Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 30 Jul 2014, 01:23

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

During the Victorian period, women writers were measured

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
1 KUDOS received
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 313
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 59 [1] , given: 20

During the Victorian period, women writers were measured [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 20:32
1
This post received
KUDOS
During the Victorian period, women writers were measured against a social rather than a literary ideal. Hence, it was widely thought that novels by women should be modest, religious, sensitive, guileless, and chaste, like their authors. Many Victorian women writers took exception to this belief, however, resisting the imposition of nonliterary restrictions on their work. Publishers soon discovered that the gentlest and most iddylike female novelists were tough-minded and relentless when their professional integrity was at stake. Keenly aware of their artistic responsibilities, these women writers would not make concessions to secure commercial success.
The Brontes, George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and their lesser-known contemporaries repudiated, in their professional lives, the courtesy that Victorian ladies might exact from Victorian gentlemen. Desiring rigorous and impartial criticism, most women writers did not wish reviewers to be kind to them if kindness meant overlooking their literary weaknesses or flattering them on their accomplishments simply because of their sex. They had expected derisive reviews; instead, they found themselves confronted with generous criticism, which they considered condescending. Elizabeth Barrett Browning labeled it “the comparative respect which means... absolute scorn.”
For their part, Victorian critics were virtually obsessed with finding the place of the woman writer so as to judge her appropriately. Many bluntly admitted that they thought Jane Eyre a masterpiece if written by a man, shocking or disgusting if written by a woman. Moreover, reactionary reviewers were quick to associate an independent heroine with carefully concealed revolutionary doctrine; several considered Jane Eyre a radical feminist document, as indeed it was. To Charlotte Bronte, who had demanded dignity and independence without any revolutionary intent and who considered herself politically conservative, their criticism was an affront. Such criticism bunched all women writers together rather than treating them as individual artists.
Charlotte Bronte’s experience served as a warning to other women writers about the prejudices that immediately associated them with feminists and others thought to be political radicals. Irritated, and anxious to detach themselves from a group stereotype, many expressed relatively conservative views on the emancipation of women (except on the subject of women’s education) and stressed their own domestic accomplishments. However, in identifying themselves with women who had chosen the traditional career path of marriage and motherhood, these writers encountered still another threat to their creativity. Victorian prudery rendered virtually all experience that was uniquely feminine unprintable. No nineteenth-century woman dared to describe childbirth, much less her sexual passion. Men could not write about their sexual experiences either, but they could write about sport, business, crime, and war—all activities from which women were barred. Small wonder no woman produced a novel like War and Peace. What is amazing is the sheer volume of first-rate prose and poetry that Victorian women did write.
1. The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) refute the contention that no Victorian woman writer produced a novel like War and Peace
(B) trace the historical relationship between radical feminist politics and the Victorian novels written by women
(C) show how three Victorian women writers responded to criticism of their novels
(D) resolve the apparent contradiction between Victorian women writers’ literary innovativeness and their rather conservative social views
(E) describe the discrepancy between Victorian society’s expectations of women writers and the expectations of the women writers themselves
2. According to the passage, Victorian women writers “would not make concessions” (line 13) to publishers primarily because they felt that such concessions would
(A) require them to limit descriptions of uniquely feminine experiences
(B) compromise their artistic integrity
(C) make them vulnerable to stereotyping by critics
(D) provide no guarantee that their works would enjoy commercial success
(E) go against the traditions of English letters
3. The passage suggests that Victorian criticism of works by women writers was
(A) indulgent
(B) perfunctory
(C) resourceful
(D) timely
(E) apolitical
4. The author of the passage quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning (lines 28-29) in order to demonstrate that Victorian women writers
(A) possessed both talent and literary creativity
(B) felt that their works were misunderstood
(C) refused to make artistic concessions
(D) feared derisive criticism
(E) resented condescending criticism
5. It can be inferred from the passage that Charlotte Bronte considered the criticisms leveled at Jane Eyre by reactionary reviewers “an affront” (line 43) primarily because such criticism
(A) exposed her carefully concealed revolutionary doctrine to public scrutiny
(B) assessed the literary merit of the novel on the basis of its author’s sex
(C) assumed that her portrayal of an independent woman represented revolutionary ideas
(D) labeled the novel shocking and disgusting without just cause
(E) denied that the novel was a literary masterpiece
6. Which of the following statements best describes the “threat” mentioned in line 57 of the passage?
(A) Critics demanded to know the sex of the author before passing judgment on the literary quality of a novel.
(B) Women writers were prevented from describing in print experiences about which they had special knowledge.
(C) The reading public tended to prefer historical novels to novels describing contemporary London society.
(D) Publishers were urging Victorian women writers to publish under their own names rather than under pseudonyms.
(E) Women writers’ domestic responsibilities tended to take time away from their writing.
7. The passage suggests that the attitude of Victorian women writers toward being grouped together by critics was most probably one of
(A) relief
(B) indifference
(C) amusement
(D) annoyance
(E) ambivalence
8. It can be inferred from the passage that a Victorian woman writer who did not consider herself a feminist would most probably have approved of women’s
(A) entering the noncombat military
(B) entering the publishing business
(C) entering a university
(D) joining the stock exchange
(E) joining a tennis club
9. The passage suggests that the literary creativity of Victorian women writers could have been enhanced if
(A) women had been allowed to write about a broader range of subjects
(B) novels of the period had been characterized by greater stylistic and structural ingenuity
(C) a reserved and decorous style had been a more highly valued literary ideal
(D) publishers had sponsored more new women novelists
(E) critics had been kinder in reviewing the works of women novelists

