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2011 – The Year of the Feminist Classics

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)
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.


  1. Amy Amy
    January 8, 2011    

    Yay thanks for joining with us and spreading the word 🙂

  2. January 11, 2011    

    I’m really looking forward to the reviews and commentary that come from this challenge.

  3. January 16, 2011    

    Amy: You’re welcome – my pleasure!

    Kathleen: Me too 🙂

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