Author Archives: Matthew Brehm

The Dangers of the Periphery

In the Victorian adventure novel, whether it takes place ‘abroad’ or at home in England, most writers show a danger to the core that originates in the periphery.  In The Moonstone, this danger reaches out and nearly rips an entire … Continue reading

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Money Matters

In both Middlemarch and Lady Audley’s Secret, the author presents a character whose only visible interest is money:  John Raffles and Luke Marks.  Both blackmail major characters (Bulstrode and Lady Audley) with secrets of past indiscretions, whether of selling stolen … Continue reading

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Mill on Progress

According to Mill, in Chapter 1 of On Liberty, liberty only divides men “in the stage of progress into which the more civilized portions of the species have now entered” (Mill, 5).  It is on the very notion of separating … 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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