Monique Wittig (1935-2003) was a French writer and feminist theorist. Her novels exclusively
depict women and are considered feminist and lesbian classics.
She has written numerous novels, short stories
and essays, mostly dealing with feminist themes. She is a main theorist of
material feminism and coined the phrase ‘heterosexual contract’, where the patriarchal
society exists as a result of the norms existing between men and women.
Alice Munro (b.
1931) is a Canadian writer. She is best known for winning the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 2013.
She is a short story writer, and has
published numerous collections over a career spanning more than four decades. Her
works have won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, Canada’s most
important literary prize, three times, as well as the Man Booker International
Prize in 2009.
Margaret Walker (1915-1998) was an important representative of the Chicago Black
Renaissance, the African-American literary movement of the 30s and 40s. She
wrote poetry and fiction.
Her best-known novel is the 1966 Jubilee,
detailing the story of a slave family around the Civil War era. She was also a
literature professor at Jackson State University and the founder of the Institute
for the Study of History, Life and Culture of Black People, which today bears
Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) is one of the most prolific writers in modern literature.
She has published 58 novels throughout a career spanning more than five
decades, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry and plays.
She has won numerous awards for her work,
including the National Humanities Medal or the Jerusalem Prize for Lifetime
Achievement. She has also taught at Princeton University since 1978.
Judith Wright (1915-2000) was a poet and environmentalist
from Australia. She was also a campaigner for Aboriginal land rights.
Her poetry deals
significantly with environmental topics, as well as the relationship between
man and the environment. She campaigned for the conservation of the Great
Barrier Reef and Fraser Island, and served as the President for the Wildlife
Preservation Society of Queensland. In 1994, she won the Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission Poetry Award.
Storni (1892-1938) was a poet from Argentina. She was an important
representative of the Modernist movement in her country.
A single mother at the age of nineteen, she supported herself with
teaching and journalism in Buenos Aires, and later started publishing her
works. The 1920 book Languidez, her
second, won the National Literature Prize for the year. She published numerous
other poetry collections over more than twenty years, exhibiting strong
Ama Ata Aidoo
(b.1942) is a
poet and playwright from Ghana. She has previously served as the Minister of
Education in her country.
Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published in 1964, and made her the
first published African female dramatist. Her novels frequently feature strong
female characters who break common societal stereotypes. In 2000 she founded
the Mbaasem Foundation, which supports African women writers.