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)
“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)
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 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
Marisa Mercurio reviews Tom Ryan's queer YA detective novel I Hope You're Listening: "Thoroughly YA, the thrills are fast-paced, gratifying, and easy to track; it is a book particularly suitable for a gripping weekend escape."
ARB Recommends is a regular column of ARB that covers seasonal catalogs from indie, trade, and academic publishers, highlighting the kinds of books our editors, contributors, and readers want to read. As a publication devoted to radical critical engagement with the world—and devoted to reviewing books and media that do this—it only makes sense for … Continue reading ARB Recommends: From the Duke University Press Fall 2020 Catalog
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