Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bechdel Test Tuesday!

It's a kind of special week for the Bechdel Test here at the Sarcastic Female Literary Circle. How? I'm highlighting more than one book! For a quick overview of how the test works, check here. Oh, and for those of you that didn't catch my meme last week, it was on Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting tale: Never Let Me Go.

Alright, well I was considering making today's test an All Bronte Test (since I have now read something by all three Bronte sisters) but I have been struggling all day to remember exactly how Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte would apply to these questions and I'm at a loss. I know it had more than one woman but I cannot honestly remember what they talked about. So if you all have better memories than I do and can help me with the grade on that one, let me know in the comments!

But on to the other two sisters...

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
1. Does it have at least 2 women in it?
It most certainly does. May I also just say this is my favorite book of all time so I'm REALLY pulling for this to pass...
2. Do they talk to each other?
Yes they do! Okay, two questions down. Just one to go. Can it make it?
3. About something besides a man?
YES! While Mr. Rochester and St. John are frenquent topics of conversation among the women in the book that is definitely not ALL they discuss. Morals, education, and their own thoughts and dreams are some of the other things the women talk about amongst themselves. So...
I'm so happy! :)

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
1. Does it have at least 2 women in it?
This also has many women in it.
2. Do they talk to each other?
The book is actually mostly women talking to each other. Very few men.
3. About something besides a man?
Another yes! Again while men are certainly discussed it is just one of the topics. You'll hear about some of the others when I post my review later this week...
Well books are just passing left and right today!

So, this was a good day then huh? Let me know about Wuthering Heights in the comments if you can. What do you think of the Bronte sisters?


Laurie said...

Go, Bronte's!
Time to revisit a couple of classics, see.
And gratitude to you for keeping with this light-hearted but instructive feature: I always find it both enjoyable and illuminative. Keeps me on my feminist toes!

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
1. Does it have at least 2 women in it?
All those Catherines and Isabella and Nelly, another lady...
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. About something besides a man?
Um...er...Catherine and Young Catherine talk, Nelly and Catherine talk...frick, I'm not sure...it all may be about a man either Heathcliff or Edgar or Hareton...gar...I can't remember...but, I don't think so, it may be all men...:*(

llevinso said...

@Laurie, thank you! I have a lot of fun with this meme too :)

@Stephanie, yeah, that's where I got tripped up too. Argh!

Red said...

Glad to see not one but 2 books pass the test this week, though I can't really say I'm surprised. I want to read Wurthering Heights, but unfortunately I haven't yet done it so I can't help grade it.

bookspersonally said...

Oh hurrah for Jane Eyre! Must sadly fess up to not having read Agnes Grey...

llevinso said...

@Red, that made me happy too.

@books, well I'll be writing my review soon and maybe that will help you decide on Agnes Grey.