Gee, Allison, sorry to have brought up “The Handmaid’s Tale” (oops, I did it again!) triggering recovered memories of your literature-free freshman “lit” class at Bucknell!

Fortunately, I went to college back in the days when we were assigned real literature in freshman lit: “Death in Venice,” “The Way of the World,” stuff like that. The closest we got to feminist literature was “The Rape of the Lock”–since it was about rape, feminists’ favorite topic, if only of a lock. But back then, slogans like “Take back the night!” meant only that we wished we’d had another eight hours to study for our freshman lit final exam.