Feminist Classics Book Club

by | January 10, 2011
filed under Feminism

Late last year, bloggers Ana, Amy, Emily Jane, and Iris set up a cool online feminist classics book club for 2011. It’s a really great idea, but I wasn’t sure I had time for more reading on top of the books already on my list. Butseeing that I already owned but hadn’t read some of the choices, and that participants don’t have to read/respond every month won me over.

Each month starts with some historical context from that month’s host, then later in the month we get discussion questions, which we can respond to on our own blogs or on the comments on the main page. It’s been amazing to start to see what others have to say so far. There’s still time to join and the reading list is below for those interested. I’ll post in the next few days about my trials and tribulations plodding through the first book: Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication on the Rights of Woman, as well as look at answering some of the suggested discussion questions.

January: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft AND So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
FebruaryThe Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
March: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
April: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
May: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
June: God Dies by the Nile by Nawal Saadawi
July: The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
August: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
September: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
October: Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks AND Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism Anthology
NovemberGender Trouble by Judith Butler
December: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde



  • Sonja

    Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, is truly a classic and should be added for a baker’s dozen.

    • jarrahpenguin

      Good call! I think that’s one I should add to my personal list this year, even if it doesn’t make the book club.

  • Wollstonecraft right off the bat, hey? I just saw this and already feel behind! I read part of it in a feminist literature class that I took, but not the whole thing. To me, it seems like a bit of a project. Are people going to speed-read it? Where are the questions going to be posted? Thanks!

  • Alana

    Feminine Mystique – Friedan
    Laugh of the Medusa (article) – Cixous
    Epistemology of the Closet – Sedgwick
    The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe

    LOVING the postcolonial fems!

  • Sarah

    I would sugest Stephanie Coontz’s new book A Strange Stirring – The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960’s