Russell, Lorena

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“The Knot Loops in upon Itself”: Futility in Language, Communication, and Meaning in J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians 2015 4743 South African novelist J. M. Coetzee’s 1980 novel Waiting for the Barbarians explores how systems of oppression work to destroy language, impede communication, and divert meaning from lived experiences. Focalized through the experience of a rural tow...
"Egg Full of Words": Language and the Power of Context in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake 2016 2336 Margaret Atwood had an ongoing fascination with language and communication, particularly the way in which they function within society, arguing "There are little constellations of language here and there and the meaning of a word changes according to...
Novel to Novel to Film: From Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway to Michael Cunningham’s and Daldry-Hare’s The Hours 2016 12142 Adaptation is a fundamental part of storytelling, yet oftentimes adaptations of pre-existing works are devalued precisely for their presumed unoriginality; if a work borrows material from a pre-existing one, it is assumed to be automatically less val...
“The Seductive Reduction” of India: Colonial, Missionary, and Educative Pursuits in Jane Eyre 2017 2292 This paper examines the colonial and imperial presence in Charlotte Bronte’s nineteenth-century bildungsroman Jane Eyre. Although the novel is almost entirely situated in the domestic space of England, it uses British imperial practices in India to r...
"Whoooo-hoooooo I have a message for you:" Narrative Empathy and the Deconstruction of Convention in Ali Smith's "Hotel World" 2018 538 Ali Smith's second novel, "Hotel World" (2001), is written in a style that could be described as unconventional, using a myriad of modern and postmodern techniques to question life, love, time, and memory through the lives of five different women. In...
All American Girls: Geographical Implications and the Quest for Female Autonomy in Zelda Fitzgerald's Girl Series 2018 392 In 1929, the magazine "College Humor" commissioned Zelda Fitzgerald to write six short stories about the lives of young women in the U.S., with each story evoking a certain archetypal woman. In this paper, the author argues that these short stories s...
Under the Mask: Non-Normative Sexuality in Alan Moore's "Watchmen" 2018 2376 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1987 "Watchmen" compilation has been described as a deconstruction of the superhero genre, complicating the definition of heroism and the sexuality of the hero. In this paper, the author considers the applicability of que...
Gaze Upon My Shame: The Function of the Gaze on Marginalized Identities in Giovanni's Room 2019 33 A testament of a great writer and a great work of fiction is how well his work stands the test of time. James Baldwin, a social critic and novelist, is one such writer whose work has stood the test of time and remained popular in the present day. A m...
Under His Eye: Gendered Power/Body Relationships in The Handmaid's Tale 2019 89 In Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, the body is a powerful force that functions as a dystopic symbol of authority, control, and power. Scholars have applied several theoretical approaches to studying the body, but one of the most applicab...