Category: women in literature

Zona Gale (1874-1938) was an American novelist…

Zona Gale (1874-1938)
was an American novelist and playwright. She was the first woman to win the
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which she achieved in 1921 for Miss Lulu Bett.

She published her first novel in 1906, and
eleven more followed throughout her career. In addition to writing, she also
supported progressive causes, and lobbied for equal rights in her state of Wisconsin.

Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) was a Swedish auth…

Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) was a Swedish author and feminist reformer. Seen as the ‘Swedish
Jane Austen’, her novels her highly influential in bringing about social change
for women in her country.

Her novels were very popular even outside
national borders, in the UK and the US. In a society where all women were under
the guardianship of either their fathers or their husbands, her novel Hertha
sparked a movement that granted Swedish women majority at the age of 25 – a
major victory for female independence. The first women’s rights organisation in
Sweden, formed in 1884, bears her name.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was a Finnish author …

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was a Finnish author and illustrator. She is best known
for her Moomin children books, that became internationally famous and
beloved.

She studied arts and design in Stockholm and
Paris, and had her first solo exhibition in 1943. She wrote the first Moomin book
two years later. In 1966 she received the Hans Christiansen Award, the highest
recognition for a writer or illustrator of children’s books.

Monique Wittig (1935-2003) was a French writer…

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. Sh…

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 r…

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
her name.

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Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) is one of the most…

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 envir…

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.

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) was a poet from A…

Alfonsina
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
feminist themes.