Tracking Witches from the Forest to the Home: Bewitched and the Fairy Tales Grimm

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos The realm of magic was always governed by women. Women are nymphs, they are jealous goddesses; they are lustful and vengeful monsters like Medusa, and dangerous women yielding destructive power like Pandora. In fairy tales they are witches, they are crones, they are evil stepmothers and hags. The norm in…

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Intergenerational Violence in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Written by Brandi Carnes Racial oppression causes a disruption of motherhood, often resulting in an interruption of girlhood. Matriarchs of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye adopt poor mothering tools that they themselves learned within the household, and often pass those behaviors down to their daughters. Claudia reveals her internalized racism using the intergenerational violence she learned in the home.…

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Doesn’t Want You To Be A Perfectionist, But You Probably Are And That’s Okay

Written by Caitlin Smith Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” is an 1843 short story that primarily deals with issues of perfection and self image. With today’s perfection-seeking culture, where we tailor our lives to fit societal expectations on apps like Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, this story is especially relevant. It follows Aylmer, a scientist dabbling in…

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