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.
The pleasure of their pain
Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure
She swoons to conquer
Readers of romance fiction enjoy tales of alpha males and forced seduction. Could they still be considered feminists?
Essay/Philosophy of Religion
Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life