Month: January 2021

A photograph of novelist Naomi J. Miller

Imperfect Alchemist: Writing Women’s Voices

Many popular novels about Renaissance women picture them in relation to powerful men. One need look no further than the steady stream of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, perpetuating a phenomenon that I have named the “Noah’s ark approach,” which positions women in dependent relation to famous men. Contemporary readers of historical fiction …

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Naomi Miller ’81 Reimagines Life of Literary Trailblazer Mary Sidney

The book: A novel set in 16th-century England, Imperfect Alchemist (Allison & Busby) by Naomi Miller ’81 reimagines the life of Mary Sidney, one of Shakespeare’s literary contemporaries, and her maid, Rose Commin. From vastly different social backgrounds, they share a drive to make their own way in the world. Working against gender norms to …

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