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August reading selections have been made! - Reading and Discussing Feminist Literature
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August reading selections have been made!
Wow, I didn't think this would come together so fast! Thanks to angrybeaverclub and petitpoussin for volunteering to lead the first discussions!

In the non-fiction category, we will be reading Cult of Power by Martha Burk. angrybeaverclub will be handling the discussion.

In the theory category, we will be reading Undoing Gender by Judith Butler. petitpoussin will be handling the discussion.

Both of these books are available on amazon.com and half.com for reasonable prices, and seem to be widely-read enough to be at most libraries.

In the interest of providing free reading, I have chosen "The Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti as the fiction for the month. I know, I know, it's poetry, but it's a didactic narrative and there is tons of feminist fun to be had with it, especially when it is examined within the contect of Victorian-Era England, pre-Raphaelite poetry and art, and Rossetti's own life. Besides, it's short (and part of the summer reading that I haven't started yet).

You can find it here. In the upcoming weeks, I'll provide additional background information about Rossetti and her genre. Anyone else who knows something on the subject is welcome to contribute as well.

Rossetti's other poetry is also fair game.

Official discussions start August 1st. Preliminary discussions are welcome before then, of course, as are any and all posts pertaining to the subject of feminist reading or getting to know one another. All I ask is that we stay relatively close to topic.

I'm still looking for volunteers to lead discussions in September and October. The submissions post is here, or you're welcome to shoot me an e-mail.

Last but not least, thanks to everyone who has joined! I look forward to sharing this community with all of you, and I hope this will be a successful learning experience for all of us.

Current Mood: excited excited

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angrybeaverclub From: angrybeaverclub Date: July 7th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and seem to be widely-read enough to be at most libraries.

I got Cult of Power at my local po-dunk library in Florida.
miripanda From: miripanda Date: July 8th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I meant to reply earlier -- I'd be happy to lead the discussion on Body Outlaws -- it works out great that I'm not on until August because I have to dig the book up at "home" home.
From: nymphaeales Date: July 8th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay! I'll put you on for September.
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