Mavis Gallant was a Canadian writer, born in 1922. She is known as a short story writer, although other works include the novels: Green Water, Green Sky (1959), A Fairly Good Time (1970), and an essay collection, Paris Notebooks (1986). Working as a journalist for The Montreal Standard, she was one of the first to witness and report on the photos of the liberation of the Nazi camps...
"...Marie’s indefatigable quest for a vaginal orgasm would lead her to undergo surgery three times to relocate her clitoris. Criticised by some as a deluded defender of phallo-centricity, she should be seen instead as a courageous advocate of a woman’s right to her own sexual satisfaction." Clara Wade discusses Marie Bonaparte and the female orgasm.
Cosmopolitanism has become a dirty word in twenty-first century politics. Postmodern progressivism and resurgent ethnonationalism, somewhat unlikely bedfellows, have together exposed the inadequacy of traditional cosmopolitan models to accommodate diversity. Under attack from both sides of the political spectrum, the prospect of global citizenship seems increasingly undesirable, passé and even suspect.
By Yvette Dell Jane Barker’s semi-autobiographical heroine in The Galesia Trilogy - three novels published between 1713 and 1726 - embodies not only the literary female but the educated woman. Like Barker’s conflation of needles and pens in the titles of her novels, A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies (1723)and The Lining for the Patch-work… Continue reading “A Horse Caught In A Stable On Fire”: The Predicament of the Learned Woman in 18th century England
By Ramani Chandramohan Women in medieval literature are often depicted as damsels in distress, waiting at the top of a tower for a knight in shining armour to come and rescue them. The life of the writer Christine de Pizan was about as far from that trope as you can get. As a child, she… Continue reading The Mutations of Fortune: How Christine de Pizan became the first professional female writer
By Enlii Lewis Matt Bonner owes a great deal to Tove Jansson. His six-meter high ‘Trump Baby’ balloon, made infamous during the President’s 2019 state visit, is not the first satiric image of a head of state amid the throes of their terrible twos. On the cover of a 1938 issue of Garm magazine, Tove Jasson… Continue reading Tove Jansson: Satirising Stalin
By Rowan Wilson In 1776, a 23-year-old Rhode Island Quaker named Jemima Wilkinson fell gravely ill. Several days later, they recovered—miracle enough in a year where New England saw a number of epidemics course through its communities like forest fires. But at some point in those feverish few days, they claimed, something more remarkable had… Continue reading An Agender American Evangelist: the Public Universal Friend
By Raffaella Sero On the cover of “Jane Austen the Secret Radical”, a series of grey silhouette portraits of men and women succeed each other, all wearing clothes from the Regency Era, all facing the same direction - except for one, the red silhouette of a woman, sometimes identified with Jane Austen. According to the… Continue reading “L’aimable Jane”?: A conversation with Dr Helena Kelly
By Pandora Dewan Rita Levi-Montalcini was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with her colleague Stanley Cohen, for their discovery of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in 1986. This protein was the first described growth factor, a term for the biological mediators involved in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, survival, and function.… Continue reading Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini: the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor
By Ana Olendraru Comic artistry is an area often perceived and marketed as primarily male. Popular media presents comic books and their characters as a form of art addressed to young boys or to the stereotypical ‘loveable nerd’, most often a man (e.g. The Big Bang Theory, one of the most popular TV shows with… Continue reading The first “truly humorous” female artist: Marie Duval’s satire of the Victorian work ethic