Intertextuality + Gilmore Girls, Ep 5

Cinnamon’s Wake (original air date: November 2, 2000)  The title of this week’s episode evokes James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and deaths and funerals frame the episode, from a cousin Lorelai doesn’t know or remember, to Babette’s beloved cat, Cinnamon. Accordingly, the ongoing theme of different kinds of humor, of responses to emotional things and/or tragedy…

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Gaslighting the Reader: “Strong, smart FMCs”

One of the things I do in both my academic and fiction-writing capacities is examine the roles of girls and women in a text. It’s incredibly convoluted, with layers and factors and ideology and stuff, but hey, that’s what makes it fun. In everything from LM Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott’s books to contemporary genre…

Paris est une Fête.

One of the reasons I’ve been lagging with updates is because I just finished corrections on my PhD thesis, and, as celebration, my husband whisked me off to Paris for a week! So, since I’m currently saturated, why not blog about it? Paris is one of those places that is over-the-top cliché, not only in…