Monthly Archives: February 2013

Can You Run William Morris’s Business?

Hi all, In reference to the stunning multimedia objects at the Pre-Raphaelite exhibit — tiles, chairs, cabinets, windows, wallpaper– check out this game.  It puts you in charge of running William Morris’s Pre-Raphaelite art and design firm: your task is … Continue reading

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Porphyria’s Lover on Liberty

Porphyria’s Lover, by Robert Browning exemplifies a flaw in John Stuart Mill’s argument on liberty. In the poem, an obviously mentally unstable man strangles his lover and lays with her corpse. The poem was originally published with another monologue under … Continue reading

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The Treatment of Women, as told by Mill and Browning

Something that struck me from the readings was the generally progressive view of women, particularly in Robert Browning’s “My last Duchess,” as well as in John Stewart Mill’s “On Liberty.” At a time when women were still thought of as … Continue reading

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Painting “the souls of men”: Distinctions of Voice in Browning’s “Fra Lippo Lippi”

Often when we discuss poetry (or literature, generally), we make a distinction between the poet and the speaker. The speaker, who is the voice of the poem, does not always align directly with the voice of the poet for various … Continue reading

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A champion of Victorian social change

I was inspired by John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. At first I was surprised to find Nimrah’s post about this text as not necessary being as positive as we may first believe. While I do understand her concerns that John … Continue reading

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