Friday, August 23, 2013

Women's Literature World-Wide

Come the spring, I'll be teaching a women's world literature class for our Literature of Diverse Cultures class.

I have some (very vague) ideas about what I want to teach and what I don't want to teach also.

Kind of essentially, I don't want to teach most of the books I taught in Woman's Lit last spring, which ended up being these:

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
  • Joanna Russ, A Female Man
  • Kameron Hurley, God's War
  • bell hooks, bone black
  • Janet Mitchell, Creepy Girl and Other Stories
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Michelle Tea, Rent Girl
  • Charlotte Gilman, Herland
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves
Also, obviously, I want this one to be a great deal less Western / American, and a great deal more multi-cultural.  

Maybe less 20th/21st century too.

Anyway!  I have a few ideas of my own, but I'd love a wider range.

Anyone having brilliant suggestions, drop them in comments, please!


S_Montefiore said...

I'd start with The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.

Anna, a guest poster at Echidne of the Snakes, created a series of 15 posts on the women's literary canon and 9 posts on a feminist literary canon. The final posts of each series contains links to earlier posts, so I'll just mention the final posts here.

Spanish prof said...

No idea who has been translated, but here are some Latin American names: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Elena Poniatowska, Nancy Morejon, Diamela Eltiti, Cristina Peri Rossi, Carmen Boullosa, Juana Gorritti, Cristina Rivera Garza...Hope it helps

delagar said...

Thanks, y'all!