Genius at the School Gates

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Harvard Magazine
June 3, 2014

“Silly novels by lady novelists are a genus with many species, determined by the particular quality of silliness that predominates in them—the frothy, the prosy, the pious, or the pedantic.” So began a scathing 1856 essay by English novelist Mary Ann Evans, who chose her pen name, George Eliot, precisely to avoid association with the more frivolous writers of her sex.

“Gender issues have plagued the arts from time immemorial,” said writer Gish Jen ’77, BI ’87, RI ’02, during the panel “Gender and the Business of Fiction,” one of three held on Radcliffe Day, May 30, to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

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