Shelley's third novel, about the sole survivor of a global plague, draws on the now-outdated miasma theory of disease.
At a time when questions about women's rights in marriage roiled society, women readers took to the pages of cheap books about husband-murdering wives.
In the Decameron of Boccaccio, friends tell one another stories of love to while away the hours of quarantine.
The current vogue for the Amherst poet needs to give credit to the way she readily examined her childhood ideas about fixed and immutable truth.
How do innocuous words become insidious in the face of a public health emergency?
Scholars once doubted that pre-literate peoples could ever have composed and recited poems as long as the Odyssey. Milman Parry changed that.
The rascally cherub has been part of Valentine's Day lore since Chaucer’s time.
People who criticize African American Vernacular English don't see that it shares grammatical structures with more "prestigious" languages.
Jane Austen gave her character Emma Woodhouse plenty of off-putting qualities. So does she even deserve her popularity?
Hint: Branch out from serial killers coming through the window.