December 12, 2009

ACTION AND QUEST

"Implicit in Arendt's work, and much of social thought as well, is that male perspective equals the human and therefore also encompasses the assumedly narrower female view. For women novelists, as we have seen, the corollary of this appears to be the assumption that only a male character can stand for the full range of human experience, moving through action and quest to achievement or failure."

-Carolyn Heilbrun, Reinventing Womanhood, 1979

I am finishing up reading this book for the first meeting of feminist book club tomorrow and I have dog eared a third of the pages, to go back and copy stuff down. She is so swift and sharp, it's a bit like reading Didion, except the anger is not smoldering, it's alive. The two Heilbrun books I have read so far this winter are the two best feminist books I have read in years and years. I do not think she is widely read. The copy of the book I have was last checked out in 1979, shortly after publication, which is a shame.

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