Traits That Make the Byronic Hero So Appealing

In teaching Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, it’s impossible not to discuss the Byronic Hero, and how this type of hero permeates not only Gothic romances like this one, but romantic literature in general.  The general…

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Fun Facts About Female Chick Lit Writers

Many critics criticized the Chick Lit genre when it first became popular (don’t they feel silly now?).  As we know, Chick Lit has continued to grow in popularity, and continues to entertain readers all over…

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Mr. Darcy and You?

A friend of ours forwarded this to us.  It’s a take on the lake scene from a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) and instead of Darcy falling for Elizabeth Bennet, he falls for…

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Why the hate for Catherine Earnshaw?

“I hate her.  I just wish she’d hurry up and die,” said the sweet-faced girl in my class as she shuddered with disgust. “Why do you hate Catherine Earnshaw so much?” I wanted to know.…

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What will happen to bookstores?

One of Toronto’s bookstores is closing soon, the Toronto Star reported today.  I mentioned it in my Grade 12 English class this afternoon, which led some of the students to ask me if books would…

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