Wednesday, June 18, 2008

His One True Bride

I wanted to point Aqueduct readers at a recent story at Fantasy Magazine, Darja Malcolm-Clarke's "His One True Bride", along with Darja's commentary on the story, because I think it's an excellent, interesting, thought-provoking story.

One of the things I love about f&sf is its ability to literalize a metaphor: a story of fading love where one lover actually turns invisible, someone's career conflicts showing up on their doorstop in the form of a cartoon tiger, feelings of alienation caused by actually being an alien. In "His One True Bride", Darja dissects a gendered metaphor that has historically been important in Christianity, the idea of the nun as "the bride of Christ".

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