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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The madwoman comes down from the attic

The madwoman is such a common trope in literature it is irresistible, almost compelling to revision her as operating from a base of strength as opposed to weakness--- a madwoman possessed of a consciousness that operates outside of the paradigm, one that is almost magical, sensing the past as well as the future. She is also acutely aware of how “crazy” women are perceived and uses this to her advantage.


  1. Amen to that. I think I employ this a bit in my own life. Between this guise and my self-deprecating woman guise, I'm not sure who I am.

  2. "crazy" used to be my bible until I realized albeit late in life that I might've been handed that script.