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Literary Canon Update

Have you ever been given a reading list that’s written, translated, and selected exclusively by and for men? Odds are you’ve rarely seen any that aren’t. If you want to appreciate the cannon while also living in a world where women exist, this is the list for you. These books and translations are some of the best and most lauded of all time, and yes, they’re by women.

It was, I must confess, a little hard to compile. The Odyssey was first translated by a woman only in 2017! But don’t despair. It’s all here for the taking.

 

The Iliad and the Odyssey

 

Homer’s epics have been translated MANY times, but these, by Caroline Alexander and Emily Wilson, respectively, set an incredible standard.

 

The Iliad

 

 

Close as can be to the ancient Greek, this translations has garnered heaping praise. “[T]he guard has changed, and a new gold standard has appeared”, said New Criterion at the volume’s publication. This edition even manages to retain the original line numbers from the Greek.

 

The Odyssey

 

 

This work, too, matches the original Greek as closely as possible. “A staggeringly superior translation―true, poetic, lively and readable, and always closely engaged with the original Greek”, said Harvard classics professor Richard F. Thomas. Iambic pentameter imitates the lyricism of the original Greek, and the volume also includes translation guides and maps.

 

 

Antigonik and An Oresteia

 

 

For both of these it is possible to turn to Anne Carson, a Canadian translator and classics professor. Carson’s translations are modern, elegant, and never condescending. In stead of translated, the works seem brought into the light, with all their strangeness and fierceness intact.

 

 

Jane Austen

 

How is it that Jane Austen, often the only woman on a reading list, is still under hyped? I had a guy in a bar tell me once that if people like Austen it’s because they haven’t read a lot of books. He really said that. Family conflict, human stories, and scathing humor makes Austen worth reading, with characters you really will love, and hate.

 

Pride & Prejudice

 

It’s a staple for a reason, and if you’re not sure you’ll relate to these people’s problems, you’re wrong. Fuckboys, impending poverty, poor decisions, and character growth you can get behind. Plus, it may be a period piece, but people still love their sisters. You’ll relate.

 

 

Jane Eyre

 

 

Another classic people want to avoid, but it has everything: deaths, fire, lies, weddings, blindness. I wouldn’t exactly call Jane a relateable character, but she’s understandable, I think, when you see everything she’s been through. And she’s incredibly decisive.

 

 

 

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3 Shockingly Savage Jane Austen Quotes

There are so many spectacular Jane Austen quotes it’s hard to choose just three, but they’re not all just deep or wise or about marriage and life (or at least, not only those things). Some of them are actually the sickest burns I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

Persuasion

 

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That is an incredibly metal way to talk about someone who died at sea. My god. Austen doesn’t get enough credit for totally demolishing people. These are not just cozy period pieces. Things get REAL. This is only like half the quote, too. She reads this guy straight through six feet and a coffin. He might not be good for much, but at least we got this devastating burn out of it.

 

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

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What’s that Mr. Darcy? I don’t seem to understand you. Get rekt. Elizabeth is actually pretty polite. At least compared to Anne. I’m not sure there’s any outdoing her. Elizabeth is scathing though, and whatever she lacks in outright insults she certainly makes up for in getting her point across. There are many ways to offend.

 

 

Northanger Abbey

 

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Be smug, readers. I guess this isn’t THAT bold of a statement, since people who DON’T enjoy novels aren’t likely to be reading Austen, but it’s also really extreme. “Intolerably stupid?” I mean, it’s not like I’m saying she’s completely wrong. I’m just saying. Those are READERS, Jane. Something something character development. If you didn’t like Northanger Abbey I guess this is why.

 

 

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Top Five Pride and Prejudice Memes

Pride and Prejudice has plenty of iconic moments, especially between Elizabeth and Darcy. Their interest, hostility, and insults make for some of the book’s best scenes, and between movie adaptations and the staples of the art form, they’ve also generated a lot of quality memes.

 

When her family shows a lack of propriety:

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We’ve all experienced conflicted feelings, but just maybe not on this level. Your family sucks! Marry me! Figure yourself out, man. He’s kind of a mess, but who isn’t? Anyway, it’s one of the things we love about him.

 

 

When people just don’t get you:

 

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Classic Darcy. Of course, he does grow as a person, but damned if he isn’t pretty sure of himself in the beginning. The man’s too cool to dance at a wedding. Then again, Elizabeth might judge the things he says, and rightly so, but it’s not like she was dancing either.

 

 

When someone is just…. SO wrong:

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Our Elizabeth is a busy woman, with plenty of hobbies and plenty of suitors to reject, but sometimes correcting people has to take priority. We’ve all been there, and he probably said he doesn’t like the oxford comma too.

