In challenging at once the prevailing political attitudes of the time, and the literary ones, Wollstonecraft lays a foundation for her daughter, Mary Shelley, to continue these efforts. Wollstonecraft was arguing for a sense of radical inclusion, that by ironing out the divisions between men and women mankind might become, in her words, ‘more wise and virtuous’, with a greater sense of equality. Wollstonecraft died giving birth to her daughter, Mary, a fact which haunted Shelley throughout her life.
“In the 1820s and 1830s […] theatre productions in London were becoming more elaborate in their setting, dressing and ‘getting up’” (Taylor 1993, 3). Shakespeare productions in the Victorian era were marked by a sumptuous and decadent attention to visual artistry.
In writer-director Céline Sciamma’s landmark lesbian film Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), set in eighteenth-century France, the young noblewoman Heloïse (Adèle Haenel, who is Sciamma’s former partner) refuses to sit for a portrait. Soon to marry an unknown Milanese man, for whom the portrait is destined, this is the only rebellion she can wage.
Emily almost poetically describes the emotions evoked by Lorrie Moore's book 'Self-Help'. She describes the techniques that Moore uses to create the atmosphere that is felt by readers.
Rebecca O'Brien, Editor 2017-18, summarises our aims and a selection of our articles for our Tenth Anniversary.
A collection of important feminist dates to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Act which gave British women (over 30 with property qualifications) the ability to vote.
Rebecca discusses how important it is to have a female feminist as President of the Supreme Court.
Ellie writes about how relevant Ding Ling's analysis of gendered language is to our modern day disparity in degree results.
Ellen Pasternack writes about how important Jane Goodall's work was in increasing our understanding of animal behaviour. Her work led to a revolution in scientific thought as to the humankind's place in the animal kingdom.
Imogen discusses the media's representation of Hillary Clinton as a wife rather than a politician. And how all female politicians are treated like this; devaluing their professional achievements in pursuit of sexist abuse.