I couldn’t agree more with the critique from this smart essay of the now habitual practice of viewing everyone as representatives of a type or tribe, rather than as individuals.
To overlook this fact about her, to consign her to being the thirteenth of her gender rather than the first of her genre, is to overlook her importance in literary history. It is, in fact, to dishonor her.
And also, if I have the numbers right, only 6 men have won the Nobel in English since 1944, while 13 women have. At what point will each new win cease being advertised as a feminist victory?