Advertisements

Category Archive: Realist

Ideal Women of Literature: Attainable Beauty

There’s a reason why I’d rather read a book than look at a fashion magazine.  In case you didn’t know, the women in fashion magazines aren’t real.  I know.  Newsflash!  I cannot compete… Continue reading

Huck Finn’s Truthful Eyes

I once gave a presentation in an undergraduate grammar and usage course about the correct usage of “between you and me.”  Saying “between you and I” is incorrect.  On my handout, I included… Continue reading

Hope, Courage, and Feminism in The Portrait of a Lady

I’m not a big fan of Henry James (1843-1916), pictured below. I’ve dutifully read him for class assignments, but never for pleasure until last fall. My favorite professor, whom I still see often… Continue reading

My Ántonia, My Middle Name

My middle name is Antonia.  It comes from my great grandmother, Antonia Montosa Juanes, who was born in Hawaii to immigrants from Spain.  She married Felix Juanes, from Spain, and had eight children,… Continue reading

Three American Tragedies (1906, 1925, and 2002)

I first read Theodore Dreiser’s masterpiece An American Tragedy (1925) during the summer of 2003.  Little did I know that the story unfolding before me in that book would also play out on… Continue reading