15 Books Every Feminist Should Read

1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir2. Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly

3. Borderlands/La Fontera: The New Metiza by Gloria Anzaldua

4. The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor

5. Goddesses and Monsters by Jane Caputi6. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature by Val Plumwood7. Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins8. Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace by Sara Ruddick9. Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture by Janelle Hobson

10. The Unbearable Weight by Susan Bordo11. Pornland by Gail Dines 12. Guyland by Michael Kimmel13. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler14. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by Bell Hooks15. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
by Paula Gunn Allen

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6 responses

  1. Maybe a few more transnational feminists — Inderpal Grewal (Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms) and Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Feminism without Borders) come to mind. Some interesting stuff is coming out of Caribbean studies that has to do with gender and sexuality, linked to colonial/postcolonial frameworks, but I’m blanking on names.

    By the way, I haven’t “introduced” myself…I’m a friend of Kristin & Jon’s. Kristin recommended a post one day and I’ve been keeping an eye on your blog ever since 😉

  2. Nice to meet you Ann Marie – I LOVE Kristin and Jon. Mucho mucho. They are the best. Listen if you come up with those names, I would love to hear them. I never feel like my scope in terms of transnational feminists is well grounded – my Phd work is mostly concerned with breaking down popular culture – but many of my students are from the Caribbean and I love to introduce them to theorists discussing their cultures and from their cultures. I will buy Inderpal Grewal (Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms) and Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Feminism without Borders) today! Yea – Amazon.

  3. I love them, too 🙂

    And I need to work on my non-transnational feminist reading list to make myself more versatile for the job market, so your original post inspired a few Amazon purchases on my end too! My phD is in English, and I focused on women writers from postcolonial backgrounds writing immigrant narrative in the US (Bharati Mukherjee, Elizabeth Nunez, and Jhumpa Lahiri).

    One Caribbean theorist you might like is M. Jacqui Alexander. I haven’t read her book, Pedagogies of Crossing, but she co-edited a nice collection of transnational feminist essays with Chandra Talapde Mohanty called Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures. She also wrote an interesting article called “Not Just (Any) Body Can be a Citizen” about homosexuality and heteronormativity and the postcolonial nation-sate (specifically Trinidad and Tobago if I remember correctly).

    I think you’ll like the Grewal. She talks a lot about the global reach of American consumer culture and what that means for non-Western women.

    Happy reading!

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