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(Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash) When I was 10, I often dreamt about turning 23. It seemed like a nice age to be at: not entirely a baby to the big 2 gang, but also not experiencing a quarter-life crisis. It was riiiight in the middle. Not here, yet not there. But that's exactly the problem. I [...]

“But That’s Not What You Said Before”: Gaslighting And How to Spot Them In Relationships

“But That’s Not What You Said Before”: Gaslighting And How to Spot Them In Relationships

(Photo by Eugenio Pastoral on Unsplash) [A version of this article is also published here] Have you experienced moments in your relationship when you’re certain you were right about something but your partner convinces you that you weren’t? Confusion then kicks in and you start to doubt your own sanity? If this has ever happened to you, you [...]

White(d) Subjects, White Backgrounds: Assessing Colour-Blind Racism through Textual Silence in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric

In William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois’s works Souls of Black Folk (1903) and Dusk of Dawn (1940), he coined the theory of “double consciousness” where he argued the presence of two consciousness in African-Americans: a Negro Self, and an American Self. Claudia Rankine’s ground-breaking work, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) (hereafter, will be referred [...]

Translating Taboos: Analyzing Textual Silence in Postcolonial Literature

Understanding the textual silence of homosexual relations in Ismat Chughtai’s Lihaaf and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Representation is a contentious subject in the study of postcolonial literature. Whether or not a text’s respective culture is accurately represented or subject to appropriation still remains a topic of great discussion. My essay will anchor on issues [...]

#ScreenThoughts: Competing Narratives, Red Herrings, and the Devil’s Advocate in Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects” (1995)

[This article contains major spoilers -- turn away if you've not yet watched it!] The Usual Suspects is one of my favourite films, OF ALL TIME. I can never pick an ultimate favourite, but I do have a list of ultimate faves. I had to do a film review for a film class and thought, [...]