More Than Just a Gibson Girl: The New Woman

The New Woman prompted a lot of satirical photos and cartoons by the male establishment who felt threatened by her growing popularity and power. This photo depicts the “masculinized” New Woman. Dressed in turn-of-the-century male garb (the straw hat and knickerbocker pants), she stands over her man with a cocky, stern look on her face, … Continue reading More Than Just a Gibson Girl: The New Woman

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Gilded Age Backlash: The Progressive Era

Although this cartoon refers specifically to only one of the reforms during the Progressive Era (women’s suffragism), it is visually a great example of what was going on with all reforms during this era. Photo Credit: Political cartoon about suffrage in the United States. Four women supporting suffrage on a steamroller crushing rocks "opposition". Illustration … Continue reading Gilded Age Backlash: The Progressive Era

A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century

Photo Credit: OpenClipartVectors/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Welcome to the Dream Book Blog’s first post of 2019! I’m not ashamed to say I’m a feminist. I became a feminist in college when I began studying literature and women’s fiction. I came from a very patriarchal house (read: chauvinist) where my parents supported the idea that the men ruled … Continue reading A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century

Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)

***This post is part of The Third Annual Olivia De Havilland Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Films blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Let me introduce you to the real Charlotte Brontë. She was not a wallflower in mourning. She always wanted to be famous; she pined … Continue reading Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)

A Long and Peculiar Friendship: Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland

***This post is part of the Dynamic Duos in Classic Film Blogathon, hosted by the Classic Movie Hub and Once Upon A Screen blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “[Olivia de Havilland] and Bette commerced their long but ‘peculiar’ friendship.” (Considine, location 2662) Bette Davis was notoriously difficult to work with. Back in the days of Hollywood when … Continue reading A Long and Peculiar Friendship: Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland

Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)

***This post is part of the Elizabeth Taylor Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. ***  ***Some spoilers.*** Mary Catherine Castelli (Carol Burnett): “It’s weird telling all this to a total stranger.” Deborah Shapiro (Elizabeth Taylor): “We’re not strangers anymore, kiddo.” When I saw Crystal put up … Continue reading Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)

Author Inspirations: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein

Photo Credit: Unknown Woman Formally Known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Samuel John Stump, date unknown (but before 1863), National Portrait Gallery: Dcoetzee/Wikimedia Commons /PD Art (PD Old 100) “‘Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos’” (as quoted in “How Mary Shelley…”, par. 17) Going … Continue reading Author Inspirations: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein