‘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 (she/her) is a poet and essayist. She holds fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Jackson Center for Creative Writing, Twelve Literary Arts, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the inaugural First Wave Poetry fellow. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online. You can read her column The PettyCoat Chronicles—on pop culture and period dramas—at Catapult. She is Associate Poetry Editor at storySouth, and currently lives in Madison, WI.
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