Frankenstein and the Meanings of “Monster”

Last year, I took this course on ‘Fantasy and Science Fiction’ on Coursera. And one of the books we discussed was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—a book that I’d read before and which turned out to be very different from what I’d expected. One of the things discussed (in the course) was the meaning of the word…

Lots of “Laughing” and no “Grief”: the Alice Books and Lewis Carroll’s Play on Words

The “Alice Books”—Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Saw There may have their hidden meanings and puzzles which one may need an annotated edition to figure out, but one of my favourite things about these books, which never fails to delight even a casual reader like me, is Lewis Carroll’s…