Little Women Podcast

Little Women Podcast

Small Umbrella In The Rain is an ongoing series of video essays, articles and podcast episodes that examines the intersections in Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women. Hosted by Alcott essayist Niina Pekantytär. Regular visits from literal scholars and Little Women fans.

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May 19, 2022 78 min
May Alcott Nieriker was Louisa May Alcott's younger sister and the real-life inspiration for Amy March. May was a praised artist whAo lived most of her life in France. She was married to a young Belgian banker called Ernest Nieriker. I am joined by a good friend and a Little Women fan Jimena Escoto who is here to talk more about the life and art of May Alcott.

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May Alcott was a great artist and a very interesting woman. Amy March is one of those literal characters who people either love or hate. Louisa May Alcott's younger sister however was a force to be reconciled. I am joined by my good friend and hardcore Little Women fan Jimena Escoto, who is going to tell us more about the life and art of May Alcott Nieriker.

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A lot of people wonder why Jo starts a school for boys..even though in Little Women it is mentioned many times how much Jo loves boys. In Little Men, we can see how Jo and Friedrich wish that their boys grow to respect women, so could Jo starting a school for boys actually be a feminist act.

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I have often come across people who compare Jo's and Laurie's "love story" with Anne and Gilbert from Sullivan's entertainment version of Anne of Green Gables. This is something that Melodie and I are discussing in this episode, also about the stalkerish - way Laurie sees the March sisters. How this behavior was romanticised in the 19th century how there are people still today who consider that romantic.
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This time Melodie and I are chatting about the stalkerish elements in Laurie's behaviour and a lot of the things that wouldn't necessarily go through if Little Women would be written today. We are also chatting about the fairytale elements in Jo and Laurie's "love story", him being rich and handsome and Jo being poor and not so great looking, but what about all the scenes in the book that never get adapted? like...
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I am joined by Melodie and she runs the "Little Women book club" on Facebook. We shall be dissecting Laurie´s proposal to Jo and counting all the red flags there are and how the makers of the film seem to have mutual agreement to erase all the disturbing things he says to her. We shall also be discussing Jo´s similarity to Wendy in Peter Pan and how she wants to collect a flock of boys around her.

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Little Women the book has a lot of intimate scenes between the couples which caused some problems among the most prude Victorians when the novel was published. As ironic as it is, these intimate scenes are something that the filmmakers still today like to ignore. I am reading you a true Jo and Friedrich fan fiction classic "Bridal Tour".

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In my humble opinion, this is the most romantic proposal in the history of literature. Knowing that Henry had a habit to carry an umbrella and there was a time when Louisa dreamed about being married to him, just gave an extra layer to the hidden meanings of this chapter. Jo and Friedrich are two dorks in the rain. These two are so madly in love that the listener can just disappear into a dreamy abyss. Enjoy!

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March 24, 2022 51 min
Little Women gets criticism for having age gap relationships and ironically some of the people who give this criticism themselves are in age gap relationships. How messed up is that? Jo´s relationships with both Jo and Laurie have their roots in Louisa May Alcott´s own age gap relationships, but she was not the only Alcott in a relationship that had the 16 year age difference. Things are only controversial if you make it so.

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Author Jen Brady is telling about her book "Subscribing to the enemy" which brings the romance of Jo and Friedrich to the modern-day. Enjoy.

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I have a very special guest with me today. Author Jen Brady is here with us discussing here YA book series "March sisters sweet romance". In this episode, we will be discussing the first novel in the book series. "Subscribing to the enemy". Sit back, relax and enjoy. Little Women nerds are here!

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I have always wondered what happened between those months that Jo and Friedrich were apart and wrote love letters to one another. I hope you enjoy this fan fiction by MiddleMarch as much as I do.

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February 24, 2022 57 min
Bonjour mes amis! Time to travel back to Valrosa. This is a deep dive into Laurie´s inner world, which surely is romantic but not at all realistic. What he really needs is Amy Curtis March to bring him back to earth. Yes, I ship...and what a surprise...there was a story similar to Amy and Laurie that Miss Alcott enjoyed reading as a young girl.

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In this episode, Christina and I take a look at the marriages in Little Women and how they correlate with Louisa May Alcott´s ideas of marriage and what was expected for a woman during the 19th century.

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In this episode, Christina and I are chatting about her story project which centres heavily on the idea of Jo March being a demisexual and we are also discussing the possibility of Alcott herself being demi. I am also answering questions regarding the trans-LMA theory and how it´s not as simple as it seems (like anything about her would be).

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Louisa May Alcott always wanted to become a mother and she always seemed to have griefed that she didn´t have children of her own. Like many other things, she gave what she wanted to her literal counterpart. Join Christina and me in our discussion about Jo´s and Friedrich´s desire to become parents.

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This time Christina and I are chatting about the fact that Friedrich Bhaer has never been played by an actual German actor in a major Little Women film adaptation, despite the fact that Louisa May Alcott was nuts about Germany. We are chatting about Daniel Brühl and the presentation of Germans in the modern media.

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For this episode, I am joined by LW blogger Christina Scott and we are chatting about the toxic elements in Jo´s and Laurie´s relationship and Jo´s personal growth in the novel. Also about her self-image and how that reflects her way of thinking.

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An updated version of the episode "Spiritual transformation through love in Little Women". How did Louisa May Alcott and other transcendentalists view love? They saw love as something sacred almost an entity that was highly regarded.

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Jo and Friedrich never argue in the novel and Jo herself is the first one who condemns sensationalism and wants to improve, so why do so many scriptwriters show Jo as someone who can´t take criticism. Also discussing Louisa´s discomforts with the sensational newspaper she was working with and Jo´s development as an author and Louisa´s real life mentor figures. Enjoy!

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