Justine Houyaux

Research on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


“In my 20s I was often defending, or trying to defend, Rose against David, or promote her cause somehow. The effect on my writing was fairly direct, though I think at the time I had no clear sense of the connection. I read The Female Eunuch in 1971 and thought it was a revelation. The feminism of the 1970s spoke directly to a knot of problems at the heart of our family’s life. I developed a romantic notion that if the spirit of women was liberated, the world would be healed. My female characters became the repository of all the goodness that men fell short of. In other words, pen in hand, I was going to set my mother free.”

Mother Tongue  by Ian McEwan, 2001


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