Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl
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2d ago
Two minutes and thirty-seven seconds of grit, confidence, and indignation characterise Bikini Kill’s 1993 classic Rebel Girl. But the unpolished vocals and fiery riffs perhaps stand in contrast to the song’s empowering lyrics, with the band proposing a new feminine ideal, that of the ‘Riot Grrrl ..read more
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Eileen Chang and Her Critical Feminism
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1w ago
Through her literary works, Chinese novelist Eileen Chang (1920 –1995) brings her readers into a world of matrimony, romance, familial relationships, and the destiny of women residing in patriarchal societies. Unlike works  produced during the May Fourth Movement, Chang's novels refrain from making a singular critique of society dominated by men. Rather, her writings permit women to act as themselves, revealing their own contradictions, repressions, self-confrontations, and even the more sinister facets of their own ugly selves and deformities ..read more
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Critiquing Slavery in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko 
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by BluestockingOxford
2w ago
By Cameron Bowman Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko is a text like no other. Probably the first English language novel, its major theme is a subject rarely discussed in the late seventeenth century: the morality of the transatlantic slave trade. When Behn wrote Oroonoko in 1688, the British were still relative newcomers to the transatlantic slave trade ..read more
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Graceland and Gilded Cages: Sofia Coppola’s Feminine Framing of Priscilla Presley 
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by BluestockingOxford
3w ago
The success of the recent publication Sofia Coppola’s Archive (2023) reflects powerfully on Coppola’s particular directorial appeal. The art book consists of alluring behind-the-scenes snapshots from the sets of her over two decades-long career as a writer and director. She also adds snippets of the visual inspirations behind her work, a particularly significant inclusion as she frequently credits individual, strong images as her imaginative starting point for a new project. The prominence of the curated image in Coppola's creative practice showcases her suitability to direct films, such as he ..read more
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Emily Wilson’s Iliad: Myth, Translation, and Gender in the Homeric Epics
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by BluestockingOxford
1M ago
The Iliad and the Odyssey are regarded as foundational works of Western storytelling, relaying the tale of the Trojan War and the attempts of its hero, Odysseus, to return home in its aftermath. Communicating these works in translation, however, often yields different results from each translator. Emily Wilson, an author and Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, is the latest to tackle this challenge, with translations of the Odyssey (2017)  and the Iliad (2023 ..read more
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Margaret Thatcher, Neoliberalism and Friedrich Hayek
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by BluestockingOxford
2M ago
Thatcher maintained throughout her life that Hayek’s famous Road to Serfdom, which she read while an undergraduate at Oxford, had a profound impact on her thinking. Road to Serfdom is Hayek’s account of the fall of Weimar Germany, in which he argues that the introduction of democratic socialism—e.g. a planned economy where the people voted on the plan—would always lead towards totalitarian thinking, including the rise of National Socialism in Germany ..read more
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Headline Warrior: The Provocative Art of Barbara Kruger
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by BluestockingOxford
2M ago
Punchy, loud and readily available, Barbara Kruger makes art for an age that is, in her words, a 'car crash of narcissism and voyeurism ..read more
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‘A landmark in my memory’: Vernon Lee and il Palmerino
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by BluestockingOxford
3M ago
A cosmopolitan aesthete, a feminist pacifist, and a sharp wit, Lee was an art historian, literary critic, and fiction writer who lived in a picturesque villa near Florence between 1906 and 1935. Lee attributed the mystical aura of her house to what she described as its intimate sense of history rather than to its architectural features or its geographical environment, but today’s visitors find that its allure has as much to do with its tenant.  ..read more
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Mary Tudor, Fashion, and Influence: The Political Implications Inherent in Portrait of Queen Mary I
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by BluestockingOxford
3M ago
Royal portraiture was a means of propaganda before the invention of photography because it could be displayed for important political figures and guests to see, and it could convey a subliminal message to this targeted audience based on what the royal who was depicted wished to convey to key political influences. Examining the fashion choices of Queen Mary I in this portrait reveals how these fashion choices conveyed a certain message to her targeted audience about her power, status, and wealth as the queen of England ..read more
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Mrs. Humphry Ward and the ‘Forward Policy’
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by BluestockingOxford
4M ago
Mary A. Ward was one of the most successful women in fin-de-siècle Britain. Under her pen name, ‘Mrs. Humphry Ward’, she achieved significant fame as a novelist in the early twentieth century: the international publication of her novels both propelled her into the role of breadwinner for her family, a position rarely occupied by women in this period, and granted her extensive opportunities for world travel ..read more
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