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.
Adrienne Rich - When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision (1972)
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)
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)
Amanda Lovelace - The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One (2018)
What have I missed?
Tell me here