November 2009 – November 2010
Straight from the Women Unbound challenge site:
Participants are encouraged to read nonfiction and fiction books related to the rather broad idea of ‘women’s studies.’ The definition according to Merriam-Webster
the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender.
For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.).
Obviously, any classic fiction written by a feminist is applicable. But where do we go from there? To speak generally, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count.
Three levels of participation:
- Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
- Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
- Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones
I’m aiming for the Suffragette level.My list of eight books is:
1. The Madame Curie Complex by Julie DesJardins
2. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
3. The Bone Woman by Cleo Koff
4. Queen of Scots--True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
1. Base Ten by Maryann Lesert
2. From Wonso Ponds by Kang Kyong-ae
3. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
4. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino