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August 25: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

I took a women’s lit class, and in 17 out of 18 stories, the female protagonist died. Yeah… Re-do!

pride and prejudice

1. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. Yes, this book is all about marriage–but it’s also about making choices, and these women do so.


2. Graceling; Kristin Cashore. Why is fantasy never included in a women’s lit class? It should be.

fried green tomatoes

3. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Fannie Flagg. A story about a lot of strong women, over generations.

by the sword

4. By the Sword; Mercedes Lackey. One woman deciding she doesn’t have to follow the roles set by her family.

Let's Pretend

5. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. Everybody is a little bit broken, but Jenny knows how to cope–and laugh.

to kill a mockingbird

6. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee. Scout is growing up in a tough time, but she learns so much from the events around her.

how to be a woman

7. How to be a Woman; Caitlin Moran. Funny, a little dark, a bit inappropriate.

wee free men

8. Wee Free Men; Terry Pratchett. With a frying pan, she beat back a legend. Just wait to see what she does next…


9. Wild; Cheryl Strayed. A journey through a hiking trail–and one of self-discovery.

glass castle

10. The Glass Castle; Jeannette Walls. Family can be tough. But tough women overcome.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

5 responses »

  1. dreamingthroughliterature says:

    Love your topic and book choices!

    • That class made me sad and annoyed. My professor said the fact that the protagonists ‘transgressed’ made it feminist, even if they were punished. I say not labeling it transgression and letting them live happily ever after is better!

      • dreamingthroughliterature says:

        Totally agreed! That sucks that you had such a negative experience with that class. I had a similar king of one, though, with a women’s studies class. My professor thought feminism was just focussing on a women’s sexual awakening, so that’s literally all we talked about for the entire semester. Your class idea sounds much better!

  2. Mari says:

    I swear fantasy gets a good push out of the lit class door. I don’t recall any of my lit classes delving into them (though to be fair, one of my lit classes was focused on science fiction, lol).

    I’d totally take this women’s lit class!

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