Category: Guest Post

Shop Talk: using Clothing To Shape Story and Character

n Chaucer and Costume: The Secular Pilgrims in the General Prologue (DS Brewer 2000), Laura Hodges presents in wondrous detail how in “Chaucer’s descriptions of textiles, as well as styles, garments, and accessories worn by his pilgrims… [he] weaves a web of costume signs and fabricates characterizations.” (3) Laura knows something about using clothing to enhance a text, and that is why she has been my go to person regarding medieval clothing ever since we met.

Guest Post: Feminine Mysteries and Candace Robb’s Owen Archer

fictional detectives are modern knight errants. Their good deeds rescue justice from the cruelties of the powerful. Although knightly heroism has been a largely masculine tradition, many types of detective fiction serve a narrative form dedicated to reconciling feminine and masculine energies: the grail quest. Modern mysteries continue the work of medieval romances. Structured around a lost cup or grail, ostensibly that used by Christ, they quest for what was a feminine symbol in ancient fertility rites.

Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth

I am delighted to introduce you to Kim Zarins, author of the YA novel Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Simon Pulse, Sept. 2016), a brilliant retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in a contemporary setting, with the “pilgrims” as high school seniors on a… Continue Reading “Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth”

Shop Talk with Susan Signe Morrison about Grendel’s Mother (2 of 2)

And now, without further ado, talking shop with Susan Signe Morrison, whose novel Grendel’s Mother: the Saga of the Wyrd-Wife is just out from Top Hat Books! Q:  In Grendel’s Mother you use a spare style, no psychological explorations, no in depth descriptions of… Continue Reading “Shop Talk with Susan Signe Morrison about Grendel’s Mother (2 of 2)”

Shop Talk with Susan Signe Morrison about Grendel's Mother (2 of 2)

And now, without further ado, talking shop with Susan Signe Morrison, whose novel Grendel’s Mother: the Saga of the Wyrd-Wife is just out from Top Hat Books! Q:  In Grendel’s Mother you use a spare style, no psychological explorations, no in depth descriptions of… Continue Reading “Shop Talk with Susan Signe Morrison about Grendel's Mother (2 of 2)”