Women in Modern Literature Fiction - Essay


(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Ford Madox Ford

SOURCE: "The Woman of the Novelists," in The Critical Attitude, Duckworth & Co., 1911, 190 p.

[In the following essay, Ford presents, in the form of a letter, an analysis of the "Woman of the Novelists, " which he defines as the amalgam of women as portrayed in literature, finding that presentations of female characters are generally harmful to women in society and personal life.]

My dear mesdames, X, Y, and Z.

We should like you to observe that we are writing to you not on the women, but on the Woman of the novelists. The distinction is very deep, very serious. If we were writing on female characters—on...

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