Bluebeard's Castle: A Novel (Verso Fiction) (Paperback)

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Bluebeard's Castle: A Novel (Verso Fiction) (Paperback)


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Bluebeard gets a feminist Gothic makeover in this subversive take on the famous French fairy tale — from the acclaimed director of The Love Witch, and for fans of Jane Eyre

When the successful British mystery writer Judith Moore meets Gavin, a handsome and charming baron, at a birthday party on the Cornish coast, his love transforms her from a bitter, lonely young woman into a romance heroine overnight. After a whirlwind honeymoon in Paris, he whisks her away to a secluded Gothic castle. But soon she finds herself trapped in a nightmare, as her husband’s mysterious nature and his alternation between charm and violence become increasingly frightening. 

As Judith battles both internal and external demons, including sexual ambivalence, psychological self-torture, gaslighting, family neglect, alcoholism, and domestic abuse, she becomes increasingly addicted to her wild beast of a husband. Why do women stay in abusive relationships? The answer can be found in the tortured mind of the protagonist, whose richly layered fantasy life parallels that of the female Gothic romance reader. Filled with dark humor and evocative imagery, Bluebeard’s Castle is a subversive take on modern romance and Gothic erotica.
Anna Biller is a filmmaker and a writer known for her feminist point of view, and for her meticulously crafted visual design. The New York Times called her cult film The Love Witch “a hothouse filled with deadly and seductive blooms,” and Indiewire called her debut feature Viva “a pitch perfect resurrection of the Valley of the Dolls days of cinema.” She is currently in development for a ghost movie set in medieval England.
Product Details ISBN: 9781804291856
ISBN-10: 1804291854
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Verso Fiction
"This book lands like a grenade, detonating comfortable and long held myths about the liberalism and independence of Israel’s university system. In their place, Wind’s rigorous and jaw-dropping research reveals countless ways that the nation’s most celebrated and storied education institutions are utterly entangled in the violent machinery of Palestinian dispossession, occupation, incarceration, surveillance, siege and military bombardment. From the development of deadly weapons to the crafting of state propaganda to the training of officers, there is no escaping the conclusion that these universities are part and parcel of the official infrastructure that has enabled Israel to systematically avoid the political solutions that are the only hope of enduring peace in the region. An explosive contribution from a brilliant young scholar."
—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and Doppelganger

"There are no ivory towers! Maya Wind brings this truth to the light with a forensic accounting of Israeli universities and their complete implication in Israel’s occupation and apartheid regime. Towers of Ivory and Steel lays bare Israeli campuses as Jewish settlements of replacement in occupied lands, the knowledge arm for security forces and the local military industry, and as sites of Palestinian intellectual suppression, all co-signed by the “liberal silence” of Israeli academics. Fearless, emphatic, and unflinching. No other work better demonstrates why higher education remains a vital site of struggle over the future of democracy, in Israel, in Palestine, and across the world."
—Davarian L. Baldwin, author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities

"This book is a must read — meticulously researched, lucidly written, and convincingly argued. Wind deftly illuminates the myriad ways in which the university is a site of meaningful struggle, debunking the deep-seated myths that heretofore have served to normalize Israel’s academic complex as it is part and parcel of the state’s settler colonial projects of both occupation and apartheid that violently dominate and dispossess the Palestinian people. Towers of Ivory and Steel provides a roadmap for Israeli academics to end the institutional complicity and join the movement to remake higher education for liberation."
—J. Kehaulani Kauanui, author of Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism

"A devastating analysis of the extensive, insidious ways that the Israeli academy is central to the architecture of occupation, settler colonial violence, and repression of Palestinians. Through meticulous ethnographic and archival research, Wind not only gives lie to the claim that the Israeli academy is a bastion of academic freedom and vigorous debate. She provides a model for the decolonial work we must all do until there is freedom and liberation for all."
—Jessica Winegar, co-author with Lara Deeb of Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East

"Drawing on Hebrew sources, Maya Wind shatters the myth of liberal expression in Israeli universities, revealing instead how they prop up apartheid."
—Rebecca Ruth Gould, New Arab

"Towers of Ivory and Steel is a paradigm-shifting book, with incredible insider reporting that provides riveting detail of how Israeli universities serve primarily as centers of military research, propaganda, and command. A must read."
—Sarah Schulman, Bookforum

"Wind's new book meticulously demonstrates how Israeli academic institutions were created to serve the Zionist colonization of Palestine...a critical tool for anyone affiliated with academic life.""
—Marcy Newman, Mondoweiss

"One set of universities serves a colonized, brutalized people, and the other, the colonizer, as Maya Wind has documented at length in her indispensable book, Towers of Ivory and Steel."
—Esmat Elhalaby, The Baffler

"Maya Wind is the best example of scholar-activist, speaking about her work, making it accessible and useful. Reading and putting into practice the critique made by this book is part of a process of active resistance inside and against Israeli academia, a process that is of a piece with the best most open aspects of scholarly work."
—Ian Parker, Anti-Capitalist Resistance

"Wind's Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom couldn't be more timely: It offers a forensic examination of what U.N. experts are now calling 'scholasticide' in Palestine, through the complicity of Israeli universities in settler colonialism. Wind's attention to the details of Israeli campuses as Jewish settlements of replacement in occupied lands, and their role in servicing the local military industry and as sites of Palestinian intellectual suppression, all speak to the current struggles being waged on U.S. campuses, where we are being forced to name higher education as a critical political and economic battleground in the broader fight for global freedom."
—Davarian Baldwin, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"By examining universities' links to the long history of settler colonialism, Wind indicts the Israeli academy both for its own complicity and for its silence on the state's attack on Palestinian higher education-which includes the repression of political mobilization inside Israeli institutions, raids and restrictions on universities in the occupied West Bank, and now the total destruction of Palestinian academia in the Gaza Strip."
—Raphael Magarik, Jewish Currents

"Maya Wind's book has the potential to be a memorable and historic weapon in a war against Zionism that we now seem closer to winning."
—Bill V. Mullen, New Politics

"Extraordinary… While Wind fully accomplishes her task of showing "How Israeli Universities deny Palestinian Freedom," the completed text also reaches beyond itself. In her brief epilogue and in an Afterword by Robin D. G. Kelley, the analysis is extended and universalized."
—Michael Principe, Against the Current

"Wind's research makes clear that Israeli universities were structured around colonial purposes and highlights Israel's reliance on academia"
—Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor