Jane Eaton Hamilton

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Tag: Pulitzer Prize

“On Sexism in Literary Prize Culture”

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This sage article at Literary Hub.

“In 1987, Toni Morrison declared that she was reclaiming the label of “black woman writer,” stating that those who wouldn’t label her as such “were trying to suggest that I was ‘bigger’ than that, or better than that.” Instead, she says,

“I simply refused to accept their view of bigger and better. I really think the range of emotions and perceptions I have had access to as a black person and as a female person are greater than those of people who are neither. I really do. So it seems to me that my world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger.””

Analyzing the big prizes: do books about women win?

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sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton, Georgia O’Keefe, 2013

Nicola Griffith from Seattle analyzed some big awards and concluded that books about women and girls do not win them.  Furthermore, if women win, they are generally writing about men or boys.

Nicola Griffith

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