“Is there no forgiveness?”: Marriage, Adultery, and Forgiveness in Winston Graham’s “Poldark” Series

“There's no paradise in love! It's - you're thinking in the wrong way. (...) Tis all wrong to speak of paradise. It is a terrible mistake to pretend it is something quite different.” - The Four Swans, Winston Graham Poldark is a buzz word these days, with the insanely popular BBC show wrapping up its … Continue reading “Is there no forgiveness?”: Marriage, Adultery, and Forgiveness in Winston Graham’s “Poldark” Series

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5 Best of…the Latino Immigrant Experience

I am drawn to immigrant stories because I grew up with them. The West Side Story-esque childhood my Puerto Rican grandfather lived through is unthinkable to my third-gen middle-class ears. That's why hearing the stories is so important to me, especially as it devolves into mythos. My grandparents and titis loved to lie to me … Continue reading 5 Best of…the Latino Immigrant Experience

The Reverse Harem: Women as Symbols of Domesticity and Civilization in Classic Literature and Modern Television

Throughout history, women's role, even when placed as subservient to men, has been one of influence, one that even when hidden away in the private sphere of the home, could change society. On the American Frontier, as men* explored lightly-populated land out West, sparking the mythos of the cowboy, the culture that developed was seen … Continue reading The Reverse Harem: Women as Symbols of Domesticity and Civilization in Classic Literature and Modern Television

Hope & Hogwash (Guest Post by Elizabeth Silverstein)

As a child growing up in uncertain, fear-filled circumstances, writing and reading kept me sane and provided an escape from my day-to-day horrors. I was raised as a Christian with abusive parents, the second oldest of eight kids. I’m not sure where my sense of justice and fairness came from, since it certainly didn’t come … Continue reading Hope & Hogwash (Guest Post by Elizabeth Silverstein)

People Aren’t Eggs and the Future’s Not an Omelet: Corruption and Hope in Lloyd Alexander’s “Westmark” Trilogy

As politics get ugly and dumpsters explode and people are shot in the street without evidence of criminal activity, it can be easy to despair of the world. My Facebook feed runs the gamut of political emotions. There are those who want the prisons emptied, the police abolished, and every unjust death of oppressed peoples … Continue reading People Aren’t Eggs and the Future’s Not an Omelet: Corruption and Hope in Lloyd Alexander’s “Westmark” Trilogy