Category Archives: 19th century

The Moment of Walden

When a student is first introduced to Walden, it seems that he is told, perhaps rather hastily, that the text and its author are the first of many things. Walden is the ur-text of American nature writing as a genre … Continue reading

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Ethics and Evolution: Tensions in Post-Darwinian Literature

In 1809, Jean Baptiste Lamarck’s mechanism for evolution proposed in his essay Zoological Philosophy, namely that the acquisitions and losses of an individual during its lifespan are passed onto its offspring, was roundly rejected by Lamarck’s contemporaries as biologically impossible, … Continue reading

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An Ecofeminist Reading of Northanger Abbey and the Critical Discourse

Note: The following piece serves as a companion to another of Shollenberger’s works, The Moral Landscape of the Gothic Heroine. Together, the pieces provide a comprehensive, and thrillingly new reading of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. ‘Moral Landscape’ is a detailed historical … Continue reading

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The Moral Landscape of the Gothic Heroine

An Ecofeminist Reading of Northanger Abbey As a satire of the Gothic novel, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey quietly subverts the systems of Western patriarchy reinforced by the genre and its literary predecessors, questioning the structural domination of women and nature. … Continue reading

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