Amie Doughty Presents Paper at Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference

Amie Doughty, English, presented the paper “Madness and Mixed-Bloods: Racial Metaphors in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series” at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on October 28. The paper argues that the way in which the fae of the series present race and madness parallels late 19th and early 20th century theories of race and madness, particularly with the use of polygenesis to explain the way different races experience madness. The paper further argues that this ideology is informed by the experiences and magical abilities of the main character, making her unable to see past the ideology even as she resists other aspects of racism in the society.