According to Carmen Maria Machado, no television show inadvertently and surreally captures our cultural relationship with violence, gender and sex more than the American crime procedural Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The award–winning author of the exhilarating short-story collection Her Body and Other Parties tells us why she thinks the long-running television series serves as one of the most complex and revealing fairytales of our time.

Carmen Maria Machado (International)

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Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation and Yaddo. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Remy Low (Australian)

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Remy Low is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. In his teaching and research, Remy draws on cultural theory and historical inquiry to examine contemporary educational contexts and practices, with a particular focus on issues of identity and difference.