A really exciting reading challenge for 2016 focused on “classic” women’s writing (interpreted broadly). I’m going to participate by reading coming-of-age books. I would love to have some company. Send me an email or write in the comments below if you’d like to join me.
Have you ever read A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf?
There’s this scene in the essay where Woolf’s narrative persona is in the British Museum and can’t find a proper history on women. She can find a whole bunch of books by men about what women think, what they should think, what they shouldn’t think, who they are: but she can’t get at the actual woman. In fiction by men, she finds that women are either portrayed as angels or promiscuous monsters. Always they are portrayed in relation to men. In history, she finds that they are invisible, and that she cannot rely on the portrayal of women she finds in the British Museum:
“Suppose, for instance, that men were only represented in literature as the lovers of women, and were never the friends…
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