(ETX Daily Up) – George Sand, Collette, J.K. Rowling…For centuries, women writers have felt compelled to use a pseudonym to persuade men to read them. And with good reason, these still struggle to open up about literature that women are made of. Meditation put the Women’s Prize for Literature into his treatment.
The Literary Awards organizers were inspired by Mary Ann Siegart’s latest book, “The Authority Gap,” for their latest campaign to raise awareness about gender inequality in literature. The British journalist, and chair of the jury for the 2022 edition of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, explores the reasons why authors are less serious than their colleagues.
Mary Ann Siegart found that while women tend to read books written by an author of the opposite sex, men are less likely to do the same. Of the 10 best-selling female writers (including Jane Austen, Danielle Steel, and Jojo Moyes), only 19% of readers are male, compared to 81% who are female. This disparity is less pronounced for their male counterparts, with 55% of male readers and 45% of women for the 10 bestselling authors.
In other words, men read far more authors than women. To encourage them to broaden their literary horizons, the organizers of the Women’s Prize for Literature recently published a list of ten novels written by women. Obtained from 20,000 votes from previous readers and jurors.
A narrow view of the world (and literature)
Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Vermilion Maid, is headlined by the apparent. In this grim reality published in 1985, the Canadian writer imagined a dictatorship called Gilead, in which fertile women are reduced to sexual slavery to halt the decline in the birth rate. A plot that doesn’t just talk to women, according to Margaret Atwood. “‘La Servante écarlate’ ne porte pas sur les hommes contre les femmes, mais sur le totalitarisme- ce n’est pas un paradis pour les hommes, pas plus que n’importe quel régime totalitaire”, at-elle déclaré dans statement.
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” appear in second and third place, respectively, in the ratings for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Also included were “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “The Other Half of the Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and “The Song of Achilles,” Madeline Miller’s novel spoken by the #BookTok community.
The existence of this list shows that men have preconceived notions about books written by an author of the opposite sex, whether consciously or unintentionally. But why is it important? For Bernardine Evaristo, this situation locks them into a very limited view of the world. “Our literature is a way for us to explore different stories, to develop our thoughts, intellect and imagination. If we write women’s stories, we talk about women’s experiences. But we also have a feminist perspective on the male experience” to the Guardian newspaper last July. Enough to encourage the most rebellious readers to feminize their library.
Check out the ten novels written by women and recommended by the Women’s Prize for Literature below:
1 – “The Crimson Maid” by Margaret Atwood
2- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3 – “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
4 – “The Color Violet” by Alice Walker
5 – “The Achilles Song” by Madeline Miller
6 – “The Other Half of the Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7 – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tart
8 – “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
9 – “Eyes in the Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
10 – “The Other Half of You” by Brett Bennett
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