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Favorite women writers


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I'm taking an english class this semester on women writers, i haven't taken an english class since first year but i am really enjoying some literary classics!

Such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" a story about how a woman descends into insanity

Mary Wollstonecraft "A Vindication of the rights of women"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning ...too many of her to list

Charlotte Bronte "Jane Eyre"

Christina Rossetti "Goblin Market"

Kate Chopin "The Awakening"

Edith Wharton "The Angel at the Grave"

and many others...historically writing was seen as a men's activity, and conflicted with the role of women in the domestic sphere. Writing was seen as an act of independence. What are your favorite women writers?

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Margaret Atwood (some)
Aphra Behn
Nicole Blackman
Nicole Brossard
Daphne Marlatt
Anne Michaels
Sylvia Plath



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margeret atwood, canadian and able to write a number of different genres, in a number of different voices (compare handmaid's tale to cat's eye to alias grace)

audrey lourdes, strong, intelligent black woman

anne marie macdonald, only read one of her books, but wow!

and one more writer, whose name eludes me at the moment, who writes speculative fiction, from toronto and has written books such as brown girl in the ring and the robber bride, up and comind and definitely wprth checking out

other notables:
jackie collins
daniel steele
toni morrison
maya angelou
carrie fischer
fay weldon
terry mcmillan


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Diana Gabaldon - Trilogy - I think the first one is the Outlander.
Her first books - definitely read these!

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Barbara Kingsolver!

i can't say enough about these 2 books:

The Poisonwood Bible


Prodigal Summer

just read them... trust me.
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Originally posted by statira

Kate Chopin "The Awakening"

Not really contributing a new name, this one and Aphra Behn's "The Rover" are two of my favourite novels!
As well as Angela Carter's "Nights at the Circus"... it took me a while to get into but by the end of the novel I didn't want it to finish.

Evil Dynovac

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Maria Doria Russell

The Sparrow
Children of God

Science Fiction even girls like, with heavy religious and relationship overtones.

Smart lady, good stuff!



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octavia butler...

one of the few black women sci fi writers!!!

danielle steel sucks gorilla balls.
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Temper Tantrum

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Naomi Wolf "The Beauty Myth"
Marion Zimmer Bradley "Mists of Avalon"
Francis Hodgson Burnett "the little princess"
Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood bible was brilliant, I never finished it, but I will one day soon!
Sylvia Plath

Many many others, just too tired to think of them now.


PS you really liked the awakening? I thought that stunk as a book, but maybe it was because I had to read it in one night for my american literature exam :D


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in no particular order...

audrey lorde
alice walker
dorothy parker
carson mccullers
flannery oconnor
arundhati roy
dionne brand
nicole brossard


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joyce carol oates
ursula k leguin
alice walker
barbara kingsolver
toni morrison
susan musgrave (my #1 favourite right now)

i just read a book a few weeks ago by margaret sweatman that completely blew my mind (it's called 'when alice lay down with peter').
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good thread topic

alice munro.

dorothy alison

daphne du maurier

mary stewart



.:. share what you know, learn what you don't .:.


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I can recommend some female political science writers, some feminist, others not. They are all really fascinating reads though.

J. Ann Tikner, Iris Marion Young, A. Claire Cutler, Radhika Desai, Lisa Law.

If you're interested check them out.
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