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Insatiable Hunger for Indigenous Flesh, Cultures, and Lands: Colonialism as a Ravenous Monster in Monkey Beach and Kiss of the Fur Queen

Léna Remy-Kovach |

The Windigo (also Wendigo, Weetigo, or Wintiko) is a cannibalistic creature said to haunt traditional Algonquian territories, namely the forests of the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes region.…

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Virtue Rewarded?: Pamela’s Appetite-Driven Progression in Richardson’s Epistolary Novel

Christina Boyle |

Although appetites for food and sex are rather different, they are both yearnings of the body, and are both desires which Pamela experiences in Richardson’s 1740 novel of the same name. Pamela,…

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Critical Aesthetics in Tahel Frosh's Avarice: Part III

Ben Fulman |

In this growl post, I examine the connection between poetry, particularly Frosh’s poem ‘Accountant,’ and social transformation through the ideas of Marcuse’s aesthetic theory¾focusing on the…

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Critical Aesthetics in Tahel Frosh’s Avarice: Part II

Ben Fulman |

Several themes flow through Frosh’s poems; all are insightful and intriguing. In the previous Growl post, I explored the re-appropriation of desire in Avarice and the limits of art and…

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Critical Aesthetics in Tahel Frosh’s Avarice

Ben Fulman |

In the next three Growl posts, I dive into the poems of Tahel Frosh and examine their impact on the relation between poetry and social transformation. I do this through the lenses of several…

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Layers of Textual Femininity in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Dr. Richard Leahy |

Amy Elliot Dunne, from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, directly critiques constructed ideals of femininity at the point of the narrative revelation where she has staged her own abduction and…

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Postmodern Gothic in Jennifer Egan’s The Keep

Justin Holliday |

The term “gothic” usually connotes dilapidated buildings and eldritch foreign settings. But how does the gothic function in twenty-first century literature? In Jennifer Egan’s 2006 The Keep…

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The Impenetrable Wood: Gender Identity in Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Moose”

Heather J. Macpherson |

It is not the repetitive nature of the dogs in Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Moose,” but the title creature itself appearing at the end of the poem that represents mothering and gender identity.…

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The Message of the Mask

Quenton Baker |

Unfortunately, Paul Laurence Dunbar remains one of the most misunderstood American poets. A significant amount of the critical work regarding Dunbar places him outside of the protest tradition,…

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Growlery Submission Guidelines

Cactus May |

What is a “Growl Post”? A Growl Post is a short essay responding to a text using few, if any, secondary sources. Named for John Jarndyce’s “Growlery” in Dickens’ Bleak House, the Growlery…

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