Eng 360 Gender and Literature Week 4 Notes
Eng 360 Gender and Literature Week 4 Notes ENGL 360
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ENG 360 – Gender and Literature September 12-16 Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) A Room of One’s Own - Obstacles that get in her way at Oxbridge o The Beadle—you can’t walk on the grass o The library—you can’t come in without a “Fellow of the College” or with a “letter of introduction” - The luncheon and dinner scenes o She says no one ever talks about what one eats so she goes into very specific detail (the lunch was significantly richer than the dinner) - The first three chapters focus more on the role of women throughout history - “What conditions are necessary for the creation of works of art?” (chap. 2) o Overcome obstacles Get an education Money Finding time amidst wifely/motherly duties Get out of poverty Breaking free of social restrictions/limited opportunities Not having a voice; what men have said about women The “patriarchy” (male public voice, the way laws are set up) - Everyone needs a creative outlet—Shakespeare’s “incandescent mind” Susan Glaspell, A Jury of Her Peers - Play version: Trifles - Where is Minnie Wright exercising her creativity? o Quilting o Canning/making jam - Even the sheriff’s wife sympathizes with Minnie Constance Fenimore Woolson, Miss Grief (1880) - Started writing after her father died - Related to James Fenimore Cooper - “I” – young male, well-regarded author o conceited, confident about his own opinions, is rich - “Miss Grief” – older struggling woman author; Aaronna Moncrief o unattractive, starving; confident (maybe due to her impending death?)
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