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“Under the Veil,” into “Double-Consciousness”: W. E. B. Du Bois in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric and Kendrick Lamar’s “u” and “i”

  By Adam Mah On October 7, 2014, American poet Claudia Rankine published her mixed-media book-length poem and series of lyric essays, Citizen: An American Lyric. Five months later, on March 15, 2015, American rapper Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Both works explore race-related trauma in the contemporary black […]

But We Sing it Anyway: Understanding female agency on a textual and metatextual level through Sappho’s fragments, Jane Austen’s Emma, and Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown

by Seo Park   Although women play pivotal roles in narratives surrounding love and relationships, as wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, and sister, mainstream scholarship agrees that there is a strong tendency toward female characters being denied the agency freely given to male characters, which allow them to propel the narrative and make active choices. Female […]

Lower The Masks And Unlock The Cage Door

Lower The Masks And Unlock The Cage Door

    by Moira Young A Bird In The House by Margaret Laurence is a vibrant collection of short stories which builds on the complexities of fictional characters, while simultaneously utilizing animal symbolism, as a satire of the real relationships and people that they represent. The characters within A Bird In The House are complicated, […]

Alive in Art: Art as it Relates to Life in Still Life with a Bridle  

Alive in Art: Art as it Relates to Life in Still Life with a Bridle  

  by Kyla Lien Flynn  April 25, 2021 In Zbigniew Herbert’s Still Life with a Bridle, art encapsulates life. In Herbert’s essays and apocryphas, life and history are preserved through art, his writing on seventeenth-century Dutch paintings and society showcasing the capability of art in immortalizing places, objects, people and memories. This essay will argue, […]

Angels: Feminine Salvation and Gendered Damnation in Crime and Punishment

Angels: Feminine Salvation and Gendered Damnation in Crime and Punishment

  by Calla Campbell   There is no denying the significance of the women who occupy the world of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. It is a work distinguished by its complex, colourful, and memorable female characters. Written in the mid-19th century against a backdrop of rapid and radical social change, contrasting views on women’s liberation […]

Becoming the Honey and the Honeybee: How Mary Oliver and Sappho Use Queer Poetry to Reject Dualism

by Anna Pontin   Women who write about flowers have rarely been acknowledged as worthy participants in serious conversations. Despite winning a Pulitzer Prize, beloved poet Mary Oliver spent much of her career being dismissed by literary critics for devoting creative attention to her garden, the birds near her house, and her dogs–to whom she […]

There’s A Place For Us:  Aromanticism and Amatonormativity in Jane Austen’s Emma

There’s A Place For Us: Aromanticism and Amatonormativity in Jane Austen’s Emma

by Caitlin Khong   The setting of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma is heavily centered around romance, with the primary goal of many characters being the courtship and marriage of a significant other, but the protagonist Emma Woodhouse appears to be an exception to this romance-riddled world. Emma’s choices and values align her instead with the […]

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The Darkness of Mere Being: Masking Queerness in Moore and Gibbons’ Watchmen

    by Alexei L. Villareal   CONTENT WARNING: The following essay contains offensive language and discussions of sexual assault which some readers may find disturbing.   Superhero fiction has had a long history of presenting ensembles of characters that reinforce a bastion of heteronormativity. Amidst conventional representations of gender and sexuality, Alan Moore and […]

Finding Liberation Amidst Laughter: The Misread Matrona in Plautus’ Amphitruo

Finding Liberation Amidst Laughter: The Misread Matrona in Plautus’ Amphitruo

  by Talia Neelis   As bright lights illuminate the stage of the Jericho Arts Center, an elderly woman wearing a pink dress and a pregnant belly emerges from the darkness. No laughter sounds from the audience. Rather, they listen intently as her canticum on voluptas fills the theater. Among other expressions of voluptas (pleasure), […]

Culture and Consumption: The Importance of Food within Typee and Unfamiliar Fishes

Culture and Consumption: The Importance of Food within Typee and Unfamiliar Fishes

Culture and Consumption: The Importance of Food within Typee and Unfamiliar Fishes   by Hayley Jones   Understanding a culture’s relationship with its food can be one of the best ways of examining how its society functions. Food can be viewed as a necessity to keep humans alive, but it can also be viewed as an […]