Author Archives: Johan Clarke

Who Gets a Name?

This novella begins with little introduction as the narrator throws the reader immediately into the story. The first line is, “The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us” … Continue reading

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Jekyll and Hyde Are Not Two Different Characters

Many analyses of Jekyll and Hyde discuss the duality of human character and the obsession with the primitive, evil man inside us all, begging to be let out, but many critics do not discuss how incredibly disturbing the transition actually is. … Continue reading

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British Obsession with the Oriental Past

One idea from Edward Said’s interview really made me think back to John Stuart Mill and his theory of progress and liberty. Said says that the oriental image that Western Europe made “doesn’t develop, it stays the same…an image outside … Continue reading

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Ode to Ireland

For the poem assignment, I decided to try something like Michael Field’s poetry. I was intrigued that these poems were written as sort of love notes to each other and that they would edit it together both as a way … Continue reading

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Death as a Response to Love

The poem “Satia Te Sanguine” sounds like it might be the poem based on the first line, but the fact that the title is latin for “Satisfy Your Blood”, the poem also sounds quite morbid. This title could be romantic, … Continue reading

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Emily Bronte and Her Escapist Literature

While reading Charlotte Brontë’s description of her sister, Emily, in her introduction to Emily’s poetry, her characterization struck me as resembling characters in Wuthering Heights. Charlotte describes Emily’s lifestyle, “Liberty was the breath of Emily’s nostrils; without it, she perished. The … Continue reading

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Cathy’s Pregnancy: An Unmentioned Affair

This is my third time reading Wuthering Heights and there is one part of the plot that I have never understood until this year, after having read Foucault. The second chapter of Volume II begins with, “About twelve o’clock, that night, … Continue reading

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Heathcliff as an Agent for Minor Literature

When Heathcliff first enters Wuthering Heights as a child, the rest of the house does not take too kindly to him. Nelly’s description of this first interaction describes Heathcliff, “its face looked older than Catherine’s – yet, when it was … Continue reading

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An Extreme Interpretation of Mill in Cranford

While reading Mill, I was struck by his stance on trade and the government’s involvement in it. His laissez-faire ideas on the economy at first seem rather against the Victorian ideology of strict codes of conduct. His ideas on free … Continue reading

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Alice’s Obsession with Rules

While reading the second half of this novel, there was one line that really stuck out more than the rest of the novel because of how self-aware it was. When she first meets the Gryphon and the Gryphon tells her … Continue reading

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