ByKatharine Beutner

Katharine Beutner is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, where she teaches about and writes historical fiction, among other things. Her first novel, Alcestis, is a queer retelling of the myth of a Mycenaean queen who went to the underworld in her husband's place.

  1. A relation of past events brings you up against events and mentalities that, should you choose to describe them, would bring you to the borders of what your readers could bear. The danger you have to negotiate is not the dimpled coyness of the past—it is its obscenity. —Hilary Mantel, the Guardian, Saturday 17 October 2009

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