In the Library by Auguste Toulmouche – 1872
Well, I deeply enjoyed Madame Bovary. Flaubert has an interesting way of producing a scenario of which he clearly disapproved (the adultery of a married woman) in a way that nevertheless revealed her as a flawed, fallible, sympathetic human being.
In this post, I’m going to be looking at the absence of female friends in Emma’s life, the effect of the male gaze and the significance of the colour blue on her narrative.
Dickens is a tricky author for me – much like Austen, I think he’ll prove to be an acquired taste. In Bleak House, I thought I’d finally developed an
appetite for him: secret identities, London fog and a smattering of Victorian sentimentality; what’s not to love?
This was quite an interesting book for me to begin Nabokov Cocktail with – I’ve read it once before and didn’t enjoy it at all. I had to learn to read Jane Austen, you see, and her subtleties were beyond me until I’d read about four books by her, and Mansfield Park was book number three. So this was quite an experiment! It still isn’t a favourite, but it’s fun to explore intellectually and I can appreciate it much more now.
In this article I’ll be exploring incest and wayward women in the novel. What? Such incendiary topics in delicate Jane Austen? Read on, dear reader; read on.
Hello and welcome!
The idea behind this blog is to make academia accessible to readers outside of academic circles in a fun and simple way, based on the collection of Nabokov’s literary lectures, titled – unsurprisingly – Lectures on Literature.