Literary Heroines Articles

Writing Myself as a Character

February 26, 2016 1:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Alfred Hitchcock was famous, among other things, for his cameo appearances in the films he directed. Cameos are, by definition, brief appearances in a work of the performing arts, and the people play themselves. The topic of this blog is not quite cameo appearances, but it is akin, because I... read more

beauty traps for women

Beauty Traps I

November 11, 2014 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is one sort of beauty trap with which all women are familiar. Another one is literary. The first beauty trap involves the perception of a woman’s beauty, from childhood through old age, both as she regards herself and as she is regarded by others. A woman’s perception of her... read more

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The Chick-Lit Heroine

September 12, 2014 11:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my blog post The Politics of Romance, I sketch out the idea that part of the interest of a romance novel is the way the narrative highlights the sexual politics of the time period of the story. In my blog post The Romance Heroine, I identify two kinds of... read more

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The Romance Heroine

June 5, 2014 11:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are two kinds of romance heroines. (Yes, I just made that move. There are two kinds of people: those who divide the world in two, and those who ….) The first kind is naked aspirational. The second kind is self-sufficient. The two are easy to confuse. Let’s blame the... read more