I had never read any feminist books until a couple of days ago when i started reading The Female Eunach by Germaine Greer. It has sent me into a bit a spin as it seems to have done for many other women. I was wondering what other feminist books you have enjoyed and could recommend to budding bra burners!
Vera Brittain - Testament of Youth
And most things by Virginia Woolf.
The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollestonecraft
Declaration of the Rights of Women by Olympe De Gouges
Frankenstein (depends on how you read it) by Mary Shelley
Some would argue that 'Jane Eyre' would be a feminist classic. Doesn't seem like it, in my opinion...
Just finsihed Jane Eyre. More of a sympathy for the women book then a feminist book
i have read pride and prejudice,
I like Pride and Prejudice but Sense and Sensibility one the whole was better
Something more contemporary- Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
The Female Eunuch- Germaine Greer
'The Yellow Wallpaper' - Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Studying it for A-Level may have jaded me to it slightly, but it's still worth a look.
it's important to remember that feminism is also a criticism which can be applied to a text rather than being something which we read from texts, as if it were an inherent property of certain texts.
I loved the Female Eunuch. It took me a while to read the Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir, because it was quite long winded etc. I liked it, but I love the way that Germaine Greer really engages the reader with her almost informal way of writing. She is funny and intelligent and I think the book is fantastic. It really aided my understanding of feminism. I would now describe myself as a feminist, whereas before I couldn't have understood the concept as well.
The Vindication of the Rights of Women was good as well, I really liked it. Has anyone else seen that Melyvn Bragg book, about 12 books that changed the world? The Vindication... is in it, i had a quick flick through it in a bookshop but didn't buy it because the rest of the book is about football and stuff.