Nov 12, 2010

Presenting: A Year of Feminist Classics

A Year of Feminist Classics

My bloggy friends Amy, Emily Jane, Iris and I have been plotting a reading project for 2011 for some time now, and it's so exciting to finally be able to share it with everyone else! For all of 2011, we're going to read from a list of fiction and non-fiction feminist classics. We're doing one book a month, and we'll alternate in leading what we hope will be interesting discussions about what we're reading, about the historical context of these texts, and about their relevance to the present day. We'd absolutely love it if others readers joined us - you certainly don't have to commit to the whole twelve months to do so. For more details on how the project will work, please visit the A Year of Feminist Classics blog. And of course, if you think this is a good idea, feel free to grab the button and spread the word!

31 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful reading project! I'm not sure that I will be able to join in every month but it is definitely something I want to be a part of.

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  2. Karen, we completely understand! Even we hosts are only committing for sure to three months each. Welcome aboard!

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  3. I'm so glad we finally got to reveal it. Now let's hope we're not the only ones that are super excited ;)

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  4. I signed up for two other all year reading challenges (women in sci-fi and women in fantasy) where I'm just doing a few months, so I need to check my diary before deciding which months I can do for this one. But I am so IN for at least a couple of months! I've been excited about this since yesterday :)

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  5. What a great idea. I'll definitely be interested since it's the sort of books I read anyway. I adore Simone de Beauvoir.

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  6. Iris: So far it sounds like we're not :D

    Jodie, way to give it away that I told you early ;) I'm so glad you're joining us for at least a few months! And I seem to have missed the women in fantasy and women in sci-fi projects - where can I find them?

    Mae: I've yet to read de Beauvoir, but I'd be surprised if I didn't love her too! So glad you're interested in joining us :)

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  7. Ooops ;) The Bookling alerted me to them and you can find links to the challenges from her post here: http://thebookling.blogspot.com/2010/09/2011-women-of-fantasy-women-of-science.html

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  8. oh this sounds just wonderful! I'll join in when I can. Off to see the blog!

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  9. I'm super excited about this! Yay. Sign me up. :D

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  10. What a great idea! I don't think I'll have time to take part every month, but will definitely choose at least a few of the books to join in with. :)

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  11. Excellent idea! I'd like to join in for a few of the selections.

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  12. Exciting challenge! I've read a few of them and love to reread A Room of One's Own often. I should join you for the Gender Trouble discussion too.

    Beware: The Second Sex takes a very long time to read.

    Rachel (Book Snob) and Carolyn (A Few of my Favourite Things) are hosting a Virago Modern Classics challenge in January; all in all next year should mean that I am dusting off some wonderful books from my shelves.

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  13. You've got some great titles on there! I might read Herland around the same time as y'all. I'm sad The Awakening isn't on there though. ;P

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  14. So excited about the project :D

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  15. Fantastic initiative, I would love to join!! Will grab the button straight away.

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  16. This is very exciting! I can't wait to hear all about the books you read for this challenge. I'm sure I will get lots of reading ideas from you!

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  17. Very cool project, Ana! I have a few of y'all's picks (Wollestonecraft, de Beauvoir, hooks) on my TBR already, so I'd love to join in for those. And A Room of One's Own is a huge favorite of mine, possibly my favorite essay of all time; don't know if I'll re-read but I'll definitely join in the conversation. :-)

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  18. I'll definitely join in for the ones I've already read, and maybe one or two of the short ones I haven't, or don't remember.

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  19. I love this idea! I've got the button in my sidebar. :-)

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  20. I am in, in, in, and will read what I can. Great idea!

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  21. Oh my gosh, what an awesome challenge! I'm going to have to advertise on my blog. I'll definitely join in if I can find time between all the books I have to read for my literature classes.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    - Emily @ Reading While Female

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  22. I love this!! I'm planning my own classics project for 2011, and some of the books you guys are reading are already on my list. I can't commit to the whole year, but I'll definitely do a few months...and, of course, read the participant posts!

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  23. Sounds like the logical extension of a challenge I've been in this year, that will end soon :(
    May have to give this a go, just because...
    Thanks for doing this, and best of luck!

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  24. Yay, goody! I want to play too!

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  25. This is a fantastic project, thanks for thinking it up! :) I signed up, will have to see how many of those books I'll manage to read, and maybe I'll deviate a bit from the list :)

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  26. This sounds fantastic! I can't wait!!

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  27. I'm so so happy that so many of you are thinking of joining in, or at least of following the discussions! It's going to be great to hear what everyone else has to say about these books.

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  28. This is so awesome, Ana!!! So I have to admit that some of these books scare me to death, but I totally want to try to participate in some of the readalongs :)

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  29. This is a wonderful idea & I already joined.:) My copy of The Vindication has been waiting for a more thorough reading for all too many years! :) I cannot promise to read all the books on your list, but I'll try and join for at least some months.

    Greetings,
    Tiina

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  30. I'm really excited about this! I've been wanting to revisit Vindication for awhile now and The Awakening too! I read them both in college. This is going to be tons of fun Ana. :)

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  31. This is wonderful, Ana! I will think about participating in this, but I will definitely follow the discussions on these books. I checked out the suggested list of books and found that quite interesting. I want to read Mary Wollestonecraft's book and Simone de Beauvoir's book. I have read Ibsen's 'The Doll House' many times and it is one of my favourite plays. I would love to follow the discussions on this. I have a graphic novel called 'Introducing Feminism' (by Cathia Jenainati and Judy Groves), which gives an overview of the subject in an interesting way. I will try reading that before this project.

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