Lecture / Workshop 10

[Anne Sexton]

Lecture 10:
Politics of Lives

[Dr. Mary Paul]

Anthology texts to read:

  • Norman Bilbrough: 'The Facts of Life: Him,' from Grace (January 2001: 62-64)
  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku: ‘Old Man Tuna,' from Tahuri (1989)
  • Anne Sexton: ‘The Double Image,’ ‘For My Lover Returning To His Wife' & ‘The Fury of Overshoes,’ from The Complete Poems (1981)
  • Jane Westaway: 'The Facts of Life: Her,' from Grace (January 2001: 59-61)

Let's begin with the concept of the zeitgeist, or Spirit of the Age.

In our age, this could be said to be Sexual Politics, the sexual revolution, the Battle of the Sexes, or the so-called "second wave" of international Feminism.

The first wave was in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the second was in the 1960s and 1970s, and the third extends from the 1990s to the present.
- Charlotte Krolokke & Anne Scott Sorensen (2005). "Three Waves of Feminism: From Suffragettes to Grrls". Gender Communication Theories and Analyses:From Silence to Performance (Thousand Oaks, CA & London: Sage Publications, 2006): 24.

If you had to reduce this movement to a single tenet, it would definitely be:

One of the first things we discover in these [consciousness-raising] groups is that personal problems are political problems. There are no personal solutions at this time."
- Carol Hanisch (1969). "The Personal is Political". Feminist Revolution: Notes from the Second Year. Ed. Shulie Firestone & Anne Koedt (USA: Redstockings, 1969): 204-5.

But what does (or did) that mean in practice? Let's move on from our discussion of the Confessional poetry of the 1960s and 70s to the Feminist writing of the 70s and 80s ...

[Anthony Browell: Germaine Greer (1972)]

Workshop 9:
Discussing Proposals

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