Author Archives: May Teng

What’s in a Name?

Whether name shapes identity or vice versa, characters in Tess clearly define the identities of themselves and others through their names. Perhaps the most obvious example of this lies in Tess’ surname. While the name “Durbeyfield” would suggest Tess’ status … Continue reading

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Narrative Perspective in The Lifted Veil

Eliot’s choice of first person dissonant narrative stance for her novella The Lifted Veil was no coincidence. Her sole first-person fiction piece, “The Lifted Veil”’s unique narrative stance places an emphasis on the complex and tortured psychological world of its … Continue reading

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North and South in Household Words

The classic North and South, as we know it today, could have been a very different text had it not been created in serial form for Dickens’s Household Words. Gaskell herself acknowledges this in the epigraph and explains her case to the … Continue reading

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Jane’s Interpretation of Religion

Though it has already come up as a topic of discussion in this blog, religion serves as a central motif in the novel that brings up many complex ideas. I felt the need to further discuss its role in Jane Eyre and, in particular, her … Continue reading

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Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“At her tone, at once intimate and formal, a terrible sadness came over me, and when we looked at each other it seemed that the whole past was redefined and brought into focus by this moment, clear as glass, a … Continue reading

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