The Slander of Noah

The simplest definition of metafiction is ‘fiction about fiction.’ Julian Barnes takes this idea of fiction about fiction a step further in A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters by creating an interesting work of historiographic metafiction. Barnes has taken on a number of historical events and told them from a different perspective in order to show the …

Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop: A Gothic Retelling of Bluebeard

During her life, Angela Carter gave new life to fairy tales reimagining them in a feminist light. Girls and young women were given agency, and they no longer needed saving. The Princess was no longer a damsel in distress waiting for the Prince to rescue her. Carter created an unconventional Gothic fairy tale, uniquely her own, with The Magic Toyshop. …

From Religion to The Human Genome Project: A Timeline of Scientific Racism

Sweden did not become a country until 1905, but the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe was still part of Europe, and yet, Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus is not listed among the “significant people” during the Age of Enlightenment. However, those inspired by and expanded on his work, such as Immanuel Kant, are. By omission, Linnaeus, the scientist that gave us …

Implicit Bias in Medicine and the Legacy of Antebellum Slavery in America

Two young women, approximately the same age, both pregnant, enter Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, a hospital ranked as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States pre-pandemic. Both women had similar complaints of cramping and bleeding. Both expected to receive the exceptional care that put Grossmont on the list of top hospitals. Racial biased played a …

Titus Andronicus: Roman Whiteness Personified

William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus gives a fictional look into the politics of the Roman Empire, and how race played a part of that, prior to its fall in 395 CE. The play opens with Titus Andronicus himself returning to Rome after battle. He brings with him Tamora, the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, and Aaron the Moor who …

I Am Joe’s Catathymic Crisis

English 206 Professor Tweedy December 12, 2019   23 years ago Chuck Palahniuk’s first published novel, Fight Club, hit bookstores. Its success did not happen overnight. In fact, it took three years and a movie misrepresentation direct by David Fincher and written by Jim Uhls starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helen Bonham Carter to become an inescapable part of …

Martin Luther on Christian Liberties

A student of Augustine, armed with a Doctorate of Theology, Martin Luther took no prisoners when it came to publically stating his opinions and taking on the Catholic Church. Luther would become to be known as one of the greatest religious thinkers of all time after ushering in the Protestant Reformation. His opinions and beliefs were quite different from earlier …

The Square Peg in a Round Hole: Americanah’s Dike

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a coming of age story about Ifemelu, the Nigerian main character, and to some extent her Nigerian boyfriend, Obinze . The reader follows both of these characters from growing up in Nigeria to living abroad to their return to Nigeria. Ifemelu’s family, especially her Aunty Uju, is also central to the story as she …