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The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing: Hannah Dawson in Conversation with Shahidha Bari
April 27, 2021 @ 19:30 – 20:30 BST
Feminism is the insight that sexism exists, and the struggle against that oppression. THE PENGUIN BOOK OF FEMINIST WRITING is a global anthology of feminist writers, edited and introduced with a major new essay by Hannah Dawson.
Beginning in the fifteenth century with Christine de Pizan, who imagined a City of Ladies that would serve as a refuge from the harassment of men, the book reaches around the earth and through the years to us, now, splashing about in the fourth wave. It goes beyond the usual white, western story, encompassing also race, class, capitalism, imperialism, and other axes of oppression that intersect with patriarchy. Alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who declared in Seneca Falls in 1848 the self-evident truth ‘that all men and women are created equal’, we find Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York in 1797, who asked ‘and ain’t I a woman?’ Drawing on poems, novels and memoirs, as well as roaring manifestos, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF FEMINIST WRITING parts the clouds on a constellation of feminist classics.
Hannah Dawson is Senior Lecturer in the History of Ideas at King’s College London. Her previous book was Life Lessons from Hobbes. She read hundreds of thousands of words to whittle down to the sublime selection represented here.
Shahidha Bari is an academic, critic and broadcaster. She studied English at Cambridge and Cornell and is a Professor at the University of the Arts London. She’s the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s nightly Free Thinking programme, also known as the Arts and Ideas podcast, and the occasional host of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She is the author of DRESSED: THE SECRET LIFE OF CLOTHES, the winner of The Observer Anthony Burgess Arts Journalism Prize 2016 and has been a judge for the Forward Poetry Prizes and the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Prize. She writes for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and Frieze magazine.