In a male-dominated industry, the following six women broke new ground. Some worked hard to create exciting programmes, some spotlighted taboo subjects, and some were the first of their kind. We pay tribute to these six women for their strength and courage and for their work in changing the television landscape forever. It’s hard to imagine just what the television industry and today’s shows would be without them. Lucille Ball Lucile Ball was undoubtedly, and famously, a genius when it came to comedy. She was also, however, one of the industry’s most successful ever executives. By having her hit TV show, I Love Lucy, filmed on quality tape, as opposed […]
Allow me to present the following to you: Pride and Prejudice, Life After Life, To Kill a Mockingbird, Evil Under the Sun, Them, The Goldfinch, White Teeth, The Namesake, Kindred, Modern Lovers, The Handmaid’s Tale, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, The Tale of Genji, The Age of Innocence. Do you know why they are so significant and particularly important?
We continue our literary search for some of the very best female characters in books and film. We have already seen powerful women such as Jo March in Little Women, and Elizabeth Bennett in the classic period tale of Pride and Prejudice. What united these two great characters was their determination to face society and all its rules, but stick to their guns and ignore what was acceptable and to conform to what others wanted. We start our concluding part of our blog with Lisbeth Salander, who is one of the most intriguing women’s characters of all time. Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo features a character named […]
What can be more appealing than a leading female character in a good book or film? Some of history’s most intriguing literary characters, both fictional and real, have been female. From heroines to young teenage sleuths, female characters have captured our imagination ever since they first appeared in literature. The female is without doubt the most complex of the species, and therefore the most interesting to write and read about. And in this blog we explore some of the strongest female literary characters that have ever appeared in books. Elizabeth Bennett Jane Austen is one of the most prolific writers of her generation, and her skill at describing characters in […]
Turning the page, we continue on our literary journey to discover the best female contemporary East Asian writers that are shaking up the world literature. Already we have dipped our attention into the writings of Han Kang and Banana Yoshimoto. In this blog we focus on three more giants of East Asian writing: Hiromi Kawakami, Krys Lee and the very moving Chinese writer Yiyun Li. Hiromi Kawakami Japanese fiction and novels have come a long way from the old traditional plays that toured feudal Japan centuries ago. The prose like many modern texts is completely different in 2018 than what it was three decades ago, never mind about centuries. Hiromi […]
There have been some great female writers that have come from Asia, and Asian Literature can mean literature written by Asian’s or text that has Asian themes and topics. Actually Asian literature can be further split up into cultural divides as shown below: East Asian Literature West Asian Literature Southeast Asian Literature Central Asian Literature North Asian Literature In this blog we feature female authors that come from East Asia, which includes Korea, China and Japan. We study their great works and learn about who they are and what they love to write about. In Korea and Japan in particular, the writers seem to have the greatest creative spirits and […]
The second edition of our literary journey to find Asian women protagonists by modern day writers, kicks off with another novel by the excellent F.C. Lee. In the first episode of our blog another novel by F.C.Lee was featured and this book takes off where that left off.
The end of the 20th century saw an emergence of strong female political leaders who represent many different ethnicities. What they all have in common is that they have overcome sexism in order to firstly get voted as the leader of their parties and secondly become the most favored politician in their country. Many have done so without cowing to public pressure and have proved to be just as strong as their male counterparts. This was certainly the case with Margaret Thatcher who was the prime minister of the United Kingdom between 1979 and 1990. She was the first woman to hold the post and was the longest serving prime […]
The athletics track nowadays is an arena where many black women from around the world excel. In the sprint races the field is dominated by runners of an Afro-Caribbean origin with the longer distance races being competed for by many women from East Africa. One of the United States most successful sprinters has been Florence Griffith Joyner. Her career as a sprinter saw her culminating in winning three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. It was during this period that she broke the world record times in both the 100m and the 200m. Both of these records stand today. What made “Flo Jo” stand out was her style […]
There have been some brilliant Asian protagonists in literature, but not that many are as famous as the great heroines or protagonists in Western novels. In this blog we hope to address that situation by looking at modern Asian protagonists in literature today.