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Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 8.15.14 AMDaenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

Orientalism (Edward Said)

Culture and Imperialism (Edward Said)

“Lady Lazarus” (Sylvia Plath)

“Can the Subaltern Speak?” (Gayatri Spivak)

Elizabeth (dir. Shekhar Kapur)


Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)

Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

Women in Love (D.H. Lawrence)

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (Robert Frost)

The Joy of Sex (Alex Comfort)


Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)

“Ozymandias” (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

The Art of Cruelty (Maggie Nelson)

Chicken Soup for the Soul (Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen)


Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson)

Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Jordan Belfort)


Marty Hart (True Detective)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (Judy Blume)

Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)

The World’s Wife (Carol Ann Duffy)

When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)

“The Wife of Bath” (The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer)


Rust Cohle (True Detective)

Being and Time (Martin Heidegger)

Being and Event (Alain Badiou)

After Finitude (Quentin Meillassoux)

Jane: A Murder (Maggie Nelson)

Serial Killers (Mark Seltzer)

Remainder (Tom McCarthy)

Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog (J.H. Lee)


Roger Sterling (Mad Men)

Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

A Street in Bronzeville (Gwendolyn Brooks)

Good Morning, Midnight (Jean Rhys)

Major Barbara (George Bernard Shaw)

The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)

I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)

Top of the Lake


Joan Holloway (Mad Men)

Rebecca (Daphne de Maurier)

Play It As It Lays (Joan Didion)

My Life (Lyn Hejinian)

Yentl (dir. Barbra Streisand)

Prime Suspect, Series 1


Mellie Grant (Scandal)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Emma (Jane Austen)

Vanity Fair (William Thackeray)

House of Cards

The Good Wife

First Wives Club (dir. Hugh Wilson)


Fitzgerald Grant (Scandal)

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)

“Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror” (John Ashbery)

Black Feminist Thought (Patricia Hill Collins)

The Feminist Difference (Barbara Johnson)

Super Sad True Love Story (Gary Shteyngart)

The West Wing


Lady Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey)

A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf)

Collected Sonnets (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Valley of the Dolls (Jacqueline Susann)

The Adoption Papers (Jackie Kay)


Tom Branson (Downton Abbey)

Dubliners (James Joyce)

Passing (Nella Larsen)

The Political Unconscious (Fredric Jameson)

Under the Feet of Jesus (Helena Maria Viramontes)

Upstairs, Downstairs


Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother)

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

Emma (Jane Austen)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Jacquelyn and Ronjaunee teach English at UCLA. Ronjaunee usually writes about feminine singularity and Jacquelyn usually writes about alphabet books. Their mutual passions are television, cheese, Lacan, and Madame Sosostris.

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