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Teaser Tuesdays: Writing a Woman's Life

Teaser Tuesdays
is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others.)
• Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR (To-Be-Read) lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser is from Carolyn G. Heilbrun's classic book on the ways in which men and women who have written about women's lives have conformed all too often to society's expectations of what women should be like at the expense of the truth of the female experience. My teaser is from page 37, and concerns author George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans). This is all one sentence, but it's a long one, so I'm going with it.

"George Eliot, who did in her life what she could never portray in the lives of her heroines, allowed a minor character in Daniel Deronda to protest women's storylessness: "You can never imagine, " Daniel's mother tells him, "what it is to have a man's force of genius in you, and yet to suffer the slavery of being a girl. To have a pattern cut out...a woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt."


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 5th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)

Sounds interesting, but I'd have to be in the right frame of mine to read this. It sounds like a book I'd want to mull over and take my time reading.
My Tuesday post features ELIZABETH’S LANDING. (http://sandranachlinger.blogspot.com)

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