Leila Mansouri is a writer and Ph.D. candidate in American literature living in Berkeley, California. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New Inquiry, Unstuck, and Santa Monica Review, among others. Her research explores the long, strange history of American writing about our politicians and the impact that writing has had on how we think about political representation. You can find her online at leilamansouri.com.
Fantasy Casting Congress in "House of Cards"
House of Cards uses Kevin Spacey's previous roles not only to inflect his sinister Underwood, but to cater to our fantasies for a potent congressional leader....