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November 7, 2018
The 2011 National Theatre stage adaptation of Frankenstein, written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, highlights a construction of masculinity that relies on and normalizes violence against women. Though Shelley’s narrating scientist only briefly mentions his interactions with his female creature and brushes over his fiancée’s death, on stage, Victor performs necrophilic acts to taunt his creation/counterpart. Later, he and the audience watch while the creature rapes and then murders Elizabeth in a brutal simulacrum of sexual climax. These scenes of violence against women, performed frankly, do not allow for the possibility of emotional recovery or resolution on the part of the audience, but instead become a parody of desire and agency. They thus reinforce violent stereotypes as the basis of toxic masculinity.
October 19, 2018
Dongho Cha's two articles, “Assimilation, Self-Identity, American Racism: Korean Americans as Labor” and "“Aesthetic Autonomy and the Free Market: Literalism and Materialism in Gary Pak’s The Watcher of Waipuna and Chang-dong Lee’s There’s a Lot of Shit in Nokcheon,” have been accepted for publication in Midwest Quarterly and Comparative Literature Studies.
October 18, 2018Goergen published a short essay reading Brett Kavanaugh's love of beer through the lens of the history of addiction and eighteenth-century drinking cultures.
September 26, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow had divergent careers in different locations--Rawlings in backcountry Florida and Glasgow in urban Virginia--yet their correspondence on life and writing reveals one of the great literary friendships of the South. Rawlings felt such admiration for Glasgow that she spent the last year of her life compiling materials for Glasgow's biography, a work she never completed. Lear draws on the documents Rawlings collected about Glasgow, Rawlings's personal notes, and letters between the two writers to describe the experiences that brought them together.
Lear shows that Rawlings and Glasgow shared a love of nature and social activism, had complex relationships with their parents and siblings, and prioritized their professional lives over romantic attachments. They were both classified as writers of regional works and juvenilia by critics, and Lear traces their discussions about how to respond to the opinions of book reviewers. Both were also forced to confront a new, quickly modernizing America, which at times clashed with their traditional values and naturalistic lifestyles. This is a fascinating portrait of a friendship that sustained two women writers in a time of social upheaval and changing norms in the American South.
July 2, 2018Drs. Nicole Lobdell and Michael Griffin co-edited the latest special issue of Science Fiction Studies.
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