The last few years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in women's rights and power. Both in the United States and elsewhere, the #MeToo Movement has denounced the persistence of gender inequalities and the soaring rates of violence against women. After the decline of radical feminism, a new awareness of the disparities between men and women has spread around the world, encouraging intellectuals to rethink conditions previously taken for granted. Increasingly debated in the media, these questions have gained new centrality in the arts that, in giving expression to female aspirations, fears, dreams, and emotions, have also posed the problem of retracing and recording the silenced stories of many women of the past.

This archival impulse is at the core of the novel under review. In the “Author's Note” that closes the book, Jennifer Anton defines herself as a “proud advocate for women's rights and equality” who composed her opera...

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