Queer Moon Rising / Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000)

Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000) Marisa Mercurio “Can this happen to a normal woman?” asks an ad playing over the Fitzgerald sisters’ bedroom TV. Their candlelit room centers two beds beside one another, the clinical metal frames personalized with hanging beads and purple tie-dye blankets. Photographs cover the wall between them. … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / Bites and Binaries: Traversing Gender in Ginger Snaps (2000)

Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood Marisa Mercurio Under Review: Fortune Favors the Dead. Stephen Spotswood. Doubleday, 2020. Amid calls for police abolition and budget cuts, scrutiny of American crime media—a genre inspired by police detectives—has yielded further reflections on law enforcement’s pervasiveness within our society. Literary depictions … Continue reading Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)

“Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896) Marisa Mercurio The late nineteenth century in Britain is an era characterized by social-political movements and emergent identities: the demand for suffrage burgeoned with first-wave feminism; the fin-de-siècle Decadent movement declared the imperative of art for art’s sake; the New Woman, lampooned by … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)

Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen Marisa Mercurio Under Review: The Dragon of Ynys. Minerva Cerridwen. Atthis Arts, 2022. Fairy tales don’t age. They belong to an elusive other world in which time moves out of pace with our own. There, the woods still gobble up children … Continue reading Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

Queer Moon Rising / The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981) Marisa Mercurio Content warning: Transphobia is discussed and homophobic language is referred to.  “Now, I’m no longer alone,” croons Bobby Vinton. “Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.” Slow and desirous, the … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das

Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das Marisa Mercurio Across India, in Kolkata and in quiet hinterlands, werewolves roam. And they are taking notes. In Indra Das’s debut novel The Devourers (2015), professor of history Alok Mukherjee encounters a stranger who declares himself half-werewolf. The stranger tasks him with transcribing a … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das

Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread

Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread Marisa Mercurio Tonight, a full moon rises on Halloween night across all time zones in the United States for the first time since 1944. Unleash the werewolf jokes. Trick-or-treaters, pack your silver bullets: that’s not your dog howling. Although neither glamorous like vampires nor as neat a metaphor … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread