LitLab: Revenge Feminism


Friday, April 2, 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm


Convenor(s): Madi Fabber

The post-MeToo landscape has given rise to shows and stories created by women that explore the aftermath of sexual assault.  At times borrowing from the conventions of the detective story or thriller, these works depict women protagonists who take the quest for justice and vengeance into their own hands. We will consider the social significance of this new "revenge feminism" and consider how it updates pre-existing narratives of trauma, punishment, healing, and recovery.

Warning: these shows concern sexual assault and its aftermath
Watch Emerald Fennell’s A Promising Young Woman  (Links to an external site.)
Ottessa Moshfegh, excerpt from Eileen (Links to an external site.)

Optional Additional Viewing/Reading:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Sophie Gilbert, (review) "Promising Young Woman Sets a Ravishing Trap (Links to an external site.)." The Atlantic.