Posted in Music Comments Off on Autumn gigs. This was fun. A weekend in Wales, meeting up with my friend Fern to support her on her odyssey around the newly opened and lengthy coastal path. She was in Anglesey, one of my favourite places, so I went down for the weekend. Fern and I had worked together years ago on This Imaginary Woman, a theatrical song cycle of grief for Volcano theatre company.
We talked about different scenarios: a dark studio room with roaming lights, of two dancers interacting. What about just dancing on the beach listening to the song for the first time, I asked?
And here it is, spliced from three performances in quick succession: wild, wet and free. Love it. Thanks so much Fern. This was a saga. Test pressing after test pressing. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Women in the s were part of a changing world and a new identification with gender roles, especially in the mother role. Mother figures are highly influential characters in his work. Fitzgerald was undoubtedly his own source of vital inspiration, but this fact does not overshadow his own literary expertise.
Richard Diver. The autobiographical focus in these two novels is more than a simple cathartic experience; Fitzgerald articulates elements of contemporary s life to communicate the values and changing dynamics of a generation. The male protagonists of these two novels are constantly changing throughout the plot and experience varying crises of identity alongside several different types of female characters.
The Victorian tradition defines manhood through hard labor and self-control, but, as the world moved into the new twentieth century, the social world took precedence and the balance of the sexes in the workplace caused men to lose accountability in their own adulthood.
While Victorian mores dictated that middle-class men be independent breadwinners who claimed heroism and respect in the world of business, modern reality. Filene qtd. As men were abandoning the traditional masculine ideal through the ease of earning money in office jobs and the stock market, women were successfully integrating into masculine power structures; the female role in society shifted from the background to the foreground. Although this dramatic change was revolutionary for women at the time, it was mostly based on social circumstance.
The Great War was the motivation to accept women into the working world, but the sustaining need for independence was not anticipated by the whole of society. Women left the household for the working world as a result of the First World War, much to the dissatisfaction of men when they came home from battle. The discovery of a life beyond motherhood taught women that they could actualize hopes to go beyond traditional roles. Regardless of this possibility of a change in society, opposition was still strong among the general population.
Society worked hard to keep women from going too far with this new freedom; reconstruction of gender identity gave:. American society. Freedman Essentially, women took on more responsibility in the working realm while still maintaining the home, but rather than this inspiring a balanced and equal society, resonating Victorian ideals inhibited significant change from occurring in the most appropriate moment.
Women tasted freedom but could not incorporate independence into their daily life due to societal limitations. The war itself represented opportunity for many American men to regain some kind of masculine identity, so the conclusion was reached that. The war gave men the chance to be men in an honorific and absolute sense. James This anxiety is reflected in each of his protagonists, as they all participated in the war during or before the setting of the novel.
The struggle to regain masculine identity among men in the modern time period can be attributed to more factors than the emergence of the leisure class; many changes in America had slowly contributed to a weakening of male influence in the family:.
Her power, a misplaced paternalism, is occasionally of great value in the training of children; but more often it is crippling to the pursuit of identity and maturity. Stavola Beatrice has lived the life of a cultured and educated woman, so she settles into domestic life resentfully, never being able to let go of what potential she has.
As a result, Beatrice travels extensively and avoids direct commitment to any potential friends or even to her husband, attempting to recreate the life she had before her marriage. It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.
Beatrice is a prime example of this woman caught between competing distinctions of womanhood: the traditional subservient Victorian woman and the modern, independent, and educated woman.
Women as the main parent, therefore, generate anxiety in the new male generation. Each poem has its own spirit, but it also contributes to the deepening philosophical meditation of the relationship between humans and nature, which builds up throughout the collection.
Rather than using rigid blocks of text in each poem to achieve literary depth, she relies on parallel discourses — with each poem embodying a voice for one side or another — between personified flowers of a garden to the human gardeners and humans voicing unanswered thoughts to an unnamed god. Constant dialogue is occurring, with individual poems taking their turn to speak. I have always admired her ability to use deceptively simple language to express condensed ideas, but I am also interested in considering how her careful selection of poems into this collection guides the reader into deeper contemplation.