Hester. Emma. Sonia
Joni . Annie . Tracy: A Postmodern Feminist Discourse (in progress, 2021)
This layered narrative highlights three characters from classical literature of the 1850s, written by men with a subtitle of songwriters Joni (Mitchell), Annie (Lennox), and Tracy (Chapman) whose lyrics provide commentary in the marginalia, along with philosophers writings deconstructing the narratives:
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850 with English and Latin text from the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches Hammer, 15th century),
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1856 with French translations and text from Simone deBeauvoir, Virginia Wolff, Hélène Cixous and Catherine Clément,
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866 with Russian translations and text from Simone deBeauvoir, Susan Sontag, and others.
Paintings, drawings, and photographs are included throughout the three sections.
In Susan Sontag’s essay “AIDS and its Metaphors,” (1990), is a reference to the last chapter of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov “dreamt that the whole world was condemned to a terrible new strange plague that had come to Europe from the depths of Asia.” Although still difficult to process, the reference of cholera relates to the current global pandemic.