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What makes Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) a magnet to both the general
public and scholars worldwide? We will argue in the present paper that the answer to
this question lies not in matters of style and literary refinement or in the way in which
human passions are rendered, but rather in...
Deep pain and exuberant joy are the two extremes of Mary Shelley’s biography. In
order to understand the genesis of the enigmatic Frankenstein and its remarkable
creator, as well as its legacy, we need to focus on the intricate network of events in
this author’s life and on the complexities of...
The American writer Tracy Chevalier – an English resident since 1984 – bridges a
multicultural gap through her novel The Virgin blue (1997). In this narrative, the
16th-century French Isabelle du Moulin, a profound believer in God and the Virgin
Mary, is affectively connected to the 20th-century...
This essay is an attempt to uncover the hidden strategies underlying the use of
numbers and quantities in order to reach certain social or political aims. Though
statistics is invaluable, its effect can be deceptive since it is a symptom of the
quantification of living processes which eventually...
The following paper aims to review the extensive analysis offered by Istvan Csicsery-
Ronay Jr. in The seven beauties of science fiction (2008) on the varied points of
confluence the science fiction genre has with the arts and the sciences, with history,
linguistics and sociology. He proposes...
The following is a book review of Hugo Kükelhaus’s Inhuman architecture: from
animal battery to information factory. The book, first published in German by
Kükelhaus in 1972 (Köln: Gaia Verlag), was translated into English and published by
Elmar Schenkel in 2007 (Auroville, India: Studio...
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