Suppose Shakespeare had a sister, a brilliant sister, a sister with a writing gift as immense as her brother's.
That's what Virginia Woolf asks us to imagine in her epochal polemic A Room of One's Own. Is it likely that Judith Shakespeare- the name Woolf imagines for her - would have found the inner authority that couldhave
made hera playwright? Or, as is more likely, would her gift have remained silent? Silent not merely for want of encouragement. Silent because of the way that women are defined and therefore, commonly, define themselves.
For the obligation to be physically attractive and patient and nurturing and docile and sensitive and deferential to
fathers (to brothers, to husbands) contradicts and must collide with the egocentricity and aggressiveness and the indifference to self that a large creative gift requires in order to flourish...
Kendine Ait Bir Oda (A Room of One's Own)
Yaşlı Kadın ve Papağan (The Widow and the Parrot)
Pazartesi ya da Salı (Monday or Tuesday)