Emily Drouillard

Month: March, 2015

Les Citoyennes: The Dichotomy of Women in The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille on July 14. Three months later, women of Paris marched on the palace of Versailles and began a revolution of their own. It marked the beginning of modern feminism, which would last long after Napoléon’s coup ended the revolution in 1799. The significance of the contributions and advancements of women in the French Revolution, most notably the March on Versailles, is juxtaposed by their struggle to rid their status as secondary citizens in the face of evolving legislation. Their involvements mark both a birth of modern feminism and a reaffirmation of the need for said feminism.

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Tim Burton’s Gothic Corpse Bride

Tim Burton, an eccentric looking American with wayward hair and mismatched wardrobe, is renowned for the gothic influence found in nearly all of his art, especially his movies. His 2005 stop-motion animated film Corpse Bride embodies Gothicism so very well that aspects of it seem to be tongue-in-cheek odes to the style. Through his use of visuals including setting and color scheme, as well as the inclusion of archetypal characters and heavy Romanticism, Burton has turned an old story into an incontrovertibly Gothic film. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Juvenile Gothic: A Series of Unfortunate Events and its Relation to Children’s Gothic Fiction

The tridecalogy A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of the most gothic children’s’ book series in print and was a part of the growth of the genre of gothic literature for children. The first novel in the series, The Bad Beginning, was published in 1999, when the movement toward more macabre children’s works was gaining strength. The book is full of both gothic plot and reference, making it a prime example of the ways in which the usually adult-driven literary thirst crossed over to become one also felt by the young. The novels, thanks to their popularity, are in part responsible for the domination of the current children’s literature market by gothic tales.

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