An autobiographical narrative, BEHIND THE SCENES traces Elizabeth Keckley's life from her enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln in the White House during Abraham Lincoln's administration. It was quite controversial at the time of its release--an uncompromising work that transgressed Victorian boundaries between public and private life, and lines of... [click here for more]
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon's work presents various representations of home spaces that give depth to his stories and storytelling. Through the spaceship in Firefly, a farmhouse in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Whedon's own house in Much Ado About Nothing, his work collectively offers audiences the opportunity to question the ways we relate to and inhabit... [click here for more]
Art, Evil and Intertextuality in the Stephen King Novels
Stephen King is no stranger to the realm of literary criticism, but his most fantastic, far-reaching work has aroused little academic scrutiny. This study of King's epic Dark Tower series encompasses the career of one of the world's best-selling authors and frames him as more than a "horror writer."
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This ethnographic study of contemporary American Renaissance fairs focuses on the Maryland Renaissance Festival, in which participants recreate sixteenth-century England through performances of theater, combat-at-arms, processions, street hawking, and meticulously faithful historical reconstructions.
It is also partly an autobiographical account of interactive improvisation, subcultures within the... [click here for more]
Using the original 1928 translation, the infamous Malleus Maleficarum is here for a study into medieval church history and superstitions.
The way this text portrays and practices the punishment of occult figures is brutal and unwelcome in modern society but sadly this text has formed what many people's view of witches and warlocks are. Of course most of this isn't true and has no real bearing on... [click here for more]