Are Women Human?

Front Cover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Literary Collections - 69 pages
41 Reviews
This work includes an introduction by Mary McDermott Shideler. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford University, Dorothy Sayers pursued her goals whether or not what she wanted to do was ordinarily understood to be feminine. Sayers did not devote a great deal of time to talking or writing about feminism, but she did explicitly address the issue of women's role in society in the two classic essays collected here. Central to Sayers's reflections is the conviction that both men and women are first of all human beings and must be regarded as essentially much more alike than different. We are to be true not so much to our sex as to our humanity. The proper role of both men and women, in her view, is to find the work for which they are suited and to do it. Though written several decades ago, these essays still offer in Sayers's piquant style a sensible and conciliatory approach to ongoing gender issues.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
25
4 stars
12
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
1

Review: Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

User Review  - DJ Dycus - Goodreads

Sayers' style is easy to read, but her ideas are very powerful. The are both simple and profound. Read full review

Review: Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

User Review  - John Carter - Goodreads

In a way as a naive 18 year old entering University, a Mennonite Uni in California, in 1974. The height of feminism, this was in fact my first introduction to feminism as a study. It opened up the ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Introduction
Are Women Human?
17
The HumanNotQuiteHuman
49
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

Dorothy Sayers's impressive reputation as a contemporary master of the classic detective story is eclipsed only by Agatha Christie's. Sayers was born in Oxford and attended Somerville College, where she received a B.A. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1920. During that period, Sayers worked as an instructor of modern languages at Hull High School for Girls in Yorkshire and as a reader for a publisher in Oxford. Her early literary work was in poetry; she published several volumes and served as an editor for the journal Oxford Poetry from 1917 to 1919. Sayers also worked as a copywriter for a major advertising firm in London. She was president of the Modern Language Association from 1939 to 1945 and of the Detection Club in the 1950s. Around 1920 Sayers developed the idea for her detective hero Lord Peter Wimsey, and she soon published her first mystery, Whose Body? (1923), in which Lord Peter is introduced. For the next dozen or so years, Sayers wrote prolifically about Wimsey, creating in the process what many critics of the genre consider to be the finest detective novels in the English language. Perhaps her most famous Wimsey mystery was The Nine Tailors (1934). Although Sayers essentially followed the classic form in her detective fiction---a formula in which the plot assumes a greater importance than do the characters---Sayers maintained that a detective hero's greatness depended on how effectively the character was portrayed. All but one of Sayers's mysteries feature Lord Peter Wimsey. By the late 1930s, Sayers had apparently tired of writing detective fiction. She stated in 1947 that she would write no more mysteries, that she wrote detective fiction only when she was young and in need of money. Thus saying, Sayers turned her attention to her early loves, medieval and religious literature, spending her remaining years lecturing on and translating Dante (see Vol. 2).

Bibliographic information