Well this is my last blog and I just wanted to thank Doc. Jones for putting on this inspiring class for us. For me, this class is a reminder of all the time and effort women from our past has to put in to ensure women writers had their freedom be to creative and speak/write their options. Still is hard to believe that women were and still are, in some countries, treated poorly and not respected. People like Anne Askew burning at the stake because of her religious beliefs and her right to preach her religion.
Imagine trying to be a female writer, writing in a time with so many constrains. By speaking or writing your own opinions could either get you killed, beaten or put in jail. The approaches to Feminist literature is inspiring, and makes one proud to be a woman!!
I was looking through my notes from the beginning of the year and I found this:
• Women constitute the majority of readers, and buyers, of fiction
• Women usually outnumber men in literature courses
• University English departments are usually closer to gender parity (equal)
Publishers are happy women are writing now..lol
Bring the conversation back to Wolfe and “A room of ones own”, it is really amazing to me that Wolfe was the first feminist to put her opinions of mistreated women on paper. She was a modernist writer talking about being a writer and female writing tradition literature. She tried to reclaim writing tradition and in my opinion she did, because she got a lot of other people talking about the issue, whether it be positive or negative. Many women followed in her footsteps and gained more confidence in finding their own voices in literature.
The phrase “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”, Lorde attacked the underlying racism of feminism, describing it as unrecognized dependence on the patriarchy. She argued that, by denying difference in the category of women, feminists merely passed on old systems of oppression and that, in so doing, they were preventing any real, lasting change. Her argument aligned white feminists with white male slave-masters, describing both as “agents of oppression”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde.
I think they can use the Master’s Tools in a meaningful way. I am sure after reading the criticism angered many women writers enough to get them to voice their own opinions regarding Lorde’s brand of feminism. The more women writers, the better, even if they are angry.
My opinion has changed over this course, because I never realized what women writers had to go through in the past to find their voice. It makes me appreciate my life now and how so many women today are winning awards for their writing.
Empowering course, HERE’S TO ALL THE GREAT WOMEN WRITERS!!
Thanks again Dr. Jones!