“The Bloody Chamber” as seen on Voyant and Ngram

Angela Carter (1940-1992) was a short story writer known for her “feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works” (Wikipedia). One collection of Carter’s short stories, The Bloody Chamber, garnered much attention and positive criticism. Using Voyant Tools I attempted to pick out some connections between the works that hinted at Carter’s tendencies for feminism and fairy-tale […]

Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger made his living on “rags-to-riches” stories in the 1800s. Almost every story followed some poor boy who through a series of events would end up successful (or at least associate with the middle class). There seemed to be a handful of reoccurring “staples” of Alger’s stories: the honest youth the stranger the upper […]

The Creepiness of Merricat

In 1962 Shirley Jackson wrote and published the mystery novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It revolves around the wonderfully creepy Mary Katherine Blackwood, or Merricat. With a strange tendency for sympathetic magic and lack of a coherent conscience, Merricat is without a doubt a very interesting character to follow. With that in mind, […]

Annotations Regarding Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Besides being a scathing review of American capitalism in the mid 1800s, “Bartleby” is a protest story and an ode to the necessity to make your way in an absurd world. Two annotation sites, ‘Slate’ and ‘Genius,’ took the time to outline and take a deeper look into Melville’s story of “Bartleby.” ‘Slate’– One method […]