Sienna Brancato

<i>Alias Grace</i>: Excavating Female Sexuality

Alias Grace: Excavating Female Sexuality

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08/08/2018

Margaret Atwood’s particular brand of dystopian feminism is back in style. With all the hype surrounding the television adaptation of her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, another Atwood adaptation has flown pretty much under the radar. I first read Alias Grace the summer before my senior year of high school, and I was intrigued…

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

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07/30/2018

It’s starting to feel like the collapse of Western civilization is upon us. This week, I read a pocket-sized, 79-page book called The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. I originally bought this book for a class that I ended up dropping my first semester…

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

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06/20/2018

I’ve always had a really close relationship with my dad. We have the same bizarre sense of humor and love of music and movies. I have vivid memories of falling asleep in front of the TV leaning on his shoulder, struggling to keep our eyes open after watching our third movie. I was raised on…

Unshelved: The Power of Speech in Pygmalion

Unshelved: The Power of Speech in Pygmalion

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06/15/2018

So I clearly had a lot of thoughts about Pygmalion. In another article, I wrote about whether I consider Eliza Doolittle to be a feminist role model. But now I want to talk about the politicization of speech and the imposition of behavioral constraints in this novel. Speech plays an essential role in Pygmalion. Eliza,…

Unshelved: Is Eliza Doolittle A Feminist Role Model?

Unshelved: Is Eliza Doolittle A Feminist Role Model?

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06/15/2018

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a bookshelf full of books in your room at home just begging to be read. For holidays and birthdays, family members and friends contemplate gifts and immediately think “book.” You’ve done a fair bit of collecting yourself over the years, as used bookstores seem to be your weakness….

Finding Catharsis Through Entertainment

Finding Catharsis Through Entertainment

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06/14/2018

Ross Geller opens the door and says, “Hey. I just got my teacher evaluations. Check out what this one student wrote. ‘I loved Dr. Geller’s class. Mind-blowing lectures. Dr. Geller, you are definitely the hottie of the paleontology department.’” Chandler Bing responds, “Ah, hotties of the paleontology department. There’s a big-selling calendar, eh?”   It’s…

<i>Fresh Voices</i>: Rebecca Zaritsky on Open Access, Euthanasia, and Mental Health

Fresh Voices: Rebecca Zaritsky on Open Access, Euthanasia, and Mental Health

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03/31/2018

In this episode of Fresh Voices, Opinions Editor Sienna Brancato talks with Rebecca Zaritsky about her recent entry to her column, “Open Access.” The article discusses her grandmother’s death, which leads into a conversation about her experiences with the American public health system, her thoughts on assisted suicide, and chronic illness. Rebecca’s column, “Open Access: On…

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