To celebrate the release of Marjorie (M.M.) DeLuca's historical thriller The Savage Instinct (Inkshares), please join us for a lively discussion on the myth of female hysteria—both its historical underpinnings and its hold on modern-day society—and how defiant women have subverted its power through the ages.
Joining us in conversation with author DeLuca will be Rachel Vorona Cote, author of Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (Grand Central), and Terri Kapsalis, writer and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Savage Instinct is a taut psychological thriller that offers a delicious take on deviant and defiant Victorian women in a time when marriage itself was its own prison.
Marjorie (M.M) DeLuca is a screenwriter and novelist who writes historical fiction, suspense and YA sci-fi. She was born in England but now lives in Winnipeg where she previously taught at several Winnipeg high schools. She now writes full time for publishers in the US and UK.
Rachel Vorona Cote is the author of Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (Grand Central). Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, Jezebel, The Poetry Foundation, and various other places. She teaches a nonfiction writing course through Catapult.
Terri Kapsalis is a writer and performer. She is the author of Jane Addams' Travel Medicine Kit, The Hysterical Alphabet, and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum. Her writings have appeared on Lit Hub and in various edited volumes and journals including Short Fiction, The Baffler, Denver Quarterly, New Formations, Public, and Parakeet. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.