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It must be near impossible for anyone writing or reading about infanticide to avoid recalling Medea, whether consciously or not. When I set out to write about Beloved, this was the classical text that immediately came to mind but somehow, the comparison just didn’t seem to work. This was partly because I knew that IContinue reading “The question of sympathy in Medea and Beloved (a sister post to my last)”
When I set out to write this piece, I only knew that I was interested in the idea of ‘rememory’ in Beloved. I thought I might compare the text to something ancient Greek, as I usually do, and wondered about infanticide (Medea), trauma (Electra, Hecuba) and collective, communicative trauma (as in my PhD work onContinue reading “In which I muse on some of the things I found interesting about memory in Toni Morrison’s Beloved…”
It has been ages since I posted anything and this is frustrating! As the Easter holiday draws to a close, I finally feel recovered enough after the onslaught of last term to start thinking about writing again. Today, I put together some thoughts about ‘the perfect lady’ in Wharton’s The House of Mirth which I’dContinue reading “An update of sorts”
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