Author Archives: Emilie Marcinkowski

The Evolution of the Novel

After reading Teju Cole’s Hafiz, I was struck at how far we have come in our definition of a novel. During this class, we tracked the growth of the novel from its serial beginnings to the full-fledged, bound and printed … Continue reading

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Brontë Exhibit at the Morgan

The name of the Charlotte Brontë exhibit at the Morgan Library was “An Independent Will,” which I think succinctly sums up the life of Charlotte Brontë and her character Jane Eyre. CB marched to the beat of her own drum. … Continue reading

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What is the “Lifted Veil”?

The Lifted Veil is George Eliot’s novella about the role of sympathy in the setting of human society. Throughout the story, the reader learns of Latimer’s ability to both hear the thoughts of others and to see into the future, … Continue reading

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The Union: A Force of Good?

Throughout the novel, the reader is led to believe that the Union in Milton is a good thing, a force to fight the power of the “masters” and help out the “men.” However, in this section of the novel, the … Continue reading

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Role Reversal in North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is a novel of opposites. At first glance, there is the difference between London and Helstone, marrying for love versus marrying for duty, dreams versus realities, rural and agricultural versus city and technical, and most … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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