No Broad Shoulders? No Romance.

I nearly zapped a historical romance out of my iPad in exasperation, while reading it one evening. Not because it was badly written. Nor was it boring. Rather, it annoyed me that for the umpteenth time, the author describes her … Continued

Realism in Romance Novels?

Romance novels are escapist fare. We read them to be entertained. Or to have a few delicious moments of tingling. Is it a contradiction, then, to inject realism in romance novels? Someone more in the know than I told me … Continued

Feminism in Victorian Novels: Gaskell’s North and South

Feminism in Victorian Novels? Impossible. Not when the status of women places them just a bit above spoiled children. But I found Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and realized I was wrong. I had never heard of her until a … Continued

Dreams of Una Duessa: Margaret’s Duality in Gaskell’s North and South

Mr. Thornton has this recurring dream of Margaret as Una Duessa in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South after he sees her at the train station with a strange man. He dreamt of her; he dreamt she came dancing towards him … Continued

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