Bluebeard: The Origin Story
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Bluebeard: The Origin Story

Bluebeard is an odd fairy tale. Unremarkably, for anyone who knows the tale, it has not managed to join its more child-friendly fellows in the Disney hall of fame. Though many of us know that the original Cinderella involved slicing parts off young women’s feet and eyes being pecked out by birds, the discovery of … Continue reading

‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? :  The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
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‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? : The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

This is the second post in my series on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). It’s a poem that I never managed to study, but which has always intrigued me. These posts are a record of my attempts to get to grips with one of the most revolutionary poems of all time. Click here … Continue reading

‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
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‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) is similar to many great poems in that I read it once at university and then shoved it hastily back on the shelf and decided to find something else to use for my essay. However, I was browsing my bookshelf the other day and, after amusing myself by reading through … Continue reading

Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela
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Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela

Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela was a huge commercial success when it was released in 1741. The rags-to-riches story was highly influential on other authors writing around the time. However, just because the book was popular that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t also controversial. Today, the painfully virtuous Pamela can seem a bit of drag (ok, that’s a … Continue reading