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Romance Novels Are Feminist TEDtalk: Critical Linking, November 20, 2019

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“Jessica Lyn Van Slooten, an Associate Professor of English, Writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (Go Green Bay), delivered an amazing TEDtalk about the importance of romance novels and how they can absolutely be feminist despite how they are lambasted in popular culture.”


“‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.’

This West African proverb is attributed to Nigerian writer and professor, Chinua Achebe. The proverb appeared in his 1958 publication and has several variations, but the intent is the same.

A new book about one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement tells the story from the lions’ point of view.”

Hear them roar.

“Bryson makes steady progress until he runs into the word glomerulonephritis, which he can’t get his tongue around. He backs up to the beginning of the sentence, as if preparing to charge at a thicket, but when he reaches the word it defeats him again. “Fucking hell,” he says, under his breath.”

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