JANE CHARLOTTE VIRGINIA

SHE-LOGY: Women and Fiction.

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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.”

— Persuasion


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.”

— Shirley

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.”


SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at silverliningmama@gmail.com. Thank you for reading this.

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