Batya Ungar-Sargon has a PhD in the 18th-century novel. Her dissertation is entitled ‘Coercive Pleasures: The Force and Form of the Novel 1719-1740’. She is also a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, New York.
Philosophy of religion
Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life
She swoons to conquer
Readers of romance fiction enjoy tales of alpha males and forced seduction. Could they still be considered feminists?
The pleasure of their pain
Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure