A feminist novel is a book that supports the goal of equal rights for women. These include women's civic, economic and political rights.
Feminist novels can be found as far back as the 15th century. A few books from that time period are "The Book of the City of Ladies" and "The Treasure of the City of Ladies," both by Christine de Pisan and published around 1405. One well-known novel, perhaps not considered one with a feminist twist by many, is "The Tale of Joan of Arc" by Christine de Pisan, published in 1429. Feminist writings have continued to recent years. One of the more current novels includes "Cinnamon" by Samar Yazbek, published in 2012.
There are some schools of thought and criticisms when it comes to feminist literature, however. These include
There are also three phases of women's writings, as stated by Elaine Showalter in her book "A Literature of Their Own." These phases are:
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Hester Prynne, the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlett Letter," is a feminist figure who exhibits strength and wisdom. Rather than allowing herself to be a victim of her circumstances and Puritan contempt, she lives as a resilient woman and doesn't allow herself and her sexuality to be controlled by patriarchal norms.Full Answer >