Sonntag, 17. September 2017

Women, language, literature and the market

Anne Enright's DIARY, in the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, Vol. 39 No. 18 · 21 September 2017 (pages 33-35 | 5094 words) deals with the gender bias in literature (even in langauge and, of course, very much in business):

In 2015, the novelist Catherine Nichols sent the opening pages of the book she was working on to fifty literary agents. She got so little response she decided to shift gender and try as ‘George’ instead. The difference amazed her. ‘A third of the agents who saw his query wanted to see more, where my numbers never did shift from one in 25.’ The words, as written by George, had an appeal that Catherine could only envy. She also, perhaps, felt a little robbed. ‘He is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book.’

Read on here

Thoughtful, mind opening!

Anne Enright in Wikipedia

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