Author Archives: ebrincks

Dracula: Chapters 21-End

After our class discussion, I began thinking more about the format of the narrative and how it relates to genre. We’ve talked about realism before, and in this case, the novel as a whole isn’t exactly “realistic,” yet the narrative format seems to suggest a sort of realism of its own. After all, the novel […]

Dracula: Chapters 13-20

In class, we discussed how Mina embodies characteristics of both the “angel in the house” as well as the “new woman,” and this trend continues in the next few chapters. At one point, Van Helsing describes Mina as being “angelic” and pure: “She is one of God’s women, fashioned by His own hand to show […]

Dracula: Chapters 1-12

So Debbie mentioned the use of the word “voluptuous” in the novel, and I must admit that this particular phrasing stuck out to me as well. Being an English major, I decided to consult the handy-dandy OED, and here are a few of the definitions I found (just as a fun fact, Chaucer was the […]

At the British Museum…

Although I thoroughly enjoyed all of the displays in the Victorian rooms, I thought I’d take the opportunity to discuss something a little bit different–though it relates to the Victorian era, of course. On my second visit to the British Museum, I toured the Japan rooms (which were really awesome, by the way) and came […]

Picture of Dorian Gray: Chapters 11-20

In class, we discussed how the novel and its characters reflect many of Wilde’s personal views on art and life. Specifically, we pointed out how Lord Henry embodies much of Wilde’s philosophy; indeed, Wilde seems to use Lord Henry as a proxy to relate his own views to readers. The early chapters of the book […]

Dorian Gray: Chapters 1-10

One thing that struck me while reading Dorian Gray was the portrayal of women, especially when compared with the other works we’ve read so far. When we discussed Dickens, we talked about the “angel in the house” versus the “fallen woman,” but we also mentioned how mothers are unable to protect their children inĀ Oliver Twist. […]

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

Like Mariko, I also saw much of Doyle himself in the character of Sherlock Holmes. The quote about Holmes’s career reaching its “summit” is especially relevant, and obviously Doyle wanted to give his character a proper send-off by giving him a noble death. Still, Doyle himself was a bit resentful of the character, as he […]