The Monster Behind the Monsters: H.P. Lovecraft and the Search for a Divide Between the Art and the Artist

By Alex Taylor As all fans of H.P. Lovecraft know, liking and enjoying his work is often paradoxical. Reading and discussing his stories is an exercise in both enthusiasm and restraint—praise and deprecation. Being a Lovecraft fan is at once an exciting entryway into a mysterious mythos and an indefensible position. While the indescribable entities…

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Halloween Staff Picks: Favorite Incantations

As it happens another Halloween is upon us, and as it happens, it coincides with Hothouse’s website launch for the 2018-19 academic year. To celebrate, as an act of inauguration, we thought we’d do something collaborative, something that will stir up the spirits and press them to set a watchful eye over our site. Just kidding—we’re not superstitious. Not all of us. Not always. We just like magic.

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More than Reckless Teenagers: In Defense of Romeo & Juliet’s Love

By Caitlin Smith Thousands of high school students in English classrooms across the world read, under-analyze, and hate Romeo & Juliet each year. Why is what’s arguably become Shakespeare’s most recognizable tragedy met with such vitriol from students? Can they not relate to the teenage angst exhibited by the titular characters? Is the language too…

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Blog on hiatus!

Hello friends, As the semester draws to a close and summer approaches, our blog will officially enter a hiatus state until fall 2018. Although this means we will no longer offer content on a consistent weekly schedule, the blog will still be open to rolling submissions by our 2017-2018 staff through the duration of the…

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Interview with John Morán Gonzáles

Written by Guadalupe Rodriguez Texas land is huge—with approximately 28 million people, the faces of Texas are colorful, and filled with different experiences. From rich stories of black and Latino people, to the stories of Native Americans, UT’s English Department attempts to account for some of the faces of Texas and beyond. One colorful face…

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