I am eagerly awaiting my own copy of Susan Sontag’s On Photography, which I have dipped into but never fully read, cover to cover.
It was due yesterday – so my frustration will have to be eased by devouring this week’s LBR, which has a fascinating review of the books released to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. (April 10-14, 1912)
It is a fascinating take on the gender dynamics of the early twentieth century identifying the ‘expected’ male chivalry and courage as ‘the price of patriarchy’ – highlighting that patriarchy imposes as many restrictions and expectations on men as it does on women – something that any gender theorist should bear in mind when composing a ‘feminist’ article or opinion. Given the ridicule and abuse many male survivors of the disaster suffered it was encouraging to read an article which attempted to redeem an impossibly mythologised situation.