I need to get a reading list together, by tomorrow afternoon, for a unit on post-1900 women's writing (to teach next year.)
This is what I've got so far. I'd like to hear your thoughts - constructive ones in particular but not exclusively. Whatever you've got.
The definites are bolded. They're definites because I love them. The perhapses explained below.
A Room of One's Own
The Getting of Wisdom (HH Richardson)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
The Group Mary McCarthy
Swastika Night (Katherine Burdekin)
The Memoirs of a Survivor
Sacred Country (or) Restoration (Rose Tremain)
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq (Riverbend) (or) Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
Themes, in no particular order: education, autonomy, conformity, modernity, mass culture, war, schooling, consumerism, women and animals, sexuality, violence, gender, totalitarianism...and the desire to imagine thus... and the technical means of representation thereof.
Limiting factors: there absolutely cannot be more than eight texts on the Prescribed list, and even that is pushing it. All the definites are quite short except for The Group. I would quite like to intersperse the novels with related short stories and if I can refine this down to seven prescribed then that's a possibility.
There is already a fair bit of Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison etc floating around the department. Obvious omissions might be for that reason.
Doubts: Restoration is a bit of a misfit, not because it's about a man but because it sits oddly with the present/future direction of the rest of them. I think it fits thematically, and historical novels need to be represented, and it's marvellous. But it's still weird. Swastika Night I have doubts about because it's quite expensive. And maybe the Richardson and the Spark together is overkill?
Anyway, like I said, this needs to be finalised by tomorrow. LOL.