Friday, April 21, 2023

Seven provocative books of feminist history

Vanessa Wilkie is the William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. She earned her PhD in British history from the University of California at Riverside and was a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Redlands before joining The Huntington in 2013. Wilkie has curated two exhibitions: "Magna Carta: Law & Legend" and "The Reformation: From the Word to the World." She has published on female editorial practices, patronage, and death rituals. Wilkie's new book is A Woman of Influence: The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer in Tudor England.

At Lit Hub she tagged seven "provocative histories about women and their communities," including:
Lisa See, The Island of Sea Women

Sometimes fiction provides the widow to the past that we don’t always readily find in more traditional historical monographs. Lisa See’s book about a real-life community of female divers on the Korean island of Jeju does just this. The story begins with a community of women who excel based on their physical strength and skill but shifts to become a story of two girls.

Sometimes a best friend is all the community you need. This work of fiction reminds us how fragile these relationships and communities can be.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue