Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

The image of a beautiful young woman combing her long, oftentimes blonde hair, has traction throughout the Medieval period and in folklore and fairytale ever since. Indeed, it’s a single strand of Isolde’s hair, the Goose Girl’s unbraiding, the Virgin Queen’s coronation splendor, Rapunzel’s tresses – that capture the imagination and are truly evocative of … Continue reading Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Romanticism: Women and Sexuality in ‘Christabel’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) frames Christabel (1816) within Gothicism, extending on the occult forces of the “Other” embodied by women. Coleridge had written on the presentation of female characters in Gothic literature stating that they were either models of ‘trembling innocence’ or of ‘shameless harlotry’[1]. This statement correlates with a view within the sphere of … Continue reading Romanticism: Women and Sexuality in ‘Christabel’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Shakespearean Drama: Analysis of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act I Scene 2

Richard III stands as a historical play in the Shakespearean canon: Playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616) worked this particular episode circa 1592 in a saga pertaining to the ‘Tudor Myth’[1]. Belonging to the First Folio, Richard III closes a tetralogy and charts the ambitions of historical figure King Richard III of England (1452-1485). As part of … Continue reading Shakespearean Drama: Analysis of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act I Scene 2

Toxic Renaissance Relationships in Literature: Beatrice-Joanna and De Flores (The Changeling) and Doctor Faustus and Mephistopheles (Doctor Faustus)

Doctor Faustus (c. 1592) by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) and The Changeling (c. 1622) by Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) and William Rowley (c. 1585-1626) are concerned with human nature, gulling and sin. The relationship’s of Beatrice-Joanna and De Flores in The Changeling and Doctor Faustus and Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus are founded on arrangements which entail the … Continue reading Toxic Renaissance Relationships in Literature: Beatrice-Joanna and De Flores (The Changeling) and Doctor Faustus and Mephistopheles (Doctor Faustus)