FP Staff Picks: Controversy-Causing Classics
When The Naked Woman was originally published in 1950, critics doubted a woman writer could be responsible for its shocking erotic content. In this searing critique of Enlightenment values, fantastic themes are juxtaposed with brutal depictions of misogyny and violence, and frantically build to a fiery conclusion.
Team FP put on our thinking caps to gather a list of our most-beloved feminist essentials that caused a stir. From Borderlands/La Frontera to The Well of Loneliness, here are our favorite controversy-causing classics.
—Hannah, Outreach & Operations Manager
—Lucia, External Relations Manager
—Nick, Fall Intern
—Jamia, Executive Director and Publisher
—Bry’onna, Fall Intern
—Julia, Fall Intern
—Lauren, Senior Editor
—Halle, Fall Intern
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson (Penguin)
For centuries, scholars have been arguing over the painfully few extant fragments of Sappho's poetry. Do the writings of this famous daughter of Lesbos express queer desire between women, or were Sappho and her comrades just *really* good friends? The history of this controversy, fueled by massive gaps in the surviving knowledge of her life and work, is a fascinating reflection of the cultural norms and literary values of any given era.