Cover Photo: Promotional still from 'Bridgerton'/Netflix
Promotional still from 'Bridgerton'/Netflix

‘Bridgerton’ Is a Gilded Failure of Imagination

Whiteness, not a fantasy, is what grants the Black English aristocracy its legitimacy in this fictional world.

The PettyCoat Chronicles, a column by Natasha Oladokun that investigates our culture’ love of historical dramas.

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Natasha Oladokun is a poet and essayist. She holds fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Jackson Center for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review Online, Pleiades, Kenyon Review Online, Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She is Associate Poetry Editor at storySouth, and was the inaugural First Wave Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from Fall 2018-Spring 2020.