How to Suppress Women's Writing
Elisa Kay Sparks
How to Suppress Women's Writing

Fall 2003
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Inspired by Joanna Russ's book of the same title, this print lists some of the
strategies used to belittle and de-legitimaze women's writing.  I paired particular
strategies with specific writers, building towards the final irony of saying women are
only succeeding because they are women, when for centuries that identity has been
reason for ignoring them.  The background of the print is a silkscreen made up of
signatures and writing samples from women writers; the actual list of strategies is also
a silkscreen, printed on translucent mullberry and glued over the background.  The
Image of Virginia Woolf is a woodcut, with text and her signature  silkscreened over it.