Good books based on patriarchy or the oppression of women

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For alevel English Lit I’d like to do my nea based on a theme similar to the oppression of women, Patriarchy, women gender roles, women’s identity, sexualising women or something surrounding women in general. I’m unsure on which I’ll focus on yet as I’m unsure on what books to read with themes relating to the ones above!

Does anyone have any good book recommendations for pre-1900 novels or any post-1900 novels that I can read to help me decide what to do?

Any recommendations would be appreciated, thanks
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The Handmaid's Tale is an obvious one, or Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower? If you're allowed near literature in translation, Han Kang's The Vegetarian could be interesting too.

For pre-1900 could be worth looking at the big classics so Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, anything by Austen, that sort of thing.

Hope that might be a bit of a spring board, this is just off the top of my head and there are obviously other great feminist novels out there
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Jane Eyre (pre 1900s) and the Bell jar post or the colour purple for (post 1900s)
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You're best will probs be looking in the fairytale/fiction section
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Forgot to add Wide Sargasso Sea (post 1900s)
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(Original post by becausethenight)
The Handmaid's Tale is an obvious one, or Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower? If you're allowed near literature in translation, Han Kang's The Vegetarian could be interesting too.

For pre-1900 could be worth looking at the big classics so Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, anything by Austen, that sort of thing.

Hope that might be a bit of a spring board, this is just off the top of my head and there are obviously other great feminist novels out there
Thank you for the suggestions!! I will do some research into those now

I did want to do the hand maids tale and really liked the story but it was on the prohibited texts list which was annoying!!
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Jane Eyre (pre 1900s) and the Bell jar post or the colour purple for (post 1900s)
Thank you so much, I’ll give those a read
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Little Women
A Chinese Cinderella
Anne Frank Diary
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Thank you for the suggestions!! I will do some research into those now

I did want to do the hand maids tale and really liked the story but it was on the prohibited texts list which was annoying!!
Good luck with your research

If you can’t do Handmaid’s Tale but liked it are there other Atwood novels that might work? I’m not a huge fan so can’t think of any but maybe you can!
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8mf - this documentary might give you a good place to start. My English teacher recommended it back at the start of lockdown and I thought it was incredibly interesting.

Best of luck!
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You're best will probs be looking in the fairytale/fiction section
Okay thank you, I’ll have a look around those sections
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Little Women
A Chinese Cinderella
Anne Frank Diary
Thank youuuu
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Good luck with your research

If you can’t do Handmaid’s Tale but liked it are there other Atwood novels that might work? I’m not a huge fan so can’t think of any but maybe you can!
Thanks, I’ll have a look and see if any of her other books are similar
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Dracula - Mina is prim and proper and repressed and Lucy is hypersexualised.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8mf - this documentary might give you a good place to start. My English teacher recommended it back at the start of lockdown and I thought it was incredibly interesting.

Best of luck!
Thank you so much- I’ll give that a watch today ))
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Thank you so much- I’ll give that a watch today ))
No problem! I hope you enjoy it.
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Dracula - Mina is prim and proper and repressed and Lucy is hypersexualised.
Thank you ))
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Even something like an inspector calls could be useful
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Even something like an inspector calls could be useful
Thank you
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I think if you compared wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre it would be a very interesting essay as Bertha is shown as savage in Jane eyre while in wide Sargasso Sea you get to view Bertha's true story. Wide Sargasso Sea is like a prequel to Jane Eyre but written by a different person. It also looks at women of colour which makes it extra interesting.
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