SHE-LOGY: Women and Fiction.
Famous female novelists from different times write about the perception of women as captured in fiction.
Very interesting that 3 different writers from 3 different times share almost a similar opinion of the double standards for women in fiction. How much of it still prevails in the modern times?
JANE AUSTEN, 1775-1817.
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
CHARLOTTE BRONTË, 1816-1855.
“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”
Trivia: “The novel’s popularity led to Shirley’s becoming a woman’s name. The title character was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of the novel, Shirley was an uncommon – but distinctly male – name and would have been an unusual name for a woman. Today it is regarded as a distinctly female name and an uncommon male name.”
VIRGINIA WOOLF, 1882-1941.
“If woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the utmost importance; very various; heroic and mean; splendid and sordid; infinitely beautiful and hideous in the extreme; as great as a man, some think even better.”
–A Room of One’s Own
“Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days.”
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