Catherine as Transgender: Dreaming Identity in The Garden of Eden
Clinical perspective of Catherine as a transgendered individual. Long rejects readings that interpret Catherine as either villain or victim, arguing that her insecurity and fear of rejection drive her harmful actions. Characterizes the controversial burning of the manuscripts as an act of empowerment and liberation for Catherine. In her examination of the alternate endings of the story, Long finds them all to be reflections of the instability of gender itself.