please explain Ques 1, Ques 5, Ques 6 and Ques 8 ..
OA will follow
1 KUDOS received
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 313
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 59 [1] , given: 20

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 19:53
1
This post received
KUDOS
Sorry for the delay again.
OA's are:
1. E 2. B 3. A 4. E 5. C
6. B 7. D 8. C 9. A
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 11 Apr 2010
Posts: 48
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Schools: Indian School of Business (ISB) - Class of 2013
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
WE: Other (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 9

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 08:47
Hi Rohit,
Are the answers as follows:
1. E (since the passage explains what the expectations of critics and reviewers were, and what the women writers were actually trying to portray, but were often misunderstood or were not able to portray)
2. B
3. B
4. E
5. C (The writer was only portraying an independant woman and her idea of an independant woman, and not trying to create a revolution by suggesting that the current situation of the society did not allow independance of women. Hence according to her, in no way was her writing politically motivated or revolutionary, as the critics misinterpreted them to be)
6. B (I am assuming that 'women's unique experiences' translates into 'special knowedge that they had on household matters')
7. D
8. C (since education was the only topic on which the women writers freely wrote, I am assuming that in the rigid era the only activity they could particpate freely in would be assocaited with education. Hence, attending a university)
9. A
This passage was quite tricky, and I am not sure of any of the answers.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 11 Apr 2010
Posts: 48
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Schools: Indian School of Business (ISB) - Class of 2013
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
WE: Other (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 9

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 13:53
Hi Rohit,
It's been a while since you posted this. Could you please share the OAs?
Thanks
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 03 Jun 2010
Posts: 108
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 17:26
Cornelius wrote:
Hi Rohit,
It's been a while since you posted this. Could you please share the OAs?
Thanks


yes, i would like them as well
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 26 Jul 2010
Posts: 4
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2010, 04:06
Hi!

would also like to see the OAs, please :roll:
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 18 Jun 2010
Posts: 303
Schools: Chicago Booth Class of 2013
Followers: 20

Kudos [?]: 124 [0], given: 194

GMAT Tests User Reviews Badge
Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 10:23
Guys,

Although I agree with "9-A", I think that "9-B" could be a second choice. The first sentense says:
"During the Victorian period, women writers were measured against a social rather than a literary ideal."
So, we might infer that "9-B" is also a good choice don't you think so?

Or I'm toooo far from literature and arts ? :)
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 313
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 59 [0], given: 20

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 22:19
Hey I am sorry. Forgot to post the OA's.
Will post them today.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 11 Apr 2010
Posts: 48
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Schools: Indian School of Business (ISB) - Class of 2013
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
WE: Other (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 9

Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 15:33
oops. got one wrong. Q3
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Feb 2010
Posts: 143
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
Re: Victorian period [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 07:08
Hi For 8 th question i used the trick: passage says "but they could write about sport, business, crime, and war—all activities......" . Though i did not understood question very well i realised that all except C comes under one of the bucket sport,business or war. so choose C. May not be very orthrodox method but it helped :)
Re: Victorian period   [#permalink] 20 Sep 2010, 07:08
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 Although they were both employed by the Federal Writers Chembeti 5 20 Feb 2012, 05:30
11 During the last interglacial period, the climate on the noboru 15 26 Aug 2010, 08:44
1 During the same period in which the Maya were developing a richardkliao 12 16 Dec 2009, 09:25
During the same period in which the Maya were developing a leonidas 5 30 Oct 2008, 08:58
During the same period in which the Maya were developing a buzzgaurav 9 03 May 2006, 03:21
Display posts from previous: Sort by

During the Victorian period, women writers were measured

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.