This issue is devoted to a single article on Wilkie Collinsís The Moonstone. Its reputation as one of the first examples of the detective novel is faint praise for a work whose powers of plotting and character analysis deserve its placement with the finest of Victorian novels. Its use of the aesopian mode, where points critical of peopleís sexuality, their characters, and the state of England in general, is made in an allusive way, helps to understand why it has not received its full measure of appreciation much less a satisfactory resolution of who did what to whom, which is, after all, the crux of any mystery novel.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.