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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Normblog Posterity Poll Results

You may be wondering what happened with the Normblog Posterity Poll. Well, here is your answer.

Of the ones I voted for, he has TS Eliot, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Beethoven. The thing that most struck me was that my vote was significant in getting TS Eliot included.

Thanks to Norman for all his work in evaluating the results.


At 10 May, 2009 14:13, Blogger Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Poor Jane, carrying the weight of female representation. Is it the nature of a posterity poll that possible nominees who happen to be female just may not get the vote over certain male names? or that just my feminist ire?

At 15 May, 2009 21:54, Blogger Rob said...

I think the problem is that women have until recently been horribly under-represented in many areas of the arts. Yes, there are planty of top-flight female novelists. But when it comes to photographers, there's Annie Liebowitz; film directors have Leni Riefenstahl; sculptors Barbara Hepworth; painters Bridget Riley. Those are the ones who one might expect to have been nominated, and there areren't too many. In classical composition it's worse: is anyone really going to put up Fanny Mendelssohn or Dame Ethel Smyth for posterity? Or how about playwrights? Umm.... Or architects? See what I mean? With the bulk of the female entry crammed into the novelist category and competing for a small subset of the vote with a fairly strong male field, their case was always hopeless. So your feminist ire should indeed be deployed, but at the difficuly of women's making an impression in male-dominated artistic fields, rather than at the voting public. At least, that's my opinion.


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