The Marquis de Sade, canon of cruelty and archdeacon of disgust, could hardly be described as a poster boy for the empowerment of women. Nonetheless, it is this outlandish idea that is put forward by Angela Carter in her brutally uncompromising and upsettingly lucid treatise The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1979).
In a much-forgotten episode at the end of Homer’s Odyssey, twelve maids are mercilessly hanged for doing what women must in order to survive. Penelope, unraveller of shrouds and refuser of suitors, who patiently waits twenty years for her husband Odysseus to finish fighting and shagging his way around the Aegean, tells their story, and hers, in this radical feminist reinterpretation of The Odyssey.
A harrowing portrait of mental illness displayed for the male gaze, this gothic psychological drama set in Victorian Paris is like plunging into a beautiful, mesmeric dream where the mad ultimately inherit the earth.
This is a difficult novel, full of pain and agony. If you have lost a loved one, you probably shouldn’t read it, and yet probably should. In President Lincoln, you will see yourself, and Willie will become for you the spitting image of the loved one you lost.
Greenwich, 1871. On an unlit lane traversed by a brook, a policeman finds a young woman who has been so viciously beaten that she is barely recognisable as a human being. She later dies of her injuries. The brutality of the act, the ineptitude of police, and the rock-solid Victorian class system will lead to…
With beautiful cinematography, fine performances and an occasionally impressive script, Godless never quite succeeds at making us take it as seriously as it clearly takes itself.
A striking novel of love, discovery and the culture of cold, To the Bright Edge of the World brings nineteenth-century Alaska to searing, glorious life.
Dumbledore is gay, Grindelwald is messianic, Leta is a Lestrange trapped by her own lineage and the Niffler is back with all his usual gold-seeking badassery. Squeee! Let’s dive right in!
The thumb twiddling, nail biting, destructive hypothesising and other such nefarious activities that Vikings fans have been engaged in for months have finally come to an end with the release of the first Season 5B trailer at Comic Con. In this article, Her Ladyship will provide a brief synopsis of the action, then a detailed analysis using…
Television’s golden age hit an unexpected low on the 12th July when the announcement of this year’s Emmy nominees failed to include AMC’s masterful The Terror in a single category. Her Ladyship is not amused, and proposes nine categories in which the series could easily have been, and deserves to be, nominated. Outstanding Drama Series….