One of the ongoing questions in the study of classics is what relevance the ancient world has to us today. Sometimes I feel a little odd, as a leftie, a feminist and even as a young woman, for studying what if often seen as a bastion of the colonial, elite white male tradition. My Greek … More Patriarchy Past and Present: The Case of Cicero’s Clodia
This semester at uni, I fell in love with Virgil. I can’t profess knowledge of the entire Aeneid, but after thirteen weeks pouring over the Latin text of Book IV, weeping with Dido in her empty halls, cursing Aeneas with every bit of invective my mind could think up, and feeling my soul being lifted … More Classics and Feminism: thoughts on Virgil’s Dido
This piece was written for the 6th issue of the UQ Women’s Collective Zine, titled “Herstory.” Women in the Roman Republic and Empire are one of the most elusive parts of history. They are spoken for, but never speak; represented, but rarely for themselves. Where women feature in historical literature, the patriarchal tradition of moral … More Mothers and Whores: Women in Ancient Rome
For part one of the interview, click here. Do you think that there is such thing as women’s writing (as separate to “normal” writing/men’s writing)? My character Sophie ponders this in My Candlelight Novel, and I don’t think she comes to a firm conclusion. Virginia Woolf said that you shouldn’t write as a woman or … More Interview with a Feminist Author: Joanne Hornimann (Part Two)
(Please excuse my terrible unoriginal post title.) I’m extremely lucky to know Joanne Hornimann – possibly the author whose novels lie closest to my heart and my experience. I’d read some of her novels before, but my main love for her writing came around while I was spending my gap year in Germany and was … More Interview with a Feminist Author: Joanne Hornimann
Today was the opening day of the Brisbane Bookfest, where three of the convention centre’s halls are filled with tables and those tables filled with second-hand books, most of which you can buy for $2.50 each. (There’s an expensive section too, but I prefer the cheaper sections with the slightly more worn books. I am … More Books I Have Bought
Note: this was written (and posted at half past twelve at night) as a piece for a new feminist-minded zine in Brisbane, eFEMeral. Bear with me while I find the right references for the quotes. Feedback is much appreciated, as this isn’t due for two days and still may need some work. I’m going to … More No, I won’t just shut up and enjoy it!