Drama queens: why it’s all about women and power on screen right now

Saturday 22 July 2017

Professor Sarah Churchwell, public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES), uncovers fantastical tales with women at their centre. Writing in the Guardian Review, she acknowledges the growing appetite of audiences for allegorical stories about women with political and moral authority, from George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones to Wonder Woman and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, while exploring the arguments about whether ‘they are as feminist as they think they are, or as some viewers thought they were, or ought to be.’