Category Archives: Sybil Oldfield
Oldfield, Sybil. ‘Thinking Against the Current’: Literature and Political Resistance. 2013. Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, UK. ISBN: 978-1-84519-689-9
Review by Theresa Wolfwood “Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.” Virginia Woolf This fascinating and informative study of independent thinkers since the 1700s makes compelling reading in a time when media and other social forces discourage and suppress expression of dissent. But it appears that mainstream society has always suppressed and often, still does, persecute those who dare to resist. Starting with the Read more [...]
Oldfield, Sybil. Women Against the Iron Fist: Alternatives to Militarism 1900- 1989. Basil Blackwell Ltd. Oxford, UK.
"How dare the government presume the right to kill others in our name?" Women in Newbury Court, UK, 1982. "...The Pentagon sits on like sone grotesque chicken caged in its nest and fed/ cancerous hormone, exceed and exceed and exceed/ Hiroshima, over and over and over, in weight/ in power/ in horror/ of genocide" Denise Levertov, 1980 (2 quotes from this book) Sybil Oldfield is half- German and half English, so by her birth and her well articulated convictions is the ideal person to write movingly about many woman of the last century. Some Read more [...]
Oldfield, Sybil. Afterwords: Letters on the Death of Virginia Woolf. 2005. Rutgers University Press. USA.
"...your wife has been for me, ever since I was a boy, one of the great interpreters of the world." Hubert Butler, Ireland. page 149 I know the editor of this book and have read her works; some are reviewed on this site. A whole book of condolence letters seemed such a narrow and peculiar subject that I would not have chosen to read it if it weren’t for my knowing Oldfield. I am so glad I did seek it out and pour over these letters. They gave me the realization that the greater world of friendship and creativity can enclose us all. Oldfield Read more [...]