Photographer: Mark English

Photographer: Mark English

Emma Rees

Agent: Juliet Pickering

Biography: Emma Rees was born in Birmingham, expelled from school, and went to UEA to get a BA and PhD. She’s a University Lecturer in English and lives in Chester with her husband, lots of cats, a Golden Retriever, and – occasionally – a grown-up daughter.

THE VAGINA: A Literary and Cultural History, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013; The Independent on Sunday said of THE VAGINA “an enjoyable romp through depictions of female genitalia from oral history to adverts… mixing feminist outrage with a healthy dose of humour.”

Emma has toured her ‘Vulvanomics’ talk in the UK, presenting it in four countries to date, and has grown used to being ‘The Vagina Lady’ to her students and friends. She is an occasional columnist for Times Higher Education, where she writes about anything from anti-Semitism in football, to music (she’s seen Metallica 30 times), to Shakespeare. She’s also written op-ed pieces on feminism for The Conversation, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, and campaigns for local mental health and sexual violence charities.

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THE VAGINA: A Literary and Cultural History Cultural history, 352pgs Bloomsbury, 2013   From South Park to Kathy Acker, and from Lars Von Trier to Sex and the City, women’s sexual organs are demonized. Emma Rees traces the fascinating evolution of this demonisation, demonstrating how writers, artists, and filmmakers contend with the dilemma of the vagina’s puzzlingly ‘covert visibility’.

THE VAGINA: A Literary and Cultural History

Cultural history, 352pgs

Bloomsbury, 2013

 

From South Park to Kathy Acker, and from Lars Von Trier to Sex and the City, women’s sexual organs are demonized. Emma Rees traces the fascinating evolution of this demonisation, demonstrating how writers, artists, and filmmakers contend with the dilemma of the vagina’s puzzlingly ‘covert visibility’.