Monthly Archives: July 2014

Always already perfect: beauty and female characters in fantasy books

What makes a fantasy book? The Wikipedia page contains not so much a definition as a list of the genre’s most common features: magic and other supernatural phenomena, imaginary settings, magical creatures, elements of mythology and folklore. But there’s another … Continue reading

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Book review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

Feminists have been reading, and re-reading, The Left Hand of Darkness for a long time. Ursula LeGuin herself has gone back to the book and its setting more than once, re-conceptualising its portrayal of gender as her feminism developed alongside and through her … Continue reading

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