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Outlander's Sassenachs: Essays on…

Outlander's Sassenachs: Essays on Gender, Race, Orientation and the…

by Valerie Estelle Frankel

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This book is a collection of really interesting articles breaking down different categories of things including gender and race in the Outlander series. I enjoyed several of the articles, especially the comparison of Highlanders and Native Americans. Not ordinarily something one might think of when reading these books so I thought it was an interesting article with some insightful ideas. ( )
  pennma05 | May 10, 2017 |
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Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander will enjoy this work, which critically explores themes of diversity, masculinity, feminism, and other topics within the novels and television show. While this is an academic text (complete with full citations), many of the essays are quite readable and make compelling and thoughtful arguments about the characters and their worlds. My favorite essays lay at the beginning and end of the book; the comparison of Highlander culture with the Native American experience is fascinating, and the feminist lens by which Claire (and the female reader) views sexual violence against women continues to reframe some key scenes for me. As someone who has read the books several times and watches the show, reading these essays has brought some of the material into a new perspective. Highly recommend! ( )
  strongstuff | Apr 1, 2017 |
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Outlander’s Sassenachs is a series of essays that examines the Outlander series (both the book and the series) exploring its place in terms of gender (particularly the meaning of feminism), race and sexual orientation. The text is really an academic exploration of both the book and series—looking at themes of racism, feminism and women’s place in the 18th century, masculinity and homosexuality, and the genre of historical romance. I particularly liked the essay on genocide and cultural identity looking at the Scots and how similar that is to the cultural attack on the Native Americans. I also enjoyed the essay Gazing at Jamie Fraser—looking at the objectification of the male body. Some of the essays were better than others, but for the Outlander fan this book will be a welcome addition to the series. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Mar 31, 2017 |
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