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
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
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?
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)
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
Earlier this term I attended a debate at the Oxford Union discussing the following motion: "This House Believes Celebrity Icons Have Corrupted Feminist Movements" Celebrities, such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, have defined a new brand of popular feminism in the eyes of millions, but does this strand of feminism distract from the everyday challenges… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Have celebrities corrupted the feminist movement?
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?
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
When Everything Changed is an incredibly comprehensive account of how the role of women in society has changed throughout recent American history. Though I expected this book to have a certain level of detail in its research, I did not expect it to discuss this topic from such a wide variety of perspectives. Here the… Continue reading WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED by Gail Collins | Review