I’m not even going to try and apologize but this semester has been rediculous…
Getting back to the matter at hand my hope is to take some of my class observations and post them in the coming week or two in hopes of making my blog much more complete and comprehensive.
This post is in response to the post written on the class blog.
At the first of the course we looked at the extended essay by Virginia Wolfe. In the essay Wolfe suggests that women need to have both money and functional space to become writer and those men have dominated the field of literature due to the other duties and stereotypes against women.
I feel as though While Wolfe’s assessment of women’s literature is mostly true and that women have had a lot of adversity during the timeframe that we examined. We even looked at some of our writers with a grain of salt even questioning if a woman could actually have written what she did based on the time period and what we know about history. I kind of feel that through both the presentations and the course lectures Prof. Jones wanted to show the class that despite the adversity of the past against female writers. Many of the writers on the course fought against the stereotypes, working into prominent positions in society and utilizing their writing to influence society. The bluestockings and their prominence as well as the queens’ speech and even Ann Askew, despite their limitations as women worked hard to influence the society that they lived in through their education and knowledge.
I really feel as though these poets and writers have paved the way for the women writers of today’s time period. Today I would suggest (without the stats) that the number of women writes compared to men would be close to equal within 10 percent either way and some of the most prominent and influential writers of the past several decades have been women. Going all the way back to writers like Sylvia Plath and the emergence of the feminist movements women have began to emerge as a force to be reckoned with in today’s society. Even the last 20 years women have made leaps and bounds as the three huge literary crazes that have broken through barriers in pop culture have all been women writers.
The works I’m referring to of course is Harry Potter which was so successful and culture changing its hard to even imagine a world without it. Despite my own aversion to this series it has had an amazing impact on culture, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, and even more recently the amazing trilogy written by Suzanne Collins The hunger Games have exploded in pop culture, and are to the new generation what Harry Potter was to mine as the franchise is bursting in the public scene right now as we speak with the movie premier just a few short weeks ago.