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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

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Genre Self-Reference in Romance Novels

December 17, 2014 10:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ekphrasis is a venerable rhetorical device in which one work of art refers to another considered worthy of time and attention. The classic example is the description in the Iliad of the magnificent shield Achilles uses in his fight with Hector. Although the term ekphrasis is usually applied to cases where... read more

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BDSM: The Forest Breeze Series

September 5, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Stories in the flourishing BDSM subgenre feature clubs with elaborate etiquette and protocols. There are strict rules for how subs address Doms. Subs tend to arrive in proper undress, and they leave their shoes at the door. Play is confined to designated areas. Any scening outside of those areas is... read more