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25 August 2008 @ 06:45 pm
note to self  
You really shouldn't take negative or disparaging remarks about Emily Dickinson as either personal attacks or challenges. Just take a deep breath and let it pass.

The same thing is true of Austen. But I don't see much of that sort of thing with Shakespeare--maybe because he's a harder author to be offhand and disparaging about, at least not without having people look at you funny? But Dickinson and Austen--they're just girls, so it's okay.
Current Mood: irritatedthey shut me up in Prose
a_t_raina_t_rain on August 26th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, I hate the way some people think dissing women writers has some kind of cachet. They do it to the Brontes, too.
tempestsarekind: austen snark is the best snarktempestsarekind on August 26th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Ugh, yes. And I "love" the way that the criticism often revolves around the fact that they aren't 'important' because they didn't write about war or whatever. I mean, first of all, read the last page of Persuasion, or Dickinson's "They dropped like Flakes" or "To fight aloud is very brave," and then tell me they aren't enaging with war in their work, but really that criticism boils down to "these books/poems aren't male enough."