Mirrors are a potent image whichever way they turn and twist and distort (and they often do). Continue reading Terrible Fish: Women and Mirrors in Literature
The Turn of the Screw is an excellent book to read if you enjoy feeling confused and upset: for a comparable experience you can take LSD or sit in a tub of spiders. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Continue reading “The Turn of the Screw”: Sex, Ghosts, and… Feminism?
Most of the unpleasant tendencies we attribute to cats have historically been attributed to ill-behaved women: cold, heartless, deceitful, untrustworthy, scheming and self-sufficient. Continue reading On the Demonization of Women and Cats
I understand the appeal of dystopian novels—but the genre is flawed. Continue reading The Problem With Dystopias
From “Hamlet” to “The Bluest Eye”, the troubled history of mentally ill women in literature. Continue reading The History of the “Crazy” Woman in Literature
Why Daisy isn’t the villain of “The Great Gatsby” Continue reading In Defense of Daisy Buchanan
Zora Neale Hurston’s complex take on an abusive relationship still resonates today. Continue reading Tea Cake Must Die: What “Their Eyes Were Watching God” Tells Us About Abusive Relationships