School Violence in Empire Falls

School violence, from the events of Columbine to the more recent Newtown shooting, and the 31 school shootings in between (Shen), is prevalent in American society. Unfortunately, the perpetrators of these crimes are often not noticed – and therefore, never taken care of – prior to the attacks; because the signs of their worsening mental … Read moreSchool Violence in Empire Falls

Entrapment and Escape in Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News and Richard Russo’s Empire Falls

At first glance, the settings of Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News and Richard Russo’s Empire Falls are wildly different. What could Proulx’s bleak Mockingburg and remote Newfoundland possibly have in common with Russo’s decaying Empire Falls and picturesque Martha’s Vineyard? Upon deeper inspection, however, the locations in the novels parallel each other. Portrayed vividly and … Read moreEntrapment and Escape in Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News and Richard Russo’s Empire Falls