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The male (and female) gaze in She

In this section of She, the male gaze is extremely complicated when compared with its conventional function as described Laura Mulvey. For Mulvey, females serve as passive objects onto which males can project their ideals, and the females themselves have … Continue reading

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A Praise of Female Inferiority, or an Inspiration for Female Rule?

When H. Rider Haggard published She in 1887, Queen Victoria had ruled England for fifty years, and would go on to rule it for thirteen more, making her the longest reigning female monarch in the world and the longest reigning … Continue reading

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“Perfect Womanhood” from Rosamond to Hitchcock

After attending the Lackay lecture today, I couldn’t help but see the parallels between what Prof. Mulvey characterized as the “male gaze” in Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo” and the gaze of the narrator in Middlemarch. Prof. Mulvey specifically discussed the contrast … Continue reading

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Complex gender roles in the Garth family

Though I don’t know how vital these characters will be to the whole of the novel, I found the interactions and gender roles in the Garth family to be contradictory and intriguing. When we are introduced to Mrs. Garth, she … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Disney Movie

In “The Blessed Damozel,” Rossetti describes a woman in heaven watching her lover on the Earth below. He portrays the woman as “still” (16) and behind the “gold bar of heaven” (2). This description of a static and elevated female … Continue reading

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