Bluestocking Recommends…

Rebecca Gregory and Yasmin Haji-Hassan Below are some recently released books and articles and some upcoming events, lectures, talks and exhibitions that may be of interest to Blue-Stocking readers. We’d love any suggestions for additional items you think are relevant. Simply email editor@blue-stocking.org.uk with the details. Publications: Julie Andrews, ‘Home, A Memoir’ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, … Continue reading

19th century / Arts

Rebellion against the ‘silken snare’: two Bronte sisters and the struggle against convention

By Elly McCausland The authors of both Jane Eyre (1847) and Wuthering Heights (1847) present women that rebel against constraining and oppressive social norms, attempting to free their passionate natures from the many limiting forms of the yokes and moulds of convention. However, there is a stark difference between the ways in which both sisters’ … Continue reading

18th century / Science

Emilie du Chatelet: The Multi-Tasking Marquise

By Mohsin Khan Emilie du Chatelet, regarded for too long as a footnote of history being a mistress of Voltaire, was a driven and passionate physicist, mathematician and translator. She derived the equation for kinetic energy by studying the work of Leibniz and created the only existing French translation of Newton’s Principia. Du Chatelet’s scientific … Continue reading

20th century / Arts

Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina: The (im)Possibility of Writing the Female Self

By Alexandra Hills The cultic tradition of German literary scholarship overlooks its few female exponents shadowed by inescapable male heavyweights of Germanistik. To toe the standard line, women in German literature are often limited to playing a supporting role to the eminent male genius whose ineluctable influence decides their fate, Goethe’s Gretchen for example. Ingeborg … Continue reading

20th century / Science

Dorothea Bate: Paleontology Pioneer and Mistress of the Museum

By Claire Standley You’d be forgiven for not recognising the name Dorothea Bate; an elusive figure of history, she is most likely to be remembered for her association with the Natural History Museum, as well as her frequent field trips to the Mediterranean. However, through recent biographical research, she has been rediscovered as a wholesome, … Continue reading

Classical/ Ancient / Humanities

Mary Magdalene: The Epitome of Faithful Female Discipleship

By Simon Cuff The epitome of discipleship represented by Mary Magdalene is all the more startling both because it contradicts the picture presented by popular culture thanks to Dan Brown, and the traditional Christian idea of her as the reformed prostitute and sinner, and because of what it tells us about ourselves. The Gospels are … Continue reading