27 February, 2008

Feminist book club

I like to set myself projects for reading, and one of this year's projects is going to be to read some more feminist texts: some rereads and some new books, alternating some classics with some more recently published books. I'll try and do longer reviews of them here and link to them on my women's group blog - and anyone who fancies reading along and making this a collaborative effort, that would be great. So far the list of books I'm intending to read includes
  • Simone de Beauvoir's The second sex (I've only ever read bits of this as it's pretty wordy and heavy-going)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft's A vindication of the rights of woman (I read this as a teenager, but don't remember much about it)
  • Betty Friedan's The feminine mystique - again, I read this when I was a student, but fancy rereading it
  • Susan Faludi's new book The terror dream, about gender roles in America since 9/11
  • Sheila Rowbotham's Woman's consciousness, man's world
  • Élisabeth Badinter's XY, de l'identité masculine
  • Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas
  • Deborah Siegel's Sisterhood interrupted

Suggestions are welcome!

Edit: just want to add a couple of links to articles about inspiring feminist books: feminists name important books in the Guardian, and Guardian readers respond; the f-word has a similar article here.

27 comments:

Sophist said...

An ambitious list, and if I were to feel courageous enough to suggest a book more, that book would be Laxdœla saga. Although not as orthodox feminist as the books of the list, I still think that you should attempt to read it if only for that it is one of the few medieval texts authored by a female, though technically anonymous as most texts of those times.

Everyone expects the anonymous of the medieval ages to be male, but here the anonymous is clearly female. Or at least that is the general consensus. And though of not the same feminist instruction as the other books on the list, I allow myself to suggest it as I believe that anyone who appreciates literature will appreciate this book.

Or something like that.

Anonymous said...

i don't know if you read it, but there was an article in the guardian saturday review not long ago about how the only english translation of 'the second sex' is not very good, and has put a lot of people off. apparently there is a new translation coming out this year (for the fifty yr anniversary?)
jack

Maria said...

Simone de Beauvoir was so good. Last summer I watched a film about her and she was very intelligent and generous. I strongly recommend you a short book from the same author, "La femme indépendante".

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