The Revenge Issue

Uneasy Spirits: Black Vengeance in Supernatural Pop Culture

There’s a specter in our midst, and it’s white people’s projection of their own guilt and fear onto the Black search for justice.

First of Many: Jamia Wilson, Lisa Lucas, and Kima Jones on the Future of What We Read

These pioneers are transforming the future of literary culture for readers and writers of color. Read more »

Punishment Is Not Justice: Defying Definitions After Sexual Violence

We need to move beyond binary survivor-perpetrator framing. Read more »

A Woman Scorned: The Cold Vengeance of Hindi Cinema

Female revenge in Hindi cinema is typically viewed as an illogical, estrogen-driven act executed through treachery and lies. Read more »

How An Iconic ’90s Film Normalized Stalking

Humor that takes stalking seriously requires nimbleness and nuance. Read more »

Black Retribution in Tech: The Audacity to Imagine

“I have cultivated a special relationship with revenge—one that is built on the idea that I and other Black people deserve acknowledgment as creative individuals and equitable access to tools that can nurture our gifts.” Read more »

Sadistic Storytellers: Unpacking the Exploitative Violence of Rape-Revenge Films

Can we center victims rather than the physicality of their pain? Read more »

The Impermissible Arrogance of Nicki Minaj

To be colored and a woman is to be perpetually ruled. Read more »

Reigning from the Ground: The Gravity of Soledad O’Brien

There isn’t one way to describe Soledad O’Brien’s successes; they’re like vines—woven and connected, multitudinous and plentiful. Read more »