Feminist Fridays: Pride and Prejudice (circa 1995 BBC)

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)

Feminist Fridays: Why I Love Lady Bird

One night during term my friends and I decided to test out the new cinema in Oxford for the first time by seeing Lady Bird (2017). Set in Sacramento, California in 2002-3, this film tells the story of a senior in high school trying to find her way through classes, friendships, relationships, family issues, and … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Why I Love Lady Bird

Feminist Fridays: A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own has been on my to-read list before I even really knew what it was about. Published in 1929, this book is an extended essay based on a lecture series Virginia Woolf delivered at Cambridge University in October 1928. Today it is well known for being an important feminist text in women's … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf

Feminist Fridays: Feminist Writing Tutorial

Now that Hilary term at Oxford has officially come and gone, I'm going to share my thoughts on the Feminist Writing tutorial I recently completed. This tutorial (basically what they call classes at Oxford) was an English course, but it also blended some feminist theory into the mix as well. It was nice to have … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Feminist Writing Tutorial

Feminist Fridays: Emily Dickinson

Today I'm going to talk about one of my favorite poets of all time: Emily Dickinson. Earlier this term I was assigned to read many, many poems by Dickinson for my Writing Feminisms tutorial, which felt more like reading for pleasure rather than reading to write an essay. After having done more research about her life and … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Emily Dickinson

Feminist Fridays: I wrote an entire essay about hair?

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly: I recently filled an entire eight pages with an essay about hair. Since it has a decidedly feminist perspective, I thought I would discuss it with you all in this week's installment of Feminist Fridays. For my English Literature 1910-Present tutorial I was asked to read Not So Quiet... by … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: I wrote an entire essay about hair?

Feminist Fridays: ANN VERONICA by H.G. Wells

Today's Feminist Fridays feature focuses on another text I've read for a tutorial this term: H.G. Wells' 1909 novel Ann Veronica. Set at the turn of the century, the novel tells the story of a young woman named Ann Veronica who yearns to achieve a sense of personal independence from her controlling father. What begins as mere … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: ANN VERONICA by H.G. Wells

Feminist Fridays: WHAT HAPPENED by Hilary Clinton

This week's Feminist Fridays feature edges into a topic that has the potential to be very controversial and divisive: politics. As I mentioned in my nonfiction TBR list for 2018, it was a goal of mine to read Hillary Clinton's recent memoir What Happened, published on September 12, 2017. Well, consider this goal officially accomplished! Today I'd like … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: WHAT HAPPENED by Hilary Clinton

Feminist Fridays: Augusta Webster

This week I'll be discussing one of the Victorian poets I read for the first time last term: August Webster. Born as Julia Augusta Davies, August Webster (1837-1894) was a writer of all sorts: poems, essays, plays, translations, and even a novel. Although she started out studying Greek at home, she eventually got the opportunity … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Augusta Webster

Feminist Fridays: WOMAN AND LABOUR by Olive Schreiner

Fellow nerds, I am SO excited for today's installment of Feminist Fridays because I have the pleasure of discussing Olive Schreiner's fantastic work Woman and Labour. One of the many perks of being in a Writing Feminisms tutorial at Oxford is that I'm introduced to numerous writers that I had never heard of before. Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: WOMAN AND LABOUR by Olive Schreiner