Women's writing in English

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  • Masculinity In The Taming Of The Shrew

    Shakespeare's stance on the value of a woman and a man's masculinity has been widely debated throughout many years. Though, many of Shakespeare's works portray a strong female character that has superiority in matters of love and portrays the male as unreliable and are made out as fools (Thrasher 40), however, this portrayal is not consistent throughout every piece of work. It can be inferred that Shakespeare's wavering stance on gender roles and who holds the power is stemmed from his personal experiences and how he places value on power. It can be inferred that Shakesphere has the perception that a gentleman was a title that one earned by obtaining wealth. By creating a powerful female character, Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare develops the relationship between gender's ability to establish power as an important theme in Macbeth. Throughout Shakespeare's work, he addresses masculinity - or lack of- in manhood and womanhood, revealing the power play within gender roles. In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare heightens the common standard, women being obedient to their husbands, by describing the proper role of a wife: “Even such woman oweth to her husband...They are bound to serve, love, and obey” is an excerpt from one of Shakespeare's plays that contradicts every quality he placed within Lady Macbeth. In Macbeth, Shakespeare utilized Lady Macbeth to convey the masculinity within womanhood or the lack of. In Act 1, Scene 5, Lady Macbeth plans to the spirits to take her…

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  • Why I M Still Writing Women's Literary History Analysis

    In her article “Why I’m Still Writing Women’s Literary History”, Professor Devoney Looser astutely asserts that women’s literary history is a field that is alive and thriving and therefore deserves to be treated as such. Her argument centers around addressing concerns expressed by various colleagues of hers, and perhaps a common concern many others hold, that the academic field of women’s studies is now “passe” due to taking a “separatist” approach. The article address the reasons why people may…

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  • Summary In David Madden's The Binding Vine

    She told Lakshmi Homstrom : Craftsmanship is so important in writing, and you only learn it by doing it. And the short story was the perfect form to learn from, because one had to be brief. One had to be careful. And that training is still with me: I am very careful about not using any extra words... because I didn't want to overplay anything. (Holmstrom) 14 Economy is the Sine qua non of a decent short story as borne out by Deshpande's stories which are not troubled with lecturing labels. Her…

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  • Jane Austen's Representations Of Women

    representation of life and people who live in that culture. This study will focus on the interpretation of English culture in the eighteenth century. Each literary work focuses on different issues and has hidden purposes from presenting these issues. As such, the significance of the literature results in the readers’ better understanding of the society. Jane Austen’s fiction portrayed the social world of English society in the eighteenth century. Austen’s fiction also demonstrates the values of…

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  • Taking The Trade: Abortion And Gender Relations In An Eighteenth Century New England Village

    Connecticut, 1639-1789. Her dissertation work is a legally focused analysis of women’s status in society primarily viewed through their changing roles in the colonies legal system. In it she expands considerably on topics raised in her article, particularly with regards to household economics and the validity of female testimony in cases of sexual abuse. Dayton contends women played a key role in seventeenth century Connecticut courts by taking advantage of the Puritan legal system’s prerogative…

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  • Importance Of Women In Literature

    undergraduate double major student in English education and Literature in English, I wondered why women writings seem to be an overlooked subject. Out of curiosity, a long term research into women’s experience, culture, and society explored through the lens of postcolonial, feminist, social and cultural theories was born. Through this research I have learned that oppressive cultural aspect of gender relationships, especially between women is something that is being dismissed and narratives about…

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  • Kamala Markandaya Critical Analysis

    The canvas of the literary writing changed after the Second World War. The women writers such as Kamala Markendaya, Ruth Prawar Jhabvala and Shashi Deshpande took the pen in the field of social and artistic novels. These women writers focus on the issues such as socio-psychological conflict, multicultural elements and the individual identity of the period. The novelist show their prime concern on the depiction of the East-West conflict, disharmony between tradition and modernity, psychological…

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  • French Queen's Letters Summary

    Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Europe The French Queen 's Letters: Mary Tudor Brandon and the Politics of Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Europe written by Erin A. Sadlack “attempts to broaden the understanding of women’s paths to power in the sixteenth century.” Sadlack’s a credibility stems from her PhD in Medieval and British Literature. She is a professor at the University of Maryland where she teaches courses in Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, as well…

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  • Reflective Essay: Women's Role In Writing

    Throughout my formal school years, writing essays is one of the things I loathe the most. I have been told numerous times by teachers, parents, and former classmates that writing is used in every subject, and also plays a key role in succeeding in college. I want to be able to learn how to write and express myself in a well-written essay that does not require to be rewritten or change due to diction, clarity, syntax, etc. countless times. Throughout high school, I never had an English teacher…

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  • Pauline Hopkins Research Paper

    Kaylen Simmons Dr. Piper Huguley-Riggins 215 English: 20th Century Black Women Writers 7 July 2016 Pauline Hopkins’ Legacy African American 20th Century writers have played a big role in educating the community. The authors and poets of the Harlem Renaissance who prospered in the 1920s, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, have become more popular and their works have been recognized and interpreted in English classes in recent years. Pauline Hopkins should be included the next time…

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