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The Bridgerton Names Show Off an Age-Old Cultural Bias

March 5, 2021 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 8 Comments

The TV series Bridgerton offers up Regency romance with a modern sensibility. The aristocracy is multiracial, the orchestras play Taylor Swift, and a dashing nobleman can show up for a ball without proper neckwear. But even in this winking mashup of a historical setting, one cultural line cannot be crossed: […]

The Abandoned Classic Girl’s Name

December 5, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 10 Comments

If you tuned in to the recent historical tv drama Gentleman Jack, you quickly found yourself awash in Anns. The series is based on the real life of Anne Lister, an Englishwoman of the early 19th Century sometimes called “the first modern lesbian.” We meet Anne Lister as she returns […]

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