Saturday, October 18, 2008

from THE HISTORY BOYS

In honor of Maud's trip to Oxford and all the wonderful people there. Everyone should go out and watch The History Boys, a 2006 movie about 7 Yorkshire state school boys who want to go to Oxbridge.

(And also a shout out to all my fellow lady historians.)

"Can you imagine how dispiriting it is to teach five centuries of masculine ineptitude? Have you never wondered why there aren't more women historians on TV?... History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind. With a bucket."
--Mrs. Lintott, The History Boys

3 comments:

Ellen said...

My favorite History Boys quote:

The best moments of reading are when you come across something -- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things -- which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.

moonrat said...

i know that's a great line--in fact, that line is the reason i chose to write down this other line here.

writtenwyrdd said...

I love that line about the bucket! I've seen a lot of feminists refer to history as her-story, too.