This website is a non-profit scholarly blog where I sporadically share reviews, book analyses and summaries, syllabi, teaching materials, and overviews on topics such as literature, young adult fiction, LGBTQ literature, and queer theory. Most of the analyses, criticisms, reviews, and summaries in this blog are meant to illuminate texts and distill complicated concepts in an open and accessible fashion. The secondary purpose of this blog is to provide an open platform in which readers (from academic and non-academic contexts) can discuss and deliberate some of the ideas discussed in its posts.
The title of this blog is taken from E.M. Forster’s novel entitled Maurice, originally published in 1971. This quote is taken from Forster’s discussion of the novel in the book’s afterword, in which he discusses why it was necessary for Maurice to be a gay novel with a happy ending:
A happy ending was imperative. I shouldn’t have bothered to write otherwise. I was determined that in fiction anyway two men should fall in love and remain in it for the ever and ever that fiction allows, and in this sense Maurice and Alec still roam in the greenwood. […] Happiness is its keynote–which by the way has had an unexpected result: it has made the book more difficult to publish.
I found this quote captivating not only because it illustrates Forster’s political agenda when writing the novel, but also because it illustrates the infinite possibilities that can manifest with the creation and consumption of literary texts. Within the scope of the literary, elusive, abstract, and (sometimes) impossible concepts such as eternity and immortality can indeed become possibilities. Even though the purpose of this blog is educational, it is my hope that it is ultimately viewed as a celebration of the human (and non-human) imagination.
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