Space in King Lear

In Scene 1, Goneril declares that her love for Lear is “dearer than eyesight, space, or liberty” (Shakespeare 1.50). This moment foreshadows the tragedy that subsequently unfolds, where Lear loses all three things that are held to be of immense… Read More ›

Poetic sex in Ming Dynasty erotica

In “Battle in the Bathtub”, an erotic encounter is likened to an aggressive physical confrontation. The poem is important because it brings out the major concerns of The Plum in the Golden Vase through a powerfully vivid sex scene –… Read More ›

The Homeric hero

And there Odysseus lay… plotting within himself the suitors’ death – awake, alert, as the women slipped from the house, the maids who whored in the suitors’ beds each night, tittering, linking arms and frisking as before. The master’s anger… Read More ›