27 February 2013

I’m reading Mary McCarthy’s The Group. The book starts off with the wedding of a recent Vassar College graduate in New York City. Kay Strong has invited her friends from college to the wedding but not her parents. The novel follows Kay and her friends as they make lives for themselves in Depression Era New York City. It is a time of great change for women, and the struggles of the main characters form the theme of the novel.

McCarthy’s treatment of rationality in the novel is interesting. The male characters are portrayed as rational beings, while the female characters seem to rely more on intuition. This is of course the traditional view, but many feminists have questioned the premise upon which the claim is made.


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