Rebecca for Feminists

Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is not an obvious choice for feminist critique. First, there’s the nameless female narrator searching for an identity and finding it only as “Mrs. De Winter.” Then there’s Rebecca, the obligatory dead woman who launches the whole tale. And then there’s Mrs. Danvers, the manipulative old bat. But Rebecca interests me […]

Virginia Andrews’s Madonna/Whore Complex

As a teenager, I loved to read Virginia Andrews’ books. She was tawdry and trashy, with incest, back-stabbing and promiscuity being her tools of the trade. Recently I’ve been rereading them, and something struck me. Virginia Andrews seems to have had some pretty intense Mummy issues. (Before I go on, I’ll point out that Andrews […]