The author has cast her net wide
for primary sources, incorporating eighty interviews, some literary works, statistics, archival material from Israel, the United States, Amsterdam and Argentina, as well as an impressive list of periodicals, journals and newspapers.
In the past, Grannan has preferred to cast her net wide
and survey multiple individuals, but for her current series, she has trained her lens on three specific subjects.
She has cast her net wide
, and considers this simultaneously fascinating and disturbing painting from every conceivable point of view, from its role in the infamous Valguarnera affair, to its adaptation of Serlio's tragic stage set in conceiving the mise en scene (Bellori specifically cites the Plague at Ashdod as adopting a soggetto tragico), to its biblical sources and artistic antecedents, to its citation via Pliny of Aristides' pathetic image of a child vainly suckling at the breast of its dead mother, to the broader phenomena of the plague both as a contemporary scourge (the Plague of 1630) and in contemporary medical thought.
In an era when criticism of French West Indian literature has been dominated by focus on a single author or authors of the same sex, she has cast her net wide