How Do We Feel About Jeremy Thorpe? A Brief Review of A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant, England’s quintessential bad boy, has risen to a new level of storytelling. His slope-eyed face and easy wit has drawn me in since Bridget Jones. But there’s something about Grant’s most recent dramatis persona that simultaneously fascinates and repels me. Last Thursday, Amazon Prime released A Very English Scandal, based on the novel…

“She’s most respectably behaved, though foreign and strange in her manners”: Analyzing Hester and Ameerah from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Making of a Marchioness

*This post contains spoilers* Neither imperialism nor colonialism is a simple act of accumulation and acquisition. Both are supported and perhaps even impelled by impressive ideological formations that include notions that certain territories and people require and beseech domination, as well as forms of knowledge affiliated with domination: the vocabulary of classic nineteenth-century imperial culture…

Confirmed Bachelors and Female Companions: Queerness in 18th-Century England

Georgian England (1714 to c. 1830–37, named eponymously after kings George I, George II, George III and George IV ) is defined by its tight-laced bodices and breeches, but more importantly by society’s collective dedication to the rules of propriety. Jane Austen has painted the global image of courting ladies and gentleman, of balls heavily…