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  • Introduction. My thoughts on the idea: such a big topic, impossible to cover in 1 hour. When I started research I found out that it’s even more deep and complicated than I had imagined. So I had to compromise. First of all it is impossible to speak about all or even the most important women-writers neither in an hour, nor in a day, nor in a week. So I have chose three outstanding figures of the past and two quite popular and famous writers of the present. Still I won’t have enough time to speak to you about them in deep, so I will just give you some ideas to think over further. May be this will encourage you to read further too. Title
  • Women-writers

    1. 1. Women writers write for women? © РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    2. 2. “ It has rarely been easy to be a woman and a writer…” <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What did a woman need to be a writer in the past centuries? </li></ul><ul><li>What does a woman need to be a writer now? </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    3. 3. Do you know women-writers who wrote in English? РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    4. 4. Do women write only for women? <ul><li>How would you translate the term «женский роман» into English? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Romance novel” or “love-story”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the most typical features of this genre? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Happy end </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    5. 5. What do women writers write? <ul><li>Poems </li></ul><ul><li>Detective stories </li></ul><ul><li>Love stories </li></ul><ul><li>Novels </li></ul><ul><li>Short stories </li></ul><ul><li>Science-fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Horror </li></ul><ul><li>Drama </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s books </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    6. 6. What do women writers write? <ul><li>Poems : Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) </li></ul><ul><li>Detective stories : Agatha Christie (1890-1976), Mary Higgins Clark (1927- ) </li></ul><ul><li>Love stories : Barbara Cartland (1901-2000), Danielle Steel (1947- ) </li></ul><ul><li>Novels : Jane Austen (1775-1817), Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), George Eliot (1819-1880), Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), Daphne DeMaurier (1907-1989), Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Harper Lee (1926- ), Margaret Atwood (1939- ), Amy Tan (1952- ) </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    7. 7. What do women writers write? <ul><li>Short stories : Willa Cather (1876-1947) </li></ul><ul><li>Science-fiction : C.L.Moore (1911-1987) </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy : Ursula LeGuin (1929- ) </li></ul><ul><li>Horror : Mary Shelly (1797-1851) </li></ul><ul><li>Drama : Aphra Behn (1640-1689), Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s books : Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), Katherine Paterson (1932- ), Betsy Byars (1928- ), Kathryn Lasky (1944- ), J.K. Rowling (1965- ) </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    8. 8. Jane Austen (1775-1817) <ul><li>Works: </li></ul><ul><li>Sense and Sensibility (1811) </li></ul><ul><li>Pride and Prejudice (1813) </li></ul><ul><li>Mansfield Park (1814) </li></ul><ul><li>Emma (1815) </li></ul><ul><li>Northanger Abbey (1817) </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasion (1817) </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    9. 9. Jane Austen <ul><li>“ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.” </li></ul><ul><li>From “Pride and Prejudice” </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    10. 10. Jane Austen <ul><li>Who are her characters? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do they live? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they spend their time? </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    11. 11. Jane Austen <ul><li>Social problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich vs. poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents vs. children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men vs. women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honesty, nobility, kindness vs. deceit, greed, envy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s place in the society </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    12. 12. Who said this about Jane Austen? <ul><ul><li>“ That young lady had a talent for describing the involvement and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I have ever met with.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Passions are perfectly unknown to her; even to the Feelings she gives no more than an occasional graceful but distant recognition…Her business is not half so much with the human heart as with the human eyes, mouth, hands and feet.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sir Walter Scott </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charlotte Brontë </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    13. 13. The Bront ё sisters and brother <ul><li>Who were the members of the Brontë family and what are they famous for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), novelist, best known for “Jane Eyre”, the author of “The Professor”, “Villette” and “Shirley” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branwell Brontë (1817-1848), poet and painter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emily Brontë (1818-1848), novelist and poet, best known for “Wuthering Heights” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Brontë (1820-1849) novelist and poet, the author of “Agnes Gray” and “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    14. 14. “ Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bront ё <ul><li>Describe: a) Jane Eyre, b) Mr.Rochester ( appearance, character, your opinion) </li></ul><ul><li>If you were asked to design a trailer for a movie based on “Jane Eyre”, which scenes from this novel would you include? </li></ul><ul><li>Which scene in the novel aroused the strongest feelings in you? Which feelings? </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    15. 15. “ Jane Eyre”. Chapter 37. <ul><li>to start - вздрагивать </li></ul><ul><li>a yelp – лай </li></ul><ul><li>a whine - вой </li></ul><ul><li>commotion - шум </li></ul><ul><li>unavailing and distressing attempt – бесплодная и горестная попытка </li></ul><ul><li>imperiously - властно </li></ul><ul><li>delusion - галлюцинация </li></ul><ul><li>to seize - завладеть </li></ul><ul><li>frenzy - безумие </li></ul><ul><li>to grope – идти на ощупь </li></ul><ul><li>an outcast - изгой </li></ul><ul><li>a block - чурбан </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    16. 