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"I'm No Angel" The Blonde in Fiction and Film" Author to Give Reading at Pomona College

Ellen Tremper will give a reading and lead a discussion of her book, I’m No Angel: The Blonde in Fiction and Film (2006, University of Virginia Press), on Thursday, April 5 at 4:15 p.m. at Pomona College.

There are the ubiquitous “dumb blonde” jokes about women. There is Ivanhoe’s “flaxen Saxon” love, Rowena. What about Marilyn Monroe? In Tremper’s engaging book she appeals to an audience interested in literary and cinematic representations of the blonde. Tremper shows how the fairy-tale blonde – placid and pliant – evolved into the “tomato upstairs,” like Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch. The author also considers the possible end of blonde dominance.

Publishers Weekly writes that Tremper’s, “work explores a complex character with thoroughness and verve.” Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours, comments, “I'm not sure whether or not blondes have more fun, but the reader of this book certainly will."

Tremper is professor and chair of Brooklyn College’s English department. Specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British poetry and fiction, Tremper has published many articles on Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and children's literature and is the author of Who Lived at Alfoxton? Virginia Woolf and English Romanticism (1998).

The event will be held at the Ena Thompson Reading Room in Crookshank Hall (Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call (909) 607-2212.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.