My mum loved jewellery. When she died in May of this year, my brother and I sat around the coffee table at my parents’ house emptying boxes and bags of it, deciding what to keep or throw. She had amassed it over her lifetime, some from family – her mother had a similar penchant –Continue reading “Tokens of remembrance: my mum’s earrings”
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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