Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Subashini Navaratnam

Subashini Navaratnam is a copywriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who occasionally blogs. She can also be found on Twitter and Tumblr, ambivalently awaiting the devil’s coming.


Columns

Sunday, April 29 2012

Enjoy Orientalism-Lite with 'Stranger Magic'

Stranger Magic is an exhaustive compendium of the various tales in the Arabian Nights collection, as well as a robust and energetic investigation into how these stories of “Oriental” myth and folklore have seeped into the European imagination from the 18th century onward.


Sunday, June 5 2011

Cinderella May Have Eaten Peggy Orenstein's Daughter, But Who Ate Cinderella?

All the expertise in the world doesn’t prepare a parent to face the vagaries of American culture that lays itself pink, shiny, and bejewelled at the feet of a young girl.


Thursday, February 17 2011

Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City

The essays included in this fine, wide-ranging, thought-provoking volume take pains to remind the reader how every instance of urban dystopia – whether in Mexico, India, Africa or the United States – is shadowed by the particular history and legacy of its geography, culture, and society.


Reviews

Monday, April 28 2014

The Perils of 'Dressing Dangerously'

Jonathan Faiers explores the "negative cinematic wardrobe" through a detailed reading of classic and mainstream films of American and British cinema.


Thursday, February 20 2014

'Do Muslim Women Need Saving?'

This is an elegant, concise book on the entanglement of feminism with imperialism by a foremost anthropologist in her field.


Monday, November 25 2013

'Popular Culture in Asia' Affixes a Select, Predictable Focus

It doesn’t seem enough that our conversations about pop culture only take one of two opposing poles: how it corrupts people totally and leads to “moral problems” and solipsism, or how it provides means of “agency” and “empowerment” and new ways of envisioning freedom.


Thursday, November 21 2013

Charles Dickens's Catherine Havisham, Virgin Queen of Satis House

The madwoman, whether in the attic or the ancestral house, is always a spectacle. I find Miss Havisham to be a troubling enigma.


Wednesday, November 13 2013

A Masterwork of Dutch Art Ties Together a Novel About Death, Loss, and Living

Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch, asks "What do you do when you're saddled with a self you do not want?"


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