The Menstrual Imaginary in Literature

“This beautifully-written, ambitious, and unusually creative book is a delight to all who care about feminism, embodiment, and menstruation. Dyer brilliantly recasts key writers and thinkers—Irigaray, Plath, Cixous, and Kristeva—as part of the menstrual story, and in doing so, cracks open the field of critical menstruation studies even further. Entering Dyer’s world of the menstrual imaginary offers a viscerally pleasurable and intellectually provocative experience that is not to be missed.”

Breanne Fahs, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, USA, and author of Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance (2016) and Burn It Down!: Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution (2020)

“As you take this remarkable journey through the feminist menstrual imaginary, Natalie Rose Dyer provides an innovative and energetic intersectional reading of sexual difference and menstrual activism. In an equally intriguing poetic intervention and a convincing argument, Rose Dyer outlines how menstrual activism subverts patriarchal power structures by embracing the specificities and creative potential the embodied experience of menstruation offers. Her concept of the ‘menstrual imaginary’ playfully and provocatively dismantles the overlapping systems of power colonizing the disorganized material flows of women’s bodies. This is a bold and extraordinarily perceptive rethinking of the feminist politics of corporeality.”

Adrian Parr, Professor of Public Affairs and UNESCO Chair of Water and Human Settlements, University of Texas at Arlington, USA