In Defense of Antoinette Cosway Mason, the Original Mrs. Rochester

In Defense of Antoinette Cosway Mason, the Original Mrs. Rochester

Pop Culture

That moment when you’re walking down the aisle and then find out that your groom was not only already married the entire time you were dating, but had his wife stuffed in the attic WHILE YOU WERE LIVING IN THAT SAME HOUSE. Right? No? Exactly, no. Because no one with a bare-bones sense of humanity would actually do that. I’m sending that poor woman a fruit basket with a key hidden under the pineapple, an escape map of the Rochester grounds, and a machete in case she wants to get revenge on her way out. Before I found out about …

What Does it Mean to “Decolonize Your Bookshelf”?

What Does it Mean to “Decolonize Your Bookshelf”?

Book Culture

Many among us are obsessed with the state of our bookshelves. We meticulously organize, arrange, and decorate our personal libraries according to varying criteria: author, title, color, height, etc. But how often have you paused to consider how those books made it to your bookshelf? Have you ever read between the lines of one of your favorite works and found something troubling? And how often have you stopped to wonder about the classic works accepted into the Western literary canon and why they’re there?   Those of us who have ever studied postcolonial theory have, at the very least, a cursory …