Female Rage: An Ever-Expanding Reading List

While writing The Furies - my first novel, out now from HarperFiction (UK) and coming soon from St Martin’s Press (US) - I found myself thinking a lot about female rage in fiction.

Angry women in literature have always been the most fascinating characters, to me personally - and the conversation around women’s anger in the wake of #MeToo has never been more interesting.

In September 2019, I’m returning to the University of Birmingham to start work on a PhD on female rage in literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing.

Here’s my reading list, as it stands at the moment - I’ll continue to update this as I go along.

In the interest of keeping track of all the brilliant suggestions I’ve received so far, I should say - this isn’t just a list of modernist or contemporary books. And those with an asterisk at the start are ones I haven’t read… Yet.

So please - please - let me know what I’ve missed! Tweet me at @fatgirlphd, or email me using the form below.

 

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Non-Fiction: Essays

  • Adrienne Rich - When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision (1972)

Non-Fiction: books

  • Mary Beard - Women & Power (2017)

  • Soraya Chemaly - Rage Becomes Her (2018)

  • Brittney Cooper - Eloquent Rage (2018)

  • Audre Lorde - Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches (2007)

  • Rebecca Traister - Good & Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (2018)


Fiction: Short Stories/collections

  • Roxane Gay - Difficult Women (2017)

  • Carmen Maria Machado - Her Body & Other Parties (2017)

  • You Know You Want This - Kristen Roupenian (2019)

Fiction: Novels

  • Naomi Alderman - The Power (2017)

  • Djuna Barnes - Nightwood (1936)

  • *Dorothy Canfield-Fisher - The Home-Maker (1924)

  • Rachel Cusk - Outline (2014)

  • Christina Dalcher - Vox (2018)

  • Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl (2012)

  • Lauren Groff - Fates & Furies (2015)

  • *Siri Hustvedt - The Blazing World (2014)

  • *Jamaica Kincaid - The Autobiography of my Mother (1996)

  • Sophie Mackintosh - The Water Cure (2018)

  • Toni Morrisson - Beloved (1987)

  • Otessa Moshfegh - Eileen (2015)

  • Clare Messud - The Woman Upstairs (2013)

  • Jean Rhys - Good Morning, Midnight (1939)

  • Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

  • *Elizabeth Smart - By Grand Central Station I Sat Down & Wept (1945)

  • Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway (1925)

  • Leni Zumas - Red Clocks (2018)


Poetry

  • Amanda Lovelace - The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One (2018)


What have I missed?

Tell me here