16. “ Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bront ё <ul><li>Why do you think “Jane Eyre” has become so popular and famous? Is this novel interesting only for girls? How might it be interesting for boys? </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    17. 17. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) <ul><li>Works: </li></ul><ul><li>Flower Fables (1854) </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Sketches (1863) </li></ul><ul><li>The Rose Family (1864) </li></ul><ul><li>Moods (1865) </li></ul><ul><li>Little Women (1868) </li></ul><ul><li>An Old Fashioned Girl (1870) </li></ul><ul><li>Little Men (1880) </li></ul><ul><li>… and others. </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    18. 18. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott <ul><li>“ Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft, brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fifteen-year- old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown…. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, grey eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty; but it was usually bundled in a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a fly-away look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn't like it.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Elizabeth - or Beth, as everyone called her - was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. …she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person - - in her own opinion at least. A regular snow-maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair, curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners. “ </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    19. 19. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott <ul><li>It’s Christmas Eve. </li></ul><ul><li>The girls are at home </li></ul><ul><li>waiting for their mother </li></ul><ul><li>to come after doing charity work to the poor. Their father is away fighting for the Union Army. The Civil War between North and South is raging on. </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская Chapter 1 Playing Pilgrims
    20. 20. Vocabulary notes <ul><li>to grumble - ворчать </li></ul><ul><li>contentedly – с радостью, довольно </li></ul><ul><li>sacrifice – жертва </li></ul><ul><li>Undine and Sintram - novellas by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué </li></ul><ul><li>hearth-brush </li></ul><ul><li>to trot - торопить </li></ul><ul><li>to fret - раздражаться </li></ul><ul><li>cross - сердитый </li></ul><ul><li>impertinent – грубый, нахальный </li></ul><ul><li>to plague - изводить </li></ul><ul><li>to libel – клеветать </li></ul><ul><li>to peck - бранить </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская Jo Beth Amy
    21. 21. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    22. 22. Sources of inspiration <ul><li>Can you find any similarities in the biographies of these writers and the characters of their books? </li></ul><ul><li>How are they different? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you explain this fact? </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    23. 23. Jane Austen <ul><ul><li>born to a family of a clergyman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the 6 th of seven children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educated at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not very rich </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spent most of her life in the country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>never married </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская <ul><li>Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)? </li></ul><ul><li>Emma Woodhouse (Emma)? </li></ul><ul><li>Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)? </li></ul>
    24. 24. The Bront ё Sisters <ul><li>six children in a family of a clergyman </li></ul><ul><li>three elder sisters were sent to a girls school, where two of them died </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte and Emily taught English and music in Brussels </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская <ul><li>Jane Eyre (“Jane Eyre”) </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy Snowe (“Villette”) </li></ul><ul><li>Caroline Helstone and Shirley Keeldar (“Shirley”) </li></ul><ul><li>Catherine Earnshaw </li></ul><ul><li>( « Wuthering Heights ») </li></ul>
    25. 25. Louisa May Alcott <ul><li>born to a poor family </li></ul><ul><li>had three sisters (one elder and two younger) </li></ul><ul><li>educated at home </li></ul><ul><li>was an abolitionist and a feminist </li></ul><ul><li>started to work at an early age (teacher, governess, seamstress) </li></ul><ul><li>was first published at the age of 22 </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская Meg March? Jo March? Beth March? Amy March?
    26. 26. Bridge to the Present РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская 1850 2000 Emily Dickinson Agatha Christie George Eliot Margaret Mitchell Iris Murdoch J.K.Rowlling Doris Lessing Colleen McCullough Virginia Woolf Gertrude Stein Amy Tan Margaret Atwood Louisa May Alcott
    27. 27. Margaret Atwood – Queen of CanLit <ul><ul><li>born 1939 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a Canadian writer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a poet, novelist, literary critic, feminist and activist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice </li></ul></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    28. 28. Margaret Atwood’s Works РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    29. 29. Margaret Atwood <ul><li>“ We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Negotiating with the Dead” </li></ul><ul><li>on the issue of women’s fiction and women-writers… </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская Interview on the radio
    30. 30. Amy Tan <ul><li>born 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>an American writer of Chinese decent </li></ul><ul><li>a novelist and essayist </li></ul><ul><li>has been translated into 35 languages, from Spanish, French, and Finnish to Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew, including russian </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    31. 31. Amy Tan’s Works РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    32. 32. Amy Tan <ul><li>Question: “A question about whether there might be a future novel that might feature the principal characters who are not Chinese.” </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Tan: </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская <ul><li>could write a novel about a man, but why would she </li></ul><ul><li>writes from personal reason, writes authentically </li></ul><ul><li>always has two elements: Chinese and American </li></ul>
    33. 33. Great Books of the Western World <ul><li>Volume 46. </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Austen “Emma” </li></ul><ul><li>George Eliot “Middlemarch” </li></ul>РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская
    34. 34. Thank you! Enjoy your reading! РГДБ, А.Н.Россинская