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Women I Read: International Women’s Day 2016

A few years ago, a mid-list Canadian novelist teaching at a university in Toronto was asked by an interviewer why there were no women authors in the syllabus of the course he taught about the novels he loved the most. “I’m not interested in teaching books by women,” he replied. “I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall.”

The outrage and sputtering lasted through at least half a news cycle. After the predictable uproar dissipated, the question I asked myself was, “Who are the women writers I read?” The difficulty in answering that question was not finding women writers whose work I love, but keeping the list within manageable limits. Here’s the visual version:

Gertrude Stein. Stein portrait by P icasso. Photo: Man Ray.

Gertrude Stein. Stein portrait by Picasso. Photo: Man Ray.

Colette.

Colette.

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle).

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle).

Doris Lessing.

Doris Lessing.

Nadine Gordimer.

Nadine Gordimer.

Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone de Beauvoir.

Marguerite Duras.

Marguerite Duras.

Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf.

Hannah Arendt.

Hannah Arendt.

Ursula Le Guin.

Ursula Le Guin.

Susan Sontag.

Susan Sontag.

Assia Djebar.

Assia Djebar.

Toni Morrison.

Toni Morrison.

Christa Wolf.

Christa Wolf.

Nicole Brossard.

Nicole Brossard.

Naomi Klein.

Naomi Klein.

Slavenka Drakulic.

Slavenka Drakulic.

Margaret Randall.

Margaret Randall.

Barbara Tuchman.

Barbara Tuchman.

Germaine Greer.

Germaine Greer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stan Persky

Stan Persky

Stan Persky taught philosophy at Capilano University in N. Vancouver, B.C. He received the 2010 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His most recent books are Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009 (McGill-Queen's, 2011), Post-Communist Stories: About Cities, Politics, Desires (Cormorant, 2014), and Letter from Berlin: Essays 2015-2016 (Dooney's, 2017).

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