Literature takes shape and life in the body, in the wombs of the mother tongue: always: and the Fathers of Culture get anxious about paternity. They start talking about legitimacy. They steal the baby. They ensure by every means that the artist, the writer, is male. This involves intellectual abortion by centuries of women artists, infanticide of works by women writers, and a whole medical corps of sterilizing critics working to purify the Canon, to reduce the subject matter and style of literature to something Ernest Hemingway could have understood.
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submitted by mewdude, September 26, 2011
"Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places" By Ursula K. Le Guin, page 153
This quote was added November 29, 2007.