16.1 Writing a woman’s life
Female writers mentioned in the book: Dorothy Sayers, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf
Moratorium: a seemingly confused, aimless period in youth that is actually unconscious preparation for the task ahead
quest plot, questing is what makes a woman the heroine of her own life.
women must turn to one another for stories; they must share the stories of their lives and their hopes and unacceptable fantasies.
He (James Brabazon) recognizes the possibility that it is precisely not having been sexually attractive in youth that enables women to develop the ego-strength to be creative and ultimately part of the instrumental rather than the expressive world in adulthood.
Sayers:“If the trousers do not attract you, so much the worse; for the moment I do not want to attract you. I want to enjoy myself as a human being.”
Marriage is the most persistent of myths imprisoning women, and misleading those who write of women’s lives.
Women have long been nameless. They have not been persons. Handed by a father to another man, the husband. They have been objects of circulation, exchanging one name for another.