Maidens, Mistresses, Mothers, and More: Archetypes in The Epic of Gilgamesh

In ye olden times, we had real women.  Women with long flowing hair who were properly grateful to be protected and provided for.  These women knew feminine strength was their inherently emotional disposition, which is why they always make such caring mothers—it’s in their nature!  Yes, back at the beginning, there were no frivolities like gender politics.  Everybody lived as they were born: according to the great Freud, their “anatomy” was their “destiny.”

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Rewriting Witches: Evaluating the Renditions of Circe and Sabrina

The Halloween witching season has come but not gone because apparently—it is here to stay. Over the past few years, witches have been claiming more space in social conversations and creative productions. In the literary and cinematic spheres, witches are either sparking new stories, embodying good or evil, or both at once (the best kind), and demanding fresh takes on old tales.

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The Monster Behind the Monsters: H.P. Lovecraft and the Search for a Divide Between the Art and the Artist

Written by Alex Taylor As all fans of H.P. Lovecraft know, liking and enjoying his work is often paradoxical. Reading and discussing his stories is an exercise in both enthusiasm and restraint—praise and deprecation. Being a Lovecraft fan is at once an exciting entryway into a mysterious mythos and an indefensible position. While the indescribable…

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Is Female Villainy All That Bad? Or, the Disappointing Heroines of the Fairy Tales Grimm

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos Looking for heroines in the fairy tales Grimm can get very discouraging. Those few women who do have agency still fail—to my contemporary standards, at least—to qualify as heroines. Women in these stories do not ask for what they want (they probably don’t even know what they want as they …

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Tracking Witches from the Forest to the Home: Bewitched and the Fairy Tales Grimm

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos The realm of magic was always governed by women. Women are nymphs, they are jealous goddesses; they are lustful and vengeful monsters like Medusa, and dangerous women yielding destructive power like Pandora. In fairy tales they are witches, they are crones, they are evil stepmothers and hags. The norm in…

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