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What do Norse runes, cyborgs, absurdist drama, and Pudd'nhead Wilson have in common? I've written essays on each one. Below, is a selection of essays on a wide range of literary, historical, and political subjects. Many were written during my years at university, including my Master's thesis. Just as the books on my shelf map my journeys as a reader, these essays demonstrate one aspect of my evolution as a writer. At its core, each essay is the product of careful reading and solid scholarship.  The essays are available in rich text format (.rtf).

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 Science Fiction

Borders, Scribes, and Subjects: Renegotiating the Boundaries of Subjectivity in the Novels of Neal Stephenson and Octavia E. Butler  (Master's thesis)

Transcendence and Technology in William Gibson's Neuromancer


"Miss Julie" and Its Preface: Foundation of a Critical Conflict

Cannibals and Vampires in Aeschylus and O'Neill

Rhythm and Blues: Strindberg's Chamber Plays

The Tether in "Waiting for Godot"

Creon in Sophocles' and Anouilh's "Antigone"

Truth and Order in Ionesco's "Bald Soprano"

Colonial Language in Two "Tempests"

Alternate Endings in Anouilh's "Medea"

Otherness in Euripedes' and Soyinka's "Bacchae"

Truth and Tieresias in Sophocles' and al-Hakim's "Oedipus"

Attention Must Be Paid: Miller and Marx

 Postmodern fiction

Metaphors of Gravity and Geometry: Memory and Meaning in Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Memory in Morrison's Beloved

The Value of Narrative in Silko's Ceremony

Individual Identity in Roth's The Ghost Writer

Beyond Reason in Robinson's Housekeeping

Symbolic Deconstruction in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49

Death and Dying in DeLillo's White Noise

 19th century literature

Brass Filings and Golden Treasures: Identity and Autonomy in Pudd'nhead Wilson and "The Mysterious Stranger"

Masks and Paradox, Passion and Joy: An Analysis of Chesterton and Nietzsche

Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman: The Natural and the Language of Social Protest

The Problem of Evil in the Works of Melville and Emerson

 18th century literature

A Question of Reality: An Analysis of Rasselas and Candide As Social Criticism

Narrative and Narrator: An Analysis of Joseph Andrews

 17th century literature

Worlds Turned Inside Out: The Public and Private Utopias of Margaret Cavendish and Sir Thomas More

 Medieval literature

Crossing Magical Boundaries: Warriors, Tests, and Mysterious Mounds in The Four Branches of the Mabinogi and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

"O blynde worlde! O blynde entencioun!": Narrative Frames and Interpretive Models in "Troilus and Criseyde"

The Power of Pandarus in "Troilus and Criseyde"

Images of Love in "Troilus and Criseyde"


Unity of Being, Reason, and Sensibility: William Butler Yeats Aesthetic Vision

A Defense of Whitman


Silent Voices: Women in the Middle Ages

Luther and Anti-Semitism

Runes: Spiritual Anchor to the Germanic World

 Politics and the novel

Kitsch and Its Opposition

Power and the Subject

Nietzsche's Niche: Accepting Shit

Economic Domination and the Function of Art

Eros, Conqueror or Conquered: Sex, Politics, and the Post-Colonial Predicament

The Law in Kafka's The Trial

 Literary Criticism

Imitation and Literature

Imagination and Literature

Plato, Aristotle, and Mimesis

Literature and Virtue in Sidney's "Apology for Poetry"

Diagnostic Dialogue: A Survey of Three Literary Critics

A Postmodern Primer

Deconstructionist Literary Criticism

Feminist Literary Criticism

Formalist Literary Criticism

Freudian Literary Criticism

Marxist Literary Criticism

New Literary Criticism

Pragmatic Literary Criticism


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