Monthly Archives: August 2012


Rappacini’s daughter [essay] by

courserascifi

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares many similarities with Rapunzel; she is

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A woman of the Iron people by

A woman of the Iron People

Lixia has just landed on an alien planet. Humanity have come exploring the stars, with high-minded ideals, and rules about what action should be taken depending on how advanced the peoples they meet are. Nia has grown up among the Iron People. Her mother died when she was young so she went to live with one of her mother’s sisters.

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Rappaccini’s Daughter by

Mosses from an Old Manse

Giovanni moves to a new city, and finds that his apartment overlooks an enclosed garden where beautiful flowers grow. And a beautiful woman tends to them. She is Beatrice, the daughter of Rappaccini. But a friend of his father, Baglioni, warns Giovanni away from Rappaccini. He values knowledge and science too much, he pursues it without thought for humanity or

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Frankenstein by

Frankenstein

Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But it is worth a read.

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Dracula [essay] by

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I almost forgot to post my Coursera essay on Dracula but y’all are in luck, because I have remembered: Fear of the East, of the eastern “barbarians” was a contemporary issue in Victorian England. Dracula can be seen as that “other”. He originates in a wild unknown eastern land[1] , from a place and a people so different from English

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