Why it’s not empowering to abandon the male pseudonyms used by female writers
Dumbill, Eleanor B.
Last week, the Women’s Prize for Fiction announced the launch of their ‘Reclaim Her Name’ campaign. The campaign has reprinted 25 novels using the ‘real’ names of 26 writers who used a male pseudonym under the bold tagline of ‘ﬁnally giving female writers the credit they deserve.’ The scheme is likely to have some positive outcomes, such as introducing readers to writers and works they might not have otherwise discovered. The question of whether it gives female writers the credit they deserve, however, is up for debate.
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Dumbill, Eleanor B., “Why it’s not empowering to abandon the male pseudonyms used by female writers,” George Eliot Scholars, accessed September 20, 2021, https://georgeeliotscholars.org/items/show/402.