Jan. 3rd, 2011

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As I mentioned in my last post, I am doing a Bromance class this semester. Every time I've tried to explain the arc of the class to people (ending with responses by women, female friendships, etc.), they always give me weird looks. And--despite being raised by a second-wave feminist who gave me kid's books by the Feminist Press (The Girl with the Incredible Feeling should be required for young girls, as far as I'm concerned)--I'm not sure what readings would work best for that.

The idea is to deal with exclusion--women being pushed aside for being extraneous to the more "worthwhile" friendships between men--but also the nuances of female friendships.

These are the readings I have right now:

in response to a male-poets-responding-to-male-poets section earlier in the course, a female poets version (included so far: Joyce Carol Oates on Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell on Emily Dickinson, various poets on Sappho, Elizabeth Barrett Browning on L.E.L., Christina Rossetti on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I so need more of these)
Gilbert and Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (Part I: Toward a Feminist Poetics)
Karen Hollinger, In the Company of Women (The introduction and possibly chapter 1, "Women's Film Precedents")
Both versions (the 2008 and the 1939) versions of the film The Women
Jennifer Scanlon, “If My Husband Calls I’m Not Here”: The Beauty Parlor as Real and Representational Female Space (from the Feminist Studies journal)
excerpts from fashion blogs and fashion magazines
Valerie Traub, "The Politics of Pleasure; or, Queering Queen Elizabeth"
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

So, internet, I put the question to you: Can any of you think of something more central to the topic at hand than these? It doesn't feel right, I know that much. Maybe it needs more literature-literature? Or maybe I need some Simone de Beauvoir or Germaine Greer?

What made you guys feminists? Was it something you read/saw/heard or was it a chance conversation/ eureka moment?


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