I know you don’t want to hear this right now, but beauty does exist. Continue reading Betty Smith, Coffee, and the Existence of Beauty.
Especially right now, when we feel like we’ve got to care all the time about everything, the sociopath’s nonchalance is both the most evil and enchanting thing about them. Continue reading The Evil Appeal of Sociopaths in Literature
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?
If you mapped every neural-pathway in my brain, would you know what it’s like to be me? Continue reading The Unknowability of Knowing: What Qualia Can Tell Us About the Arts
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
Daphne du Maurier’s novel illustrates some of society’s deepest fears about women. Continue reading Is “Rebecca” Sexist?
An examination of Shirley Jackson’s enduring masterpiece. Continue reading The Subtle Horror of “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”
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