Thursday, March 31, 2005

"novels corrupt women"

"There was a real fear that reading novels would disrupt the woman’s duties by giving them false ideas of life and particularly made women unsuited for and unhappy with the domestic roles for which society destined them. A woman's mind was considered weaker than the male's and therefore some people felt that these novels would also affect their morality. Novels, it was thought, made immoral actions seem more interesting than virtuous ones"

History of the Novel, Kristan Whipple, Studies in the Novel, 1740-1900, Department of English, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Tony Forster traces the history of resistance to new forms of self expression powered by new technologies, from printing press to the novel to comic books to film, radio, TV and most recently computer games at his new Game Maker webpage.

Maybe a future historian will see the current resistance to games in education as ridiculous as the above quote about novels corrupting women.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”
- Herman Melville

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