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Feminist Sundays: Classic Works by Women — Bodies in the Library:
Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. This week’s Feminist Sunday was inspired by a tweet by Beth who complained about how difficult it was to find a list of classic works written by women. You know I struggle with the idea of a “classic” and how women are more often than not left out. Also, are 20th century writers considered classics? Why? Why not? So here, I basically thought of 18th and 19th century writers and stopped at Virginia Woolf as a representative of the modernist movement. Anyway, I thought it would be a great idea if we could all compile a list. Obviously, my aim is not to make a complete list of women writers, but only to put some names and works together that matter much as their male counterparts’. Join us? I already added the ones that I like and resonate with me. I will also be updating the list as you suggest both authors and works 🙂 17th Century Mary Astell – A Serious Proposal to the ladies (1694–97) Margaret Cavendish – The Blazing–World (1666) Aphra Behn – The Rover (1677), Oronooko (1688) 18th century Olympe de Gouges – Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (1791) Mary Wollestonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) 19th century Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Emma (1815) Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818) Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (1847) Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey (1847), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) Emily Brontë – Wüthering Heights (1847) Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) Emily Dickinson – Poems (mid 19th century) Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell – Cranford (1851), Ruth (1853), North and Souht (1855) Louisa May Alcott – Little Women (1868) and Good Wives (1869) George Eliot – The Mil on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1874) Susan Fenimore Cooper – Missions to the Oneidas (1885) Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) Kate Chopin – The Awakening (1899) 20th century Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), A Room of One’s Own (1929)