelling. It’s a little tough to read … Continue reading

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Sympathy versus Pity/Mercy for the Dead

I was really struck by I.I.13, the section in which Adam Smith discusses humankind’s complex process of sympathy for the dead. Smith describes the strangeness of our unwillingness to accept the lack of suffering in those already dead; we imagine them as … Continue reading

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Conflating the Personal and the Political: Mr. Thornton’s Opinion of Margaret

“She stood as a liar in his eyes. She was a liar. But she had not thought of penitence before God; nothing but chaos and night surrounded the one lurid fact that, in Mr. Thornton’s eyes, she was degraded.” (283) … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of London

Our first section of reading for North and South already presents us with 4 distinct settings: London, Helstone, Heston, and Milton. Just as Gaskell juxtaposed old and new Keighley in Volume I, Chapter I of Life of Charlotte Bronte, she … Continue reading

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“Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.” -E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

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