The Force Awakens: Social Justice and Homage

  When J.J. Abrams helmed the Star Trek films that relaunched the franchise starting in 2009, he took it not only as an opportunity to pay homage to the source material, but also as an opportunity to provide social commentary, as demonstrated by Star Trek Into Darkness’s commentary on the war on terror.  It is […]

Roald Dahl’s The Witches: Misogynist Drivel, or Tract Against Fear Mongering?

  Roald Dahl’s The Witches has seen more criticism than praise when compared to many of his others works, with feminists such as Catherine Itzin claiming that the book taught boys how to “become men who hate women.”  Though Dahl’s presentation of women is certainly a concern, such a reading fails to see the intent of […]

Charlotte Turner Smith: The Grandmother of Ecofeminism

  Charlotte Turner Smith is often seen as the matriarch of Romanticism, and with good caused, given that her poetry was often reflective of personal feelings, featured sublime descriptions of nature, and rejected many human constructs: all core tenets of Romanticism.  When examining her elegiac sonnets, however, this rejection of the human world, and alignment […]

Fury Road: An Opus For Egalitarian Environmentalists

  Self-proclaimed ‘men’s rights activist’ Aaron Carey (no, we did not elect him to represent us) has recently attacked George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, accusing the film, which he had not seen, of ‘feminist propaganda’, or so his ‘Spidey senses’ warned him (if you don’t mind having to click off of an advertisement for […]

The Existentialist Ex Machina

  Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a masterful existentialist thriller that marries The Tempest with Blade Runner to create a science fiction film that maximizes the potential of the genre.  The film details a week in the life of Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a programmer who has recruited another programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), from his Google-esque corporation in […]

Carter Brown’s Nymph to the Slaughter: The Male Gaze, Workplace Harassment and Orientalism in the 60’s

  Given that Alan Geoffrey Yates, published over 320 detective novels under his pseudonym Carter Brown (not to mention the westerns he published under Todd Conway), it is difficult to find one that separates itself from the others, especially since they all seem to have been moulded in a similar spirit.  Nymph to the Slaughter may […]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Making Jane Austen Current

Literary elitists may snub their noses at fan fiction in general, and if you read any of the trash people post on various blogs and websites, you might understand why. Such fan fiction, though, is only a sample of the literature that falls under this category and should not define how academia views fan fiction […]

The Age of Ultron and America’s Foreign Policy

  Avengers: Age of Ultron is what action movies should aspire to be.  Far from a special effect vehicle with action sequences meant solely to rake in cash, the film offers a constructive exploration of the culture of violence that stems from foreign policy rooted in a hero complex through engaging and entertaining metaphors.  The pre-emptive […]

Toni Morrison’s Sula: Gender, Systemic Prejudice, and the Environment

  Considered a seminal work in Black feminist fiction (or perhaps womanist fiction), Toni Morrison’s Sula is not only a novel about how gender issues are shaped by notions of perceived race impact women, but also how it shapes the lives of men.  Morrison details the double standards women of colour are held to, whilst […]

Meet Me In Darkness: An Imitation Detective Novel

  Not all detective novels are created equal.  Though the genre was at the heights of its popularity in the mid-20th century, it did not mean all novels sold well or were well written.  Raymond Bank’s foray into detective fiction is an excellent case and point.  Meet Me In Darkness was the first ‘Sam King’ […]