Down the rabbit hole, we fall…Here we are expanding on the previous post, Watership Down. Here we will uncover the why we find the creepy, cringy, weirdo stuff as kids. There is something to these mad tales because they are an important part of our evolution as humans and for survival. Conquering fear is something that is a vital life skill. People who ‘defer’ reading fairy tales etc to reading other things are doing a disservice.
What does it mean to study women’s literature (or even to write it)? Well, consider the fact that it wasn’t unheard of to see women dominating literary and history programs in college and university, both back in the day and even still to this day. It’s the study of a marginalized group, in this case, women, and their roll in their group history. Everything from archeology to current affairs.
You can further that by breaking down the group into the sub-groups that are marginalized further as women. What do I mean? African American, Latin-X (sic Latina), etc. In other words, in titles like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Hate You Give, Fever Dream (I’ve heard Fever Dream is a force to be reckoned with currently, quite the book for Latin-X culture), At Night We Walk in Circles to name a few.
When the boys came home the assumption was the women would just go back home, but what happened instead was a push to keep women in the workforce. We can take a step back here to discuss the fact that prior to the war, women in the film were actually portrayed vastly differently, the same was true in novels.