Starving for Heroines: On Women Writers, Fame and Forgetting
Why are we constantly rediscovering women writers? How do they get lost in the first place? In this talk the literary critic and cultural historian Joanna Scutts will explore the power structures that shape literary fame, and argue that we mustn’t let our hunger for individual icons blind us to the diversity of women’s voices. Real change – in how we read, remember, and write about brilliant women and brilliant books – depends on raising up a crowd of diverse, surprising, and transformative voices.
This is a collaboration between the National Library of Scotland the Transatlantic Literary Women Series sponsored by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy (https://transatlanticladies.wordpress.com/).