Author Archives: Kayla Corcoran

The “Aura” of Ayesha

I’ve just finished reading Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” which Benjamin wrote in 1936—almost fifty years after Haggard wrote She. I am wary of the dangers of applying post-dated theory to a piece … Continue reading

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Animated Communist Manifesto

In keeping with Bernadette’s theme of weekend procrastination, check out this typographical animation of The Communist Manifesto on YouTube. The video is not a perfect or complete version by any means (i.e. lots of spelling mistakes), but it’s an cool take … Continue reading

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The Gossamer Webs of Perception

“Seated with his back towards her on a sofa which stood against the wall on a line with the door by which she had entered, she saw Will Ladislaw; close by him and turned towards him with a flushed tearfulness … Continue reading

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Uncovered Poems by Kipling

George Orwell once described Rudyard Kipling as a “jingo imperalist,” and indeed, Kipling and his work have often been in the shadow of his politics. Recently, scholar Thomas Pinney discovered fifty unknown poems by Kipling as he was rummaging through … 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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