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Spring Will Come Again: Story, Song, and Sorrow in Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown

Spring Will Come Again: Story, Song, and Sorrow in Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown

“Orpheus with his lute made trees    And the mountain tops that freeze      Bow themselves when he did sing:    To his music plants and flowers    Ever sprung; as sun and showers    There had made a lasting spring.    Every thing that heard him play,    Even the billows of the...
A Classic for Halloween: The Horror Behind Frankenstein’s Monster

A Classic for Halloween: The Horror Behind Frankenstein’s Monster

[Source: Frankenstein by twm1340 on Creative Commons] As Halloween approaches, decorations and displays of classic creatures of the occult such as vampires, werewolves, mummies, and zombies go up on storefronts and homes. Frankenstein is no stranger to it. His combination of green skin, bolts and stitches, staggering height, and strange black and white hair should...
Forgotten Voices: Death and Transformation in Lee Maracle’s Ravensong in Relation to Modern Epidemic

Forgotten Voices: Death and Transformation in Lee Maracle’s Ravensong in Relation to Modern Epidemic

Ravens on the trail” by Abhi Here on Creative Commons “Never again would wolf women serve men in quite the same way again.” (Maracle 2) Lee Maracle’s newly-revived novel, Ravensong, is a quiet but powerful recollection of the sociopolitical impact epidemic has on marginalized communities. Originally written by Maracle in three days, Ravensong was rejected...
Podcasts To Listen When You Don’t Have Time

Podcasts To Listen When You Don’t Have Time

Source: Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash. October is the month of stress for post-secondary students. You could be facing midterm exams and papers in addition to working during the long-weekend or preparing for Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends. While it seems there is never a dull moment, you barely have time to give...
A Bombastic Feminist Blockbuster: Birds of Prey

A Bombastic Feminist Blockbuster: Birds of Prey

[Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Warner Bros.] Superhero films —and blockbusters in general— are overwhelmed with stories about (mostly white) men. This doesn’t mean women are never in them; every so often they’re even allowed to star. However, modern outings of feminist blockbusters (with a few exceptions) have been tepid at best, and hollow “girl-boss”...
The Restorative Powers of Interactive Storytelling

The Restorative Powers of Interactive Storytelling

Source: Photo by: Edwin Hooper on Unsplash.  In these strange times, when social interaction outside of our small social bubble is limited to virtual and socially-distanced spaces, creators of media are driven to experiment with more creative approaches. At the beginning of the pandemic, as we were sequestered inside our individual dwellings, a trend of...