Many Victorian critics were shocked by Barrett Browning's female rebellion, which was rare for the era. With her autobiographical epic poem, Aurora Leigh provoked critics who were "scandalized by its radical revision of Victorian ideals of femininity" (P.1859). In the age of Modernism, women were finally given the some rights to a higher education and professionalism i n 1928 (p.2175). However, female poets of early Modernism, such as Virginia Woolf, were raised in the Victorian age. Rebellion toward "Victorian sexual norms and gender roles" (P.2175) are reflected in Woolf's modern literary piece, such as The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection.
Dickinson's use of common objects and emotions was due to her un-social and hostile background, which created a twisted soul inside of Dickinson that was represented in much of her poetry. The methods of Dickinson created a new form of poetry, raw and undiscovered, which made her poetry more significant and realistic than an average poem. The unconventional breaking of the traditional grammar styles provided a new type of poem to the American audience. The presence of dashes throughout her poems requires active engagement from the reader. A reader cannot simply read the poem, a reader must think while reading the poem.
Furthermore, critical opinion likes to describe her as a novelist who feels the constant need to defend her writing against the critics. As a result Jeanette Winterson is perceived as (and maybe really is) one of those arrogant writers who want to place their work in the tradition of English literature by pretending that none of her contemporaries will ever be able to be on the same level of writing competence than herself. Although, according to the author herself, these fairy tales surrounding her public and literary persona `are assumed to be worth more than the are', there is no doubt concerning a certain value of fairy tales in her novel The Passion. In the following essay, I would like to examine the `worth' of fairy tales in this piece of work. That is to say, the numerous fairy tale and mythical elements of the novel shall be discussed, as well as their value for the novel as a whole and the effect they have on the reader.
Plath’s passion for classic novelists and her own talent made her realize the fitting narrative prose were densely constructed (Hughes 1). Plath’s poetry goes through constant changes (Smith 2). The bee was a motif that was often used (Smith 3).Jerome Mazzaro considers Plath’s achievements in The Bell Jar to be less gendered. Mazzaro also believes Plath’s novel is a statement of fascination of the midcentury (“The Importance…” 2). Marilyn Yalom wrote in Maternity, Morality, and the Literature of Madness that Plath’s novel about her breakdown and her recovery, The Bell Jar, is a pre-feminist disclosure of the effects of the sexist culture.
‘Indian women Novelists in English are proving to be a singular phenomenon in today’s modern times. Their unique genius, as reflected in their novels, has provided insightful understanding of women’s psyche. The reader is kept abreast of all the intricate thoughts and views of today’s women. Thus the writing of these novelists enjoy a significant and central place in women’s lives.1 The stereotyped representations of women have been emphatically rejected by the contemporary women novelists. The repressive society has taught a woman to be culturally silent, and thus this act of writing is for her essentially an act of breaking her silence.
Kate Chopin and Jane Austen could readily be referred to as literary heroines of the nineteenth century. Both women often challenged conventional societal methods within their works, which inherently caused these literary geniuses to write in complete secrecy. Chopin and Austen gave birth to characters such as Edna Pontellier in The Awakening, and Elizabeth Bennett, the renowned protagonist of Austen’s novella Pride and Prejudice. While noble in their respective ways one can easily mistake Edna and Elizabeth to be selfish creatures of society because of their ardent pursuit of happiness and love, and their disregard of nineteenth century societal constructs and family expectations. In similar aspects Edna Pontellier and Elizabeth Bennett were able to successfully challenge Nineteenth Century conventional methods with regards to marriage and society.
In Virginia Woolf 's work, A Room of One 's Own, in her writing on "Shakespeare 's Sister" and "Chloe Liked Olivia," there is a sense of mourning for literature composed by women that never had the opportunity to come into existence for a variety of reasons. Woolf is correct when she asserts that in the past women did not have equal opportunity to write as did men, thus there are likely masterpieces that could have been created had women been given the chance, however she appears to contradict herself in her writing on androgyny, when she states that the best writer is one who has a mind with no gender. However, what is in fact being emphasized is not that the absence of women writers has caused a female perspective to be missing, rather,
“Women write differently not because they are different psychologically from men, but because their social experiences are different.” – Virginia Woolf Bharati Mukherjee is the most accomplished diasporic writer. She is a prominent author of the Indian Writings in English who has induced the study of feminism in her writings. She is widely eulogized as the finest of her cohort of Indian writers in English. This paper aims to highlight the female protagonist who is insightful, anxious, luminous and inventive. Initially fatalities of self denial are in conflict with their internal selves because they ignore their real stance.
Woolf bases her thoughts on "the question of women and fiction". In the essay, Woolf asks herself the question if a woman could create art that compares to the quality of Shakespeare. Therefore, she examines women's historical experience and the struggle of the woman artist. A Room of One's Own explores the history of women in literature through an investigation of the social and material conditions required for writing. Leisure time, privacy, and financial independence, are important to understanding the situation of women in the literary tradition because women, historically, have been deprived of those basics (Roseman 14).
She told of her journey on how she found her words for that particular speech. The burden and responsibility she felt from being asked to represent all women, their role in history and finally to their evolvement into writing fiction was amusing to me, yet a bit long winded. My essay imitating her was almost as long winded, but thankfully it too ended with a prof... ... middle of paper ... ... the utmost greatest gift of words, but lacks the ability to communicate them on its own. Therefore, it searches out, and then enters into different people at different times to use them as its muse in order to satisfy its unending desire to tell its tales. We who write are its tool and we become enamored, and feel its frustration, then sympathize to then be possessed by its desire.