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Brighton CCA

A new centre for
contemporary arts at the
University of Brighton

This event is part of COMMUNAL

The following book selection was curated with Ruth, founder of The Feminist Bookshop in response to the ‘past’ for COMMUNAL. It is a thematically diverse list that covers the fight for liberation, accounts of injustice and in depth studies, forming a foundation to begin to think through feminised narratives.

How to get involved:
From Monday 30 March we will be releasing a response to each book online. This is not a definitive list but aims to generate thought and discussion. Suggestions are welcome. We will be offering two further curated bookshelves, for present and for future.


Women & Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard, 2017

Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, 1985

Sweet Freedom: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation, Anna Coote and Beatrix Campbell, 1982

Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire, Carol Dyhouse, 2017

Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi, 1983

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, 1963

Reproductive Rights and Wrongs, Betsy Hartmann, 1995

March Women March: How Women Won the Vote, Lucinda Hawksley, 2013

The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability, Kristen Hogan, 2016

Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World, Kumari Jayawardena, 1986

Side Effects, Lesley Lawson, 2008

The Carrier Bag of Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1989

Radical Feminism, Finn Mackay, 2015

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, 1970

A History of Britain in 21 Women, Jenni Murray, 2016

Feminism: A Beginners Guide, Sally J. Scholz, 2010

The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1983

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