Because I did my BA in Literature in the 90’s –under a very strong, sad, unbelievable patriarchal and short-circuited faculty I did not have a chance to read more about what contemporary women writers were doing—I have designed this course to give students (and hell, give myself!) an opportunity to read, discuss, and learn from women authors who have “published an immeasurable amount of profound, enduring literature” (My Therapist, 2015) with books that –for some stupid reason—have been neglected, forgotten, banned, unrecognized, or simply not read as they should have considering all of them are adjacent to the main topics of literature: death, disease, war, love (or as I simply put it, today´s families).
This is course is a requisite for those who believe in topics such as diversity, gender, feminism, education, humanities, life, and also but not least, oral narratives, hybrid forms, and language.
- Chicas Muertas, Selva Almada
- The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
- Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
- One, Sarah Crossan
- Style, Dolores Dorantes
- The Book of Words, Jenny Erpenbeck
- Conjunto Vacío, Verónica Gerber
- The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An account in Words and Pictures, Phoebe Gloeckner
- Dictée, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
- My Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe
- The Notebook, The Proof, and Third Lie, Agota Kristoff
- I await the Devil´s Coming, Mary MacLane
- Jane: A Murder, The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
- I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time, Kristin Prevallet
- The Life of Poetry, Muriel Rukeyser
- Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
- Dementia Blog, Susan Schultz
- The Book of Jon, Eleni Sikelianos
- Antígona González, Sara Uribe
- Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
- The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch
Note: Some of these books have not been translated into English (go figure!), so if you aren´t bilingual (I am not trying to judge you) (at least not that much), find a way to solve this NOW.
Optional Authors For Further Reading
Get Anything by:
- Dorothy Allison
- Belén Gopegui
- Clarice Lispector
- Tedi López Mills
- Eileen Myles
- Maria Negroni
- Sofi Oksanen
- Claudia Rankine
- Cristina Rivera-Garza
- Cecilia Vicuña
- An essay or a short-cumentary on one of the authors of the syllabus.
- An autobiographical piece that takes you out of your comfort zone and shows that you are not afraid of words.