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Progress or the Past in the Periphery?

We have discussed the notion of progress abundantly throughout the semester and whether the plots of the novels seem to be moving forward or in what ways they seem to be referencing the past.  After finishing She, I reread the … Continue reading

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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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Globalization Early in the Novel

As a novel written in the time of globalization and a time period of mixing cultures as the world begins to become “smaller.” The group’s travels serve as a symbol of European countries that are too branching out to uncharted … 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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Extraction and Sacrifice

After attending Naomi Klein and Chris Hedges’ talks during the Lannan Symposium, I was struck by the ideas of extraction and sacrifice. Ms. Klein described her talk as being a story of extraction because our culture has developed into one … Continue reading

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