Letter from the Faculty Director, Summer/Fall 2018
Welcome back to Apollon for Volume 8! This issue sees the passing of another torch: not only from our seniors Will, Jess, and Lydia, but also from Berea College to Fairfield University. This letter will be my last as the faculty director of Apollon... Read More
Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber” is a touchstone of postmodern fairy tale revisions, deftly marrying the latent content of Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” with her entrancing and opulent prose. She boldly addresses the sexuality, gender relations, and biblical comparisons inherent in Perrault’s tale in her prose, particularly by blending allusions to Judeo-Christian figures with sadomasochistic practices. Carter expands upon these elements present in “Bluebeard,” while keeping her focus on the representation of villainous Bluebeard and his abuses towards the innocent bride.
In Vox Editorials
By Rachael Malstead
Langston Hughes chronicled the spirit, fervor, and intensity of the Harlem Renaissance as only an artist can. In his short story collection, The Ways of White Folks, Hughes concerns himself with the downtrodden, the poor and lonely, the black and oppressed. The transcendent insight into the human condition that crafts this anthology is unique to an author of genius.
By David York
Joshua Guthman’s book, Strangers Below: Primitive Baptists and American Culture, tells the story of a small, fairly obscure, group of Southern Calvinistic Christians called the Primitive Baptists (as the title well implies). Although Guthman’s book uses the Primitive Baptists to trace a part of the American Calvinist experience in order to demonstrate how it shaped the Second Great Awakening and the post-World War II folk revival, Strangers Below also demonstrates that the Bible Belt was formed in the fire of religious schism.
The rise of militant jihadist organizations in the Middle East is often thought of in simplistic and blanketed terms. Unfortunately, diverse and distinct groups, such as Hezbollah and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, are grouped into a single category, and are often explained in broad terms.
Modernity is a concept, period, idea, etc., that has been explored ad nauseam. Defining it seems to be an impossible task; scholars have been debating when it began and when it ended (if it even ended at all) for at least 100 years.