As I mentioned in my review of Roth's Goodbye, Columbus collection, I'm currently taking senior seminar that solely focuses on Philip Roth. A few weeks ago I was assigned to read his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, and I have some thoughts. Portnoy's Complaint is essentially one man's long tirade about sex to his therapist. He starts by recounting his early… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Masturbation Madness?
They say that timing is everything, and reading is no exception. Sometimes you read a book and acknowledge that you probably would have enjoyed it more if you had read it when you were older or younger, in a different mood, or at a different time of year. However, sometimes you read a book at… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I was thrilled that part of my postcolonial literature tutorial during my last term at Oxford was reading and writing about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fifteen years after the publication of her debut novel Purple Hibiscus in 2003, Adichie continues to make headlines today. Not only is she known as a renowned Nigerian novelist, but she has also made… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Although I had seen photos of the Penguin Modern Classics all over bookstagram (have you seen them? They're gorgeous!), I first heard about Wendell Berry's "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" specifically when Ariel Bissett recommended it in a video about social media. The two essays contained in this volume ("Why I Am Not… Continue reading Penguin Modern Classics: “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” by Wendell Berry
First, I want to thank you all for being so receptive to my last Feminist Fridays post about postcolonial literature. I didn't expect there to be such resounding interest in this topic, but I'm so happy that there is! Today I'll be talking about a groundbreaking author who does not get nearly enough time in the spotlight as… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature & Tsitsi Dangarembga
As of this week I am halfway through my third and final term at Oxford, meaning that by this point I've done enough work to form a solid opinion about my Trinity tutorials. Today I'd like to talk about my unexpected enthusiasm for postcolonial literature and how feminist perspectives play a role in reading and… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature, Feminism, and Unexpected Enthusiasm
What do we have here? A Holly Goes Abroad post on a Wednesday?! Indeed. A few weeks ago someone commented asking if I could share all of my required reading lists from my year studying at Oxford, so that's what I'm going to do today. I'm posting this in the middle of the week because it's more… Continue reading A Year of Oxford Reading Lists | Holly Goes Abroad
When I think about why I love blogging and why I've stuck with it for over five years, a few things come to mind: a welcoming sense of community, bloggers that support one another through encouragement, thought-provoking discussion, etc. Lately I've been asking myself what makes this kind of positive, supportive community possible online, and… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Book blogging as a feminist space?
Today I'd like to talk about one my favorite people to watch on Youtube: singer, actress, blogger, and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher. I've been a fan of her videos for years (since I was in middle school?!) and it's been amazing to watch her grow and develop her channel over such a long time. I want to… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, along with many of her other novels, often receives criticism for depicting women as utterly dependent on men. While I wholeheartedly disagree with this criticism (look at Austen's satire! her wit! her humor! making fun of those who depend on men!), today I'd like to discuss this perspective regarding a… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Pride and Prejudice (circa 1995 BBC)