A Year of Women Writers

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Although plenty of critics and academics have done a wonderful job reinterpreting what it means to be “the canon,” there are still many readers in the US who, consciously or subconsciously, believe that men have contributed most of what we know to be literature.

In 2013, Lilit Marcus only read books written by women (with a couple exceptions for male friends who published books, which felt “like being a new vegan but sneaking one or two bites of bacon”).

Read her Flavorwire piece to find out how people reacted to her all-female reading list, what she learned from it, and what her next reading project will be. (This followup is also interesting, if somewhat depressing.)


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →