Literary Wives: Reading Literature for Understandings of Wifehood

Two of my favorite things about blogging are (1) the space to take deep-dives into culture and (2) finding others who are geeking out over the same things I am. I get to do both of these at once in the Literary Wives series.

The Literary Wives series is a collaborative project. We read books that refer to wives in the title and reflect on what the work reveals about the experience of being a wife. How does the work define or describe the role? How does the role of wife define the women in the novel?

Our reading list (with links to my responses):

How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

On Beauty by Zadie Smith – August 2017

Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill – October 2017

A Lady and Her Husband by Amber Reeves – December 2017

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt – February 2018

The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene – April 2018

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo – June 2018

Let me introduce you to my book group!

2h6a9251Ariel of One Little Library. Ariel Bartlett is the Acquisitions Editor for Teaching Methods and Technology at Corwin Press in Thousand Oaks, CA. She also manages Corwin Connect, an education news site, in addition to her personal book review blog, One Little Library. Ariel has a B.A. in English Literature from Azusa Pacific University.

kayKay of What Me Read. Kay is a long-time professional technical writer who has taught composition and technical-writing courses at the college level. She loves reading all kinds of books. When she recently got an iPad and spent some hours playing games, her husband thought she’d undergone a personality change. But soon she was back to reading. She is the secret author of three (sadly unpublished) trashy romance novels.

lynn Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors. Lynn Gerrard completed a B.A. in Elementary Education and graduate coursework at Purdue University. She has experience as a bookseller, teacher, librarian, case manager, and higher education administrator. She has facilitated a book club the past five years and has been reviewing books on a personal blog since June 2013.

naomiNaomi of Consumed by Ink. Once upon a time, Naomi worked as a biologist, math tutor, and early childhood educator. Since then, she has been happily reading bedtime stories to three eager listeners, and hopes this will never change. She loved traveling around the Canadian Maritimes with her family, visiting the used book stores and bakeries.

z EvaEva of The Paperback Princess. Eva spent a lifetime talking to people who weren’t listening about books and reading until she realized that she could blog about them with people who did care. She lives on the West Coast of Canada where she continues to learn to love Canadian literature and talk about the weather. She’s most happy curled up in her reading chair, a cup of tea balanced on the armrest and her German shepherd lying at her feet. Eva has no patience for heroines who fit their lives around men.

pictureTJ of My Book Strings. TJ grew up in Germany and moved to the U.S. during her college years. Now a working mom of 3, reading is what keeps her sane. She prefers the classics and anything history-related, though books that include nerdy statistics are always welcome. When she’s not reading, she likes to travel, get together with friends, and bake.