What are some important works of fiction written that really exemplify gender studies? ex. Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
There are many works of American and British literature they are excellent subjects for gender studies. Certainly the writings of Sylvia Plath are considered important feminist works, because of her independent attitude and interest in strong female personae in the voices of her writing. Virginia Woolf is another writer whose work is associated with feminist and gender studies, due to her interest in gender identity (as in the novel Orlando), her portrayal of female friendships (as in Mrs. Dalloway) or her belief in the importance of female points of view (as in A Room of One's Own). But there are many more female fiction writers whose works are appropriate for a discussion of gender studies: Margaret Atwood, Kate Chopin, Alice Walker, Elizabeth Bowen, Joyce Carol Oates, A. S. Byatt, and others.