Six Myths of Our Time: Little Angels, Little Monsters, Beautiful Beasts, and More
So…I’m a feminist BUT I don’t hate men. I’m a feminist AND I think we need to work to make sure everyone is treated fairly.
Mostly I just hate people. But I try to do it equally.
Anyway, this needs to turn into a book review of Six M ...more
Particularly relevant to all the YA I read was Warner's third essay, "Little Angels, Little Monsters: Keeping Childhood Innocent." So many of the most popular YA - Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The 5th Wave, Twilight, Divergent - end with or prominently feature the idea of the child as a stand-in symbol for hope, for the innocence of the f ...more
This slim collection of essays is just a glimpse of her deep and vast anthropological knowledge of how the stories we choose to tell and re-tell carve out our cultural norms. It's scary how arbitrarily we choose the fairytales we regale to our children. It's strange how surreptitiously misogyny and racism can slither its way into the archetypes within our best-sellers and block-busters. In an era of memes ...more
Of the six essays, the one on masculinity is the most dated and can easily be skipped. The rest are of varying qualities, ...more
She is a professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre at the University of Essex, and gave the Reith Lectures on the BBC in 1994 on the theme of 'Managing Monsters: Six Myths of Our Time.'