Category: Writing Women’s Lives

What is a witch?

I’ve been exploring what it means to label someone a “witch”, not in the sense of name-calling, but when claiming that someone practices “witchcraft”. That depends on when and where it occurs, and who is doing the labeling. So what was going on with the idea of a witch in Magda’s time?

Q&A with Dr. Constance Hoffman Berman, author of The White Nuns

I am delighted to expand on my brief review of The White Nuns: Cistercian Abbeys for Women in Medieval France (University of Pennsylvania Press 2008) by interviewing the author, Dr. Constance Hoffman Berman to celebrate Women’s History Month. First, so that you need not… Continue Reading “Q&A with Dr. Constance Hoffman Berman, author of The White Nuns”

Q&A with the editors of Bad Girls & Transgressive Women

And now for some fun with Julie Chappell and Mallory Young, the editors of Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film. While gathering my thoughts and impressions to compose a review of the clever and timely anthology they’d assembled, I… Continue Reading “Q&A with the editors of Bad Girls & Transgressive Women”

Bad Girls and Transgressive Women—Review!

Are you looking for a provocative collection of essays for your syllabus this fall? Take a look at Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film, edited by Julie A. Chappell and Mallory Young (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). The title caught my… Continue Reading “Bad Girls and Transgressive Women—Review!”

Casting a Female Sleuth in a Historical Crime Series

As promised, I’m sharing with you the three guest posts I wrote for the recent Kate Clifford blog tour, knowing that many of you would not have seen them. Here is the second, which first appeared here. I remember the day my new sleuth,… Continue Reading “Casting a Female Sleuth in a Historical Crime Series”