Author Archives for Julie Tetel Andresen


Gold in the Mayan Highlands

March 26, 2015 6:36 pm Published by 1 Comment

For thousands of years the K’iche’ people, Mayan speakers, have revered the golden kernels belonging to a plant known as maize. Their sacred stories tell of the first humans who were fashioned from the bread made from these kernels and who were given the gift of language. More recently a... read more


Motoring around Saigon: Book Research

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm Published by 1 Comment

In 2012 I spent six months in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. My goal, as a linguist, was to overcome my fear of a tone language. Vietnamese is a language with six tones. Yikes! I took private lessons at a Vietnamese language school four hours a day, five days... read more

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast and BDSM

February 23, 2015 9:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Among the trailers shown before Fifty Shades of Grey this past weekend was the upcoming Disney remake of Cinderella. And, by the way, Fifty Shades itself is a kind of retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The question is: How many times can Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast be remade?... read more

sensitive nerves

Sensitive Nerves and Romance Novels

February 20, 2015 10:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The things that cause an individual or a society discomfort and anxiety often provoke ridicule, scorn, and/or disregard. Romance novels provoke all three responses. They touch sensitive nerves. Note: I have addressed the ridicule in On the Term ‘Bodice Ripper,’ the scorn in Five Myths About Romance Novels, and the disregard... read more

authorial distance

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. The interview made me aware of the differences in authorial distance. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the... read more

outrageous reversals

Outrageous Reversals, Sex and Romance Novels

February 6, 2015 10:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

I’ve just finished Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions by Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, who writes: ”We must acknowledge the highly ambivalent status of sex in all human societies, with all sorts of disclaimers, secrecy, and repression, and the concomitant possibility of... read more