January 1 – December 31, 2011
A Year of Feminist Classics is a project started by Amy, Ana, Emily Jane and Iris, four book bloggers who share an interest in the feminist movement and its history. The project will work a little like an informal reading group: for all of 2011, we will each month read what we consider to be a central feminist text, with one of us being in charge of the discussion. We invite all readers to join us – you certainly don’t have to commit to the whole twelve months to participate (though we would love it if you did!); if there’s any particular title you have always wanted to read, here’s your chance of doing so with a group of fellow readers who will do their best to use it as a point of departure for a stimulating discussion.
I’ve decided to participate in some of the reads. I’ve highlighted the books I am interested in reading on the list below. Here is the reading list:
January: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollestonecraft AND So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
February: The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
March: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (COMPLETED March 7, 2011; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
April: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (COMPLETED April 4, 2011; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
May: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
June: God Dies by the Nile by Nawal Saadawi (I wanted to read this one…but it costs $49 for the book, and I just can’t afford to buy it)
July: The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
August: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
September: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
October: Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks AND Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism Anthology
November: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
December: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
I’ll be adding links to this page to reviews or discussions as the year progresses.