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Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

"At the heart of these essays is not the American cultural obsession with dead (white) girls, but instead the grotesque and brutal experience of living in America while young and female."

Nathalie K.

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Author Alice Bolin
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date 2018-06-26
Section Literary Crit & Biography / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Nathalie K.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780062657145

Named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Bitch Magazine

In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.

Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.

Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture. 

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