In My Head.

Left. Turn. Right. Turn. Up. Back down. Turn right again. Turn back left. Grumble. Up. And this time, stay up. Rub. Continue rubbing. Open. Check. Put down. Walk. Fumble. Turn on. Clean. Turn off. Get out. Wipe. Change. Wear. Lock. Walk. Continue walking. Music on. Tap. Board. Wait. Bop. Get off. Walk. Wait. Board. Sit. [...]

Gendered Perspectives: Debunking Hegemonic Gendered Discourse through the Narrative Speaker in Herman Melville’s "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" and Margaret Fuller’s "The Great Lawsuit"

         Herman Melville (1819-1891) and Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) are revered American historical literary figures who have contributed a great deal into American literary history. Melville, in The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids (1855), revealed his concern regarding unequal gender treatment. Fuller was one of America’s first leading feminists and an avid advocator for [...]

#ScreenThoughts: “Smithereens”, Black Mirror Season 5 Episode.

A lot of debate has been surrounding Black Mirror's much-awaited season; the success over the last 4 left eager fans in much deliberation regarding the series's ability to at least sustain or even top their own streak with even darker, grimly tantalizing, mind-blowing content. I, for one, did not watch it on its debut week [...]

Coping with Predestinarian Anxiety: Reconciling Free-will and Predestination in the Religious Poems of John Donne

        According to one of the basic theological assumptions held by John Donne (Lim 1), Donne subscribes to a predestinarian belief that he is of the elect, chosen by God to receive grace and eventual salvation. Donne’s religious poems, however, harbour a predestinarian anxiety – the insecurity in accepting that he is destined for God’s grace. [...]

The Gothic as the Salvation of Romantic Imagination: Of Consciousness, Sin, and Confession through Articulated Speech

During a time when the Romantic impulse favoured liberty and departures from stringent dominant systems that preceded the French Revolution, the Gothic genre exists as ‘the confessional’ (Ang 28) – a metaphor for the Gothic as the supposed ‘safe space’ for the confession of sins as it is bounded an oath known as the ‘Seal [...]

Sonnet S.A.

“Where are you?”, I questioned all the more,Pacing back and forth my feet were sore.No reply was heard; my muse, my queen,only if I knew how she had been. Pointless was the usual honesty:question me but nothing you shall see. Trailing far behind her shadowed path,Unbeknownst, she carries on her task.Sensual was her silhouette, I craved;time and [...]