Women in/as Literature

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Women in/as Literature

  1. 1. and as a teaser: try these quotes for size:
  2. 2. Women are like tricks by sleight of hand, Which, to admire, we should not understand. WILLIAM CONGREVE, Love for Love
  3. 3. For I cannot think that GOD Almighty ever made them [women] so delicate, so glorious creatures; and furnished them with such charms, so agreeable and so delightful to mankind; with souls capable of the same accomplishments with men: and all, to be only Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves. DANIEL DEFOE, The Education of Women
  4. 4. I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men. GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede
  5. 5. For men have marble, women waxen, minds, And therefore are they form'd as marble will; The weak oppress'd, the impression of strange kinds Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill: Then call them not the authors of their ill, No more than wax shall be accounted evil Wherein is stamp'd the semblance of a devil. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece
  6. 6. A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. MELINDA GATES Woman's Day Magazine October 2007
  7. 7. What is better than wisdom? Woman And what is better than a good woman? Nothing GEOFFREY CHAUCER The Canterbury Tales
  8. 8. Woman began at zero, and has through ages slowly unfolded and risen. Each age has protested against growth as unsexing woman. HENRY WARD BEECHER Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
  9. 9. The opinion I have of the generality of women who appear to me as children to whom I would rather give a sugar plum than my time, forms a barrier against matrimony which I rejoice in. JOHN KEATS letter to George and Georgiana Keats, Oct. 14, 1818

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