Guest Post! Fairy Tale’s & Folk Culture

It’s always fun to have people contact you about guest posts, and recently I had a friend and someone who appreciates literature as much as me ask to contribute to my page. He is someone who’s interests transcend simply famous literature, but also includes keen interpretations of pop culture, media, and music. He is a fascinating guy and I believe his views will be greatly appreciated her at kim-loan. He did ask me to reference his contact information and current business which can be found here. He is an inquisitive soul and someone that brings me great joy. If you find his post interesting than I encourage you to contact him. I’m sure this will not be the last you hear of him, an there will be more opportunities to enjoy his work in the future.

With no further ado…

Class Struggle in the Fairy Tale: The Preservation of Folk Culture in an Emerging Literary Form. (Guest post by: Travis Shue) Continue reading “Guest Post! Fairy Tale’s & Folk Culture”

The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature Continued…

When it comes to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the fate of the female characters within the play displays a rather different expectation for the role of Renaissance women, though there is certainly some overlap. For example, in her article “Glimpsing a ‘Lesbian’ Poetics in ‘Twelfth Night,”‘ Jami Ake makes an interesting case for the notion that the female characters of the play, especially those of Olivia and Viola/Cesario, are not able to move freely unless they, too, are either freed from male control-represented in Ake’s argument by the form of the Petrarchan sonnet-in the way that both the Wife of Bath and Carruthers insist is necessary for genuine female happiness in marriage, or they are successful in somehow aligning themselves with a form of male-centered power. In this case, Ake’s insistence on the concept of male-control’s         being represented by the Petrarchan sonnet forms the basis for the idea that the role of women in the Twelfth Night is related to the role of women in Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” in that both illustrations of women’s roles include the struggle of women to overcome the imprisonment of male control. Ake quotes Nancy Vickers as she explains her reasoning behind her categorization of the Petrarchan sonnet as being representative of such: Continue reading “The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature Continued…”

The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature

It is not difficult to gather the notion that the role of women in European society became increasingly limited as the Middle Ages progressed into the era of the Renaissance, and while there is an abundance of scholarship to support this concept, perhaps the more intriguing evidence for such a claim can be found in comparing the literature of the Middle Ages with that of the Renaissance. In doing so, a focus on the role of women represented by the various female characters of some major literary works of both time periods may provide a-though somewhat linear—deeper understanding of the complexities behind the gender relations in each era and, ultimately, a better look at the ways in which the representations of women in literature throughout history have either changed or remained the same. In this case, an exploration into the works of two major literary figures-that of Geoffrey  Chaucer and William  Shakespeare-will be provided  on the basis of comparing the roles of the female characters in Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, resulting, as I hope to demonstrate in the paragraphs to follow, in an analysis which suggests that the role of women, in all of its variance throughout the progression of the Middle Ages into the era of the Renaissance, is central in its encompassment and inclusion of the struggle of women to overcome the imprisonment suffered by them under male control, in all its forms. Continue reading “The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature”

Victorian Sexism Reviled within Browning’s “My Last Duchess”


I love poems, and think many of my readers will relate to this. There is a lot to love about classic poetry, and they overwhelmingly rich with content. Below is my personal take on “My Last Duchess” and the deep sexism that is revealed throughout it. I hope you like!

“Nineteenth-century bourgeois masculinity was characterized by a rigid program of male self-discipline and control necessary for conformity to the hegemonic parameters of patriarchy (151),” argues Tyler Efird, whose study of sexism within Victorian literature examines the works of poet Robert Browning and his dramatic monologues that subjugate women. Browning created male-dominating speakers in his poetry who controlled female characters due to a patriarchal system that controlled Victorian society. Wealthy noblemen were at the center of power during this period and the patriarch led great influence on gender issues. “Significantly, this program required the strict regulation of male sexual desire, thereby “insuring,” according to Victorian patriarchal ideology, the application of male energy towards other purposes – most often those required of work and intellect”(l 51) states Efird believing this is the root of violence directed to females by males in Victorian Literature.

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