UPDATE/CALL FOR ENTRIES HERE
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston
Earlier today, I covered Newsweek’s myopic list of the 50 books that define and explain these confusing modern times. To recap: the list was 84% white, 78% male, 96% straight, and 66% both white and male.
Now, I’m not putting down white male writers. But there are many wonderful writers who are subject to significant oppression, and choosing to promote already coddled and significantly advantaged writers disproportionately contributes to that problem. Our country and our world is filled with brilliant and illuminating writers who do not fit perfectly into Jon Meacham’s narrow idea of what the canon looks like.
In response to this list, I present:
50 Books for Post-Modern Times
One upcoming week in this space, I want to collect 50 works by writers whose bodies do not fit neatly into the canonical narrative. I want writers that reflect the issues of discrimination that we face today: writers of color, women writers, transgendered writers, QLBTGI writers, disabled writers. I want writers have shaped your feminist/progressive worldview. I want writers who “challenge the structure that would allow for domination of white male authorship.”*
So: who inspires you? I’m going to solicit contributions from some of the bloggers who inspire me, but I want to hear from you, readers of Deeply Problematic. Give me up to five authors who face significant oppression. I’m especially interested in intersectional writers. There are no genre limitations.
- Leave a comment here with your submission, including why you love them, or
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission.
- How they inspire you
- What they contribute to our cultural narrative
I'm excited to hear from you!
*Description by the excellent M of Ped Xing, who named this project.