The always excellent, Bitch Magazine gave me the idea to suggest some really great feminist book recommendations. Let this be the first of a series.
By “feminist book” I mean that I’ll try to make my suggestions mainly ones that somewhat address issues of the patriarchy rather than just ones with strong—as in complex—female characters (though I may occasionally feature books with strong female protagonists and no overt ‘bring down the patriarchy’ angle too).
The recommendations have varying levels of subtlety, anger, humour and hope.
- Ariel by Sylvia Plath (fiction/poetry)
- Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin (fictional/short stories/surreal)
- Herland by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman (fiction/novella/utopian)
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman (fiction/short stories)
- Little Knife by Leigh Bardugo (fiction/short story/fantasy)
I’ve tried to have a mix of genres, but the format of everything this time around is ‘short fictions’: short stories and collections, novellas, short poetry collections. And I think I’ll probably categorise future instalments of Feminist Reading Recommendations a little bit too… non-fiction, comics, middle grade/YA, etc…