Good books for studying the representations of women in literature for my NEA?Watch this thread
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1880)
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
- Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938)
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963)
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood (1985)
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)
- Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
( One or both has to be pre-1900)
or any other recommendations would be useful.
I also did my NEA on presentations of women, specifically Esther in The Bell Jar compared with Ophelia in Hamlet. I think Shakespeare was great for context if you would consider it, and it added an extra dimension comparing a novel and a play, but I can definitely recommend The Bell Jar, I found it so interesting!
I loved some of the imagery she used. Fantastic.