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The Scribbling Women Complex

In a January 1868 letter to her mother, Louisa May Alcott evaluated her finances for the coming year. “My plan will work well,” she...

Never Let Me Go and the Human Condition

I teach college English, which means that I spend a lot of time telling people not to write papers about “the human condition.” The...

Reading in Stealth, or My Life in Animorphs

Today, there is plenty of young adult literature aimed at trans kids, or starring trans characters. Ok, maybe not plenty, but there’s some: George...

War & Peace & Letting Go of “The Great Man Theory”

On a cold, snowy night in January of 2016, I sat curled up in front of a crackling fire at my childhood home in...

Leslie’s House of Nightmares

Early in the fifth book of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, Anne’s House of Dreams, the title character—just married to her true...

Team Madame Merle

Warning: This is an article replete with Portrait of a Lady spoilers, and that will actually piss you off if you haven’t read the...