This month explored the contested notion of 'female gaze' and how writers have constructed what it means for a voice to be ‘womanly'. We focused on women as creators, spectators and protagonists. For this discussion, we eliminated the idea of a ‘core’ text as an organising principle and made it non-hierarchical.
- Happening by Annie Ernaux (novella: https://www.sevenstories.com/books/3152-happening)
- Fever Dream directed by Claudia Llosa, adapted from a novel by Samanta Schweblin (on Netflix)
- ‘Window’ by Forough Farrokhzad: https://www.forughfarrokhzad.org/selectedworks/selectedworks8.php
- A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin: 1. 'Point of View' 2. 'Toda Luna, Todo Año'
- Zama Q&A, Lucrecia Martel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtdLaF5tlVs&t=429s
- 'Manifesto Against Lists,' Elena Gorfinkel: https://www.anothergaze.com/elena-gorfinkel-manifesto-against-lists/
- 'Gender Critical = Gender Conservative,' Sara Ahmed: https://feministkilljoys.com/2021/10/31/gender-critical-gender-conservative/
- Céline Sciamma Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7F9k-340fc
- 'On the power of uncertainty,' Durga Chew-Bose: https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/durga-chew-bose-on-the-power-of-uncertainty/
- The Pillow Book, Sei Shonagon
We also highly recommend all to visit a local theatre and watch the film adaptation of Happening directed by Audrey Diwan.