Ng discusses the revolutionary privileging of the younger brother in Paradise Lost, the idealized espousal of the female monarch and female aristocrat
in Margaret Cavendish, and the productive tension between equality and hierarchy in Quaker marriage metaphors.
Perhaps surprisingly for a French take on the by now old-old story of a young married English female aristocrat
who finds physical pleasures with the gamekeeper on the estate, the film isn't flavored with much in the way of "ooh-la-la" French dressing.
Particularly of interest is the analysis of portraiture, where adoring black attendants were deployed to represent the power and prerogative of the white male colonist, or the beauty of the white female aristocrat
The guests are also to see a rare Javanese dance, the ''Bedhoyo Manthen,'' choreographed by a previous sultan from decades ago and performed by nine female aristocrats
But then 82-year-old female aristocrats
seldom make brilliant attack dogs.
How is his killer woman related to the dangerous woman of the 1930s and 1940s--Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Scarlett O'Hara or her older predecessors, Lady Macbeth, Madame Defarge, scheming female aristocrats
, the ambitious and promiscuous Margaret Sanger?