Women in the Arts

As an English major, I quickly became familiar with the western literary canon (the classics) and the issues surrounding it. Throughout college, I read Shakespeare, Donne, Wilde, Emerson, Poe, Thoreau, Conrad and so on. What do the names on this list have in common?

The most influential works in literary history, the ones we consider to be “classics,” are, more often than not, written by white men. The western literary canon has effectively erased, hidden, and discredited works by women and people of color. And that is just the thing…