In her first book, Cote draws on her academic interest in Victorian literature and her professional experience as a former contributing writer at Jezebel to explore how patriarchal culture from the nineteenth century to the present has stifled and cramped women’s lives. Looking at how women have been demonized for “excessive” behavior—whether talking too much, laughing too loud, taking up too much space, or expressing too much desire—Cote profiles transgressive figures ranging from Jane Eyre and Lizzie Bennet to Lana Del Ray and Britney Spears. As she did in her Los Angeles Review of Booksweb site essay on Taylor Swift and Victorian female friendship, Cote offers a truly revelatory account of female intensity. Cote will be in conversation with Caitlin Gibson,aWashington Post feature writer.
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