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About estherhawdon

a University lecturer, teaching English, engaged in translation, research on British novels from the 19th century to 21st century, love movies, music, meeting new friends

How Jean Rhys rewrites Jane Eyre: the birth of polyphonic text, Wide Sargasso Sea

Ⅰ About Jean Rhys, the author of Wide Sargasso Sea Rhys was born in Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean Sea, in 1890.  Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea was her fifth novel, which was published in 1966, when almost thirty … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Moonstone: Race and Empire Represented by Dickens and Collins

Ⅰ Introduction While Dickens gave a harsh comment on Collins’ The Moonstone as “[t]he construction is beyond endurance, and there is a vein of obstinate conceit in it that makes enemies of readers,” (Rance, 131) Collins returned the compliment by … Continue reading

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Bleak House and Villette: The Story of a Trauma narrated by Esther and Lucy

Introduction According to Shoshana Felman, “every woman’s life contains, explicitly or in implicit ways, the story of a trauma.”(16) Felman also argues that “because trauma cannot be simply remembered, it cannot simply be ‘confessed.’”(16) It is remarkable that Felman points … Continue reading

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Naming and Violence in Bleak House

Naming and Violence in Bleak House Introduction As Vladimir Nabokov points out,(69) Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, Bleak House consists of three main themes: first, the court of Chancery which revolves around the never-ending suit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce; second, miserable children … Continue reading

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Misogyny and Patriarchy in Lady Audley’s Secret

(1) Introduction The Victorian critics were scathing about the sensation novels as they portray “dangerous” women whose sexuality and affects are uncontrolled. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon includes such factors and was “one of the best-selling novels, not … Continue reading

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Patriarchy and Women in “The Woman In White”: the Ambiguous Border between Men and Women

(1) Introduction In The Woman in White, which has been acclaimed as one of Wilkie Collins’ masterpieces, one of its chief characters, Walter Hartright begins the story with his disputable narration: “This is the story of what a Woman’s patience … Continue reading

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The Race, Women, and Empire in The Moonstone

(1) Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is one of the masterpieces of mystery. As T.S. Eliot wrote: “The Moonstone is the first and greatest of English detective novels.” The novel, based on a yellow diamond called The Moonstone, questions the established … Continue reading

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