• Feminist Book Review,  Literary Book Review

    Milk Blood Heat

    My Review: Love requires a bareness, a certain pliability, and I didn’t thrill at the possibility of being transformed or wiped away.Milk Blood Heat is quite simply a stunning short story collection and an impressive debut. The stories in this collection felt as hot and sticky as the Florida sun, filled with complicated characters and the less-than-perfect lives that they lead. Having spent years living in Florida I felt at home while reading these stories, the microaggressions from the largely white middle-class inhabitants were deeply relatable. The stories in this collection were all about power struggles; between mother and daughter, husband and wife, brother and sister. The titular Milk Blood…

  • Feminist Book Review,  Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

    My Review: The monstrous-feminine resurfaces as a potent threat to the patriarchal order, revealing the futility of mechanisms designed to delimit and constrain female bodies and behaviors.Feminist theory and Japanese horror media, two of my favorite things all wrapped up in one book. I couldn’t help but pick this book up, the premise sounded incredibly interesting and as a research topic, it is. As far as reading though, it is definitely an academic text because this book is meaty. Dumas covers a number of both popular and lesser-known pieces of Japanese literature and video game. She covers a wide range of media types and analyzes the social commentaries contained within…

  • Feminist Book Review,  Poetry Book Review

    The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One

    My Review: I knew I was in for a mixed bag with this one, having seen very divided opinions on Lovelace’s first collection, The Princess Saves Herself in this One. Reviews of her work seem to be extremely hit or miss, with some hailing the poetry for being relatable and moving, while others condemn it as not real poetry. I decided to give Lovelace’s work a try to see what all the fuss was about, deciding to be open-minded about the format and seeing if the content of the poems would convince me. I can’t say I’m surprised with how I ended up feeling about the work, but I was…