Last week, Rebecca (upper sixth) delivered an engaging and illuminating presentation to a packed out Harkness Room on the question of what constitutes ‘value’ in literary texts, especially in relation to male and female writers, respectively. Should a scene set on a battlefield, for example, be ascribed a higher value than a scene set in a shop? Rebecca argued not, drawing expertly on a wide range of challenging texts by female novelists, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Her presentation was based on an essay she submitted earlier in the year for an essay prize run by Newnham College, Cambridge, for which she was highly commended. Thank you Rebecca!
Mr Rice (Teacher of English)