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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe
With Her Body: Conversation Pieces - Nicola Griffith "Yaguara" is the best of the three stories collected, and I'm really glad it survived my education with race without becoming horrible. Or I think so, anyway -- the story is mostly about two white women (one archeologist, one photographer) exploring Mayan ruins, but the "mysterious" were-jaguar Mayans are actually taking calculated and successful steps to prevent their own "discovery" as anything unusual (i.e., they protect their own culture--and intellectual property--very adeptly), and the potential pitfalls in the "animal shapechanger" Mayans I think are dealt with very gracefully. It's also nicely complexifying that one of the white women is Anglo and the other is Latina and class/race tensions between become explicit.

Also, the sex scene is fantastically hot.