Farewell, LGBTQ History Month!

I thought about how I wanted to finish out October as LGBTQ history month, but before I launch into the meat of this post, just a couple of messages:

1. NOVEMBER STARTS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! And since I participate in National Novel Writing Month (because I was not yet busy enough), the Radical Idea is looking to hear from readers participating in NaNoWriMo.  Tell us about LGBTQ/feminist themes in your novels or LGBTQ characters you write about.  Feel free to email RadicalButLogical@gmail.com at any time.

2. We are also accepting submissions on the following subjects: issues facing young adults (especially college students), body image, and of course current events.


So, October is ending.  Today is Halloween-~-and also the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which helped feminism by leading to women being educated for the express purpose of reading the Bible. Woo!  That said, today we at the Radical Idea are honoring Virginia Woolf, who was both a feminist and a member of the LGBTQ community, making her the perfect person to feature on this blog.

Virginia Woolf, for those who don’t already know, was literary figure famous for her modernist style.  If we are honest, she is also famous for filling her pockets with rocks and wading into a river to drown herself, but that is not really what I wanted to focus on here.  Woolf utilized her writing as a forum for feminist themes, a strategy that makes political and social philosophy accessible to the general public and sparks discussion.  (This is why feminist writers in general are so important)  Moreover, Woolf also had a love affair with Vita Sackville-West, a contemporary poet who was highly influential in her life.

Basically what I’m telling you is that Virginia Woolf was bi, and she was a feminist, and she did awesome things before her tragic death.

She wrote several acclaimed novels, including Jacob’s Room and The Voyage Out, as well as a number of short stories.  Her extended essay A Room is now regarded as a classic feminist work: it examines the works of many famous female authors, including names that most of us would recognize such as Jane Austen, and discusses their struggle to be recognized for their art.  Her contributions to modernism is also worthy of note: she utilized a stream-of-conciousness in order to emphasize the psychological aspects of her characters, a new stylistic tool that had previously not been popularized.

In the Halloween Spirit, I’ve included a link to Virginia Woolf’s A Haunted House: the story can be found at http://www.online-literature.com/virginia_woolf/856/

Happy October!



~ by Randi Saunders on November 1, 2011.

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