I need help on finding some books on postmodernism, marxism, postcolonialism or feminism. I'll be writing on one of these themes in the essay. And if you could maybe summarize what the book is about and if you liked it that would help. I'd like to read a book that's interesting although it's for an assignment. :)
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In terms of examining a work that analyzes the predicament of post colonialism, one could not go wrong with Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children." The book focuses on the moment of Partition and the reality of a post- Colonial India. To say that it is powerful is an understatement. Another book on the same level would be Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart," which analyzes the impact of Colonialism on an African village and highlights the challenge of voice in a Colonial and post- Colonial world. For Feminism, I would suggest Steinem's "Voice from Within" and Faludi's "Backlash," which both address the reclamation of women's voices yet analyze it from two different angles in two different time periods, when the presence of women's rights were at two different valences. A book that is not necessarily on Marxism, but does highlight many of its themes would be Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," which speaks of a world when industrialization and rationality has gone awry through the depiction of the Bovarys. Finally, a book that integrates many of these ideals, yet undercuts them all with a very postmodern point of view would be Kundera's "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting."
You don't specify if you're looking for books that are about feminist literary theory, but I am guessing that's what you mean here. If so, an excellent book is The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, published in 1979 by Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert. This book, which looks at 19th-century women writers such as the Brontes, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, was groundbreaking when it was first published.
I would also suggest a book by Elaine Showalter, such as Toward a Feminist Poetics (1979) and Inventing Herself: Claiming a Feminist Intellectual Heritage (2001). Showalter's writing is fairly accessible, and she knows her stuff.
For Marxism I would read a book called Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler. It covers life in the Soviet Union during the purges, where a man once considered a loyal communist is arrested, and the book covers his interrogation and how he defends himself. 1984 is the more common anaology, but it's been overstudied and discussed.
For feminism, I would read Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. She is one of feminism's intellectual founders. You might also look into essay collections of Susan B. Anthony or Margaret Sanger.
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