Monthly Archives: January 2013

Trace the influence of “countries” on circumstances

In the Preface, Wilkie Collins writes that his goal with past novels was to “trace the influence of circumstances upon character;” however, his objective with the Moonstone was to do the reverse: “trace the influence of characters on circumstances.” Throughout … Continue reading

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Commentary on Collins’s Choice of Narrators in The Moonstone

One of the elements of The Moonstone that I have found myself most interested in is Collins’s choice of speakers. In the prologue, the story of John Herncastle’s acquisition of the moonstone in India is relayed through a letter written … Continue reading

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On the Topic of Edward Said’s Call to Attend to “the Margins…”?

Hi all, Behold, an example of how the margins of a novel might literally speak back: http://www.theonion.com/articles/copy-of-the-scarlet-letter-cant-believe-the-notes,31007/.  Excerpt: “A mass-market paperback edition of The Scarlet Letter confirmed Wednesday that it simply could not believe the misguided and often completely erroneous notes that local … Continue reading

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Communist Manifesto-Commentary

In section II of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx proposes the following as part of his program for communism: “1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. 8) Equal liability of all … Continue reading

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Parallel with Modern Society…

After reading the Communist Manifesto, I could not help but focus on the stark parallels between the Victorian Age and the modern era. One of the lines that struck me the most was in Section I. Bourgeois and Proletarians, where … Continue reading

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