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Anne Shirley: red-headed snippet, freckled fictional heroine and stealth feminist

This is the third post in a series about the Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery – if you want more Anne, you can have more Anne!

Feminist heroines are hard to find in fiction. It’s pretty rare to open up a modern novel and find a heroine who uses the f-word to describe herself, and of course, that never happens in fiction written before the term “feminist” existed (although I do sometimes imagine Pride and Prejudice’s Lizzie Bennet showing up to the ball at Netherfield wearing a “This is what a feminist looks like t-shirt” over her ball gown. Doesn’t everyone?). So when I’m reading fiction, and particularly old fiction, I have to hunt ...

This is the third post in a series about the Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery – if you want more Anne, you can have more Anne!

Feminist heroines are hard to ...

Happy belated birthday, Jane Austen!

Yesterday was the 235th anniversary of the birth of Jane Austen, creator of my favourite fictional heroine, Lizzie Bennet (Lizzie shares the top spot with Hermione Granger and Anne Shirley). It was my dear friend Anna who informed me of the anniversary, which was appropriate, as it it was Anna who first introduced me to Pride and Prejudice. Anna was a precocious reader and attempted Austen far earlier than I did, and when we were about ten or eleven, she stuck a quotation from the book up on her wall. It read:

No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, ...

Yesterday was the 235th anniversary of the birth of Jane Austen, creator of my favourite fictional heroine, Lizzie Bennet (Lizzie shares the top spot with Hermione Granger and Anne Shirley). It was my dear friend Anna who ...

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