Author Archives: Margaret Viator

The mute, the ruthless, and the royal

Through their gaze, men in She drive the conversation surrounding Ayesha while She guides (or tortures) them with her sexual energy and beauty. Ayesha physically surrounds herself with males, who hold a discourse about her, and she surrounds herself with … Continue reading

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Mismatch or Perfect Pairing: Victorian Women and Cosmo Magazine

The concepts of the male gaze, perception, and the position of women as master are themes that have been constant throughout our discussion in this course. Today, we discussed the empowerment of women, specifically Lady Audley, within the confinements of … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Stork of Middlemarch

Rosamond was expecting a baby. Celia had recently had a baby. Very few children earn names or titles in Middlemarch. Therefore, adolescence continues to exist on the periphery of the novel. As Professor Hensley mentioned briefly in class on Monday, … Continue reading

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The Commanding Presence of Light

At the end of his section of narration, Ezra Jennings, one representative of the Other in the text, an outcast both physically and socially, declares, “I have seen a little sunshine- I have had a happy time” (430). In the … Continue reading

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