Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rave Review

I know the statistics, studied in college when English majors read the male canon of writers for class, and had friends who could only get their stories published in “women’s magazines”. We worshipped Virginia Wolff and longed for a “room of our own”—that room where you could hole up and write. Certainly there were exceptions— but they were often referred to as women writers writing stories for women with women protagonists. A less than category.

A recent movie , The Wife, is a must see if you ever wanted to write, if you read books by women, if you wonder why — even in 2018— books written by women don’t garner as many reviews in prestigious magazines like The New York Review of Books.

The movie is a must see for every women. Well written, beautifully acted —and it makes you want to read every forgotten women writer whose books languish on some shelf.

Even if you never yearned to write —-always read women authors and know that in recent years women have  more than held their own in every category of our own National Book Awards—-this is not the case internationally.

The Wife deserved wide distribution and estactic reviews. The distribution is moderate and the reviews laud the acting rather than the story. A typical review for a movie deemed to cater to women.

The Nobel Prize for literature is more than a prize in The Wife .   
It take on the garments of a character within the movie.


“The Nobel Prize for literature, set up in 1901, which encompasses all languages, has been awarded to women just 14 times, the first of them being Swedish author Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf in 1909. American novelist Toni Morrison became the first (and so far only) black female laureate in 1993.

The Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, established two years after the Nobel, has been awarded to men 89% of the time, and didn’t have its first female winner until 1944: Elsa Triolet’s Le Premier Accroc Coûte Deux Cents Francs (A Fine of Two Hundred Francs). This is surprising, given that French writers dominate literature prizes internationally—they have won the most literature Nobels, for instance. Earlier this month, Leïla Slimani, a French-Moroccan writer, became only the 12th woman to win the award for her bestselling novel Chanson Douce…” .
        —-Quartz  “ Women are horribly under-represented in the world’s top literary awards”
                          By Aamma Mohsin


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