Friday, February 26, 2010


As I shared in my lecture, the literature scholars Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar identify rage as the feeling core of madness. Of course, there are madmen as well as madwomen, and The Wolfman (2010) explores male rage. Fairytale and monster stories of all kinds can be read as explorations of the human psyche and, by looking at Wolfman in this way, we can appreciate the film's speculations about men, women, and rage.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's a Mad, Mad World

Thank you to all who attended my Lecture last Thursday, February 18. Response to the lecture has been so warm--and so plentiful--that it has inspired me to continue the conversation about gender, madness, and creativity here. There is so much more I would like to share with you about the topic. Here is a place we can continue the conversation.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Of Movies, Madness, Wolves, and Men

Movies love to picture madness. Making movies--or watching them--offers a way for the culture to consider every possible variety of madness. Movies let us consider what madness is, what causes madness, what sorts of havoc madness wreaks, what sanity might consist of, and what options we have for avoiding or surviving madness. It's a mad, mad world, and we see why--and what to do about it--whenever we watch movies. Stay tuned for a discussion of The Wolfman, which explores the madness of rage. Men, women, love, and rage.