 

 

When your nemesis confesses their love:

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Love? In this guy’s heart? It’s more likely than you think. No one sees it coming though, and certainly not Elizabeth. Of course, our girl isn’t down for long, and her rejection is maybe the most brutal and specific in literary history, but for a second there she’s just… who?

 

 

When you didn’t notice something for a really long time:

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We can all be a bit oblivious sometimes. Maybe not “fail to notice when someone’s in love with us” oblivious, but you know. Besides, Darcy’s so contrary all the time, could anyone tell how he felt? The man is his own worst enemy.

 

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10 Literary Ladies who Deserve to Celebrate Hot Girl Summer

What exactly is hot girl summer? I’m so glad you asked.

Hot girl summer is a term coined by fans of Megan Thee Stallion.

 

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The rapper explained the movement to The Root:

“It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.”

And that’s really all there is to it. Hot girl summer is about exuding confidence, and helping those around you love themselves in turn.

Now, which literary heroines deserve to strut their stuff and throw it in a circle all night this summer?

Wow, I’m so glad you asked.

 

 

1. Fleur Delacour

 

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Fleur deserved better. There I said it.

By the end of all the Harry Potter books, Fleur is married to Bill Weasley and the couple have three children together. That’s all well and good, but I feel like Fleur never got the chance to reach her full potential as the enchanting siren of temptation that her introduction in Goblet of Fire makes her out to be.

Plus, Ginny calls her ‘Phlegm.’ And that’s just not very nice at all.

 

2. Bella Swan

 

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Bella Swan is easily one of the most hated characters in literary history. But if you look past the painful internalized misogyny, and the general blandness, what’s left to hate?

The fact that she has a hot vampire boyfriend, and you don’t?

Jealousy is a disease, sweetie, get well soon!

 

3. Helen of Troy

 

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Helen of Troy is a very well known facet of Greek mythology, and has been written about thousands of times. However, in pretty much anything you read about her, she’s a boss.

She caused a 10 year war, and the deaths of over ten thousand men, just by being the hottest hottie in all of ancient Greece. That’s some real hot girl stuff (I’m, sadly, not allowed to swear).

 

4. Janie Crawford

 

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Janie Crawford is the main character in Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and, as a black woman living in North America during the early 1900’s, she suffers at the hands of almost every person she meets.

But, as we witness her life story, we see Janie’s liberation from the dictations of society. She bravely opposes those who try to limit her identity to her sex or race, and comes out the other side with the sense of self that had once been taken from her.

Maybe hot girl summer is when the pear trees blossom…

 

5. Lisbeth Salander

 

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Lisbeth Salander is similar to Janie Crawford in terms of the abuse she has suffered. And like Janie Crawford, Lisbeth seeks to defy those who have hurt her.

Hot girl summer is about loving yourself, and I think exposing a serial murderer and rapist after suffering through sexual assault yourself certainly falls under the proverbial self-love umbrella. 

 

 

6. Wendy Torrance

 

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Wendy had a bad winter, there’s no denying that.

But now it’s summer, baby! Time to shed that cowboy cardigan, make your way down the mountainside, and dip your toes in the warm sand!

Wendy is newly single and ready to mingle with a man who loves kids and HATES wielding axes.

 

7. Katniss Everdeen

 

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Katniss is one of the first characters to come to mind when thinking of badass heroines, and that alone gets her a spot on this list.

Plus, if you’ve read Mocking Jay, you know that things get -erm- literally hot for Katniss… She’s earned a little time to relax and let her braid down.

 

8. daenerys targaryen

 

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Okay, I’ll confess. I’ve never read or seen Game of Thrones. Sue me. I’ve included Daenerys based on the research I’ve done about her character, but I won’t pretend to be an expert.

Instead of making an argument that might fall flat on the ears of dedicated fans, I’ll turn to this quote (I also don’t really know if this quote is a spoiler, proceed with caution):

“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea. Any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.”

9. Nancy Drew

 

Nancy DrewImage via TVLine

 

Nancy Drew is an icon in every sense of the word. I don’t think anyone says it quite like my personal lord and savior, Shangela;

“Figure it out like Nancy Drew/Catch up quick like, Halleloo!/Who gon’ check me boo?/Not you!/I’m a pro!”

She’s smart and she knows it, and that is some real hot girl crap (is ‘crap’ any better than ‘stuff’?)

 

10. Elizabeth Bennet

 

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Okay, now it’s real hot girl hours. Possibly the most iconic hot girl of them all. Maybe the hottest of all the girls.

Elizabeth Bennet has all the men around town tripping over their heels in a rush to propose. She gets to turn down two proposals, and when someone asks her to refuse the next one she decides to say yes.

Having emotional depth, a complex psyche, and enough self respect to listen to your heart and do things on your own terms? That’s some real hot girl-ness (I’m sorry).

 

 

 

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