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Summer Literati Society: Empowering Young Feminists Through Reading Book Club

Miss Kennah, B.A. in Anthropology and Thanatology
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Throughout the year, students will explore intersectional feminism through literature, theory, nonfictional accounts, and biographies.

Class experience

Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • 1.Critical Analysis Skills: -Develop the ability to critically analyze feminist literature, including fiction, nonfiction, theory, biographies, and other relevant texts. Students will learn to identify and evaluate themes, perspectives, and arguments presented in these texts, honing their skills in discerning nuanced meanings and messages within the context of gender equality and feminist theory. 2.Empowerment and Awareness: -Foster a deeper understanding of feminist principles and their relevance in contemporary society. Through the exploration of diverse voices and experiences found in feminist literature, students will develop a heightened awareness of gender issues, inequalities, and intersectionality. They will also gain insights into how literature can be a tool for empowerment and social change, encouraging them to advocate for gender equity and justice. 3.Community and Dialogue: -Cultivate a supportive and inclusive community where students can engage in meaningful discussions about feminist literature. Encourage active participation, respectful exchange of ideas, and empathetic listening. By sharing perspectives, experiences, and interpretations, students will broaden their understanding of feminism and its implications, fostering empathy, solidarity, and a sense of belonging within the group. This goal emphasizes the importance of creating a safe space for exploration, reflection, and dialogue.
Miss Kennah brings a wealth of expertise and academic qualifications to the field of anthropology education. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Thanatology from the University of Rhode Island, and ongoing studies pursuing a master's degree in Anthropology at Harvard University, she possesses a strong foundation in the field. Additionally, Miss Kennah has gained valuable international experience during her time at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she studied and immersed herself in the vibrant local culture. This diverse educational background allows her to bring a rich global perspective to the classroom, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity among students. With her passion for anthropology and dedication to providing engaging and comprehensive instruction, Miss Kennah is committed to creating a stimulating learning environment that nurtures curiosity and critical thinking skills in every student.
In our Feminist Book Club, we delve into literature that challenges conventional narratives, confronts uncomfortable truths, and inspires critical reflection. As we navigate the pages of various texts, we recognize that some topics may be difficult to confront, yet they are essential for fostering empathy, awareness, and advocacy.

From Laura Bates' "Men Who Hate Women" to Stephanie Jones-Rogers' "They Were Her Property," our syllabus includes works that confront issues such as misogyny, gender-based violence, and the legacy of slavery. These topics are not easy to read about, but they are vital for understanding the complexities of gender inequality and systemic oppression.

Throughout our discussions, we provide a supportive environment where participants can engage with these challenging themes while feeling respected and validated. Our goal is not to shy away from discomfort, but rather to confront it with courage and compassion, knowing that through understanding and dialogue, we can work towards meaningful change.
April: The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir
May: Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates
June: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
July: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
August: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
September: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
October: The Poetry of Sappho by Sappho/Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
November: Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
December: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
January: They Were Her Property by Stephanie Jones-Rogers
February: The Furies by Elizabeth Flock
March: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
April: I Am Woman by Lee Maracle

-Introduction to Existentialism - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
-Analysis of "The Woman Destroyed" - Literary Articles
-Feminist Perspectives on Literature - Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
-Feminism and Existentialism - Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
-Understanding Misogyny - The Conversation
-Case Studies on Gender-Based Violence - UN Women
-Strategies for Combating Misogyny - Everyday Feminism
-Gender Equality and Activism - TED Talks
-Malala Yousafzai Biography - Nobel Prize Organization
-Gender Inequality in Education - UNESCO
-Resilience in the Face of Adversity - Malala Fund
-Youth Activism and Global Feminism - Global Fund for Women
-Introduction to Carmen Maria Machado - Author's Website or Biography
-Feminist Analysis of "Her Body and Other Parties" - Literary Journals or Academic Articles
-Exploring Narrative Structure and Genre in Short Stories - Literary Criticism or Analysis
-Creative Writing Resources - Writing Workshops or Guides on Crafting Short Stories
-Overview of Archetypal Feminism and Jungian Psychology - Academic Journals or Psychology Websites
-Analysis of Mythical and Folkloric Themes - Cultural Studies or Folklore Research
-Exploring Healing and Empowerment Through Storytelling - Psychology Articles or Narrative Therapy Resources
-Feminine Power and Intuition - Books or Articles on Feminine Psychology
-Overview of Fantasy Fiction and Gender Representation - Literary Criticism or Genre Studies
-Analysis of Female Protagonism and Empowerment - Feminist Literary Theory or Character Studies
-Themes of Identity, Power, and Agency - Critical Essays or Academic Articles on the Novel
-Feminist Themes in Young Adult Literature - Scholarly Articles or Discussions on YA Fiction
-Analysis of Sappho's Poetry - Classical Studies or Literary Criticism on Ancient Poetry
-Cleopatra's Life and Legacy - Biographies, Historical Accounts, or Archaeological Sources
-Women's Influence and Agency in Ancient History - Historical Studies or Feminist Interpretations of Ancient Texts
-Overview of Gothic Literature and Female Villainy - Literary Criticism or Genre Studies
-Analysis of Carmilla's Representation of Female Sexuality and Desire - Gender Studies or Queer Theory
-Queer Themes and Subtext in the Novel - LGBT+ Studies or Critical Essays on Carmilla
-Gender Roles and Social Taboos in 19th-Century Literature - Historical Studies or Feminist Critiques of Victorian Literature
-Overview of Gothic Literature and Female Villainy - Literary Criticism or Genre Studies
-Analysis of Carmilla's Representation of Female Sexuality and Desire - Gender Studies or Queer Theory
-Queer Themes and Subtext in the Novel - LGBT+ Studies or Critical Essays on Carmilla
-Gender Roles and Social Taboos in 19th-Century Literature - Historical Studies or Feminist Critiques of Victorian Literature
-History of Slavery in the United States - Academic Books or Historical Articles
-Gender, Power, and Slavery in the Antebellum South - Scholarly Works or Historical Studies
-Resistance and Agency Among Enslaved Women - Slave Narratives or Historical Accounts
-Legacy of Slavery and Gender Inequality Today - Social Science Research or Contemporary Analyses
-Contemporary Feminist Fiction - Literary Criticism or Genre Studies
-Themes of Friendship, Betrayal, and Revenge - Critical Essays or Character Analysis
-Female Anger and Empowerment - Feminist Theory or Gender Studies
-Intersectional Feminism and Mental Health Representation - Academic Articles or Intersectional Feminist Literature
-Classic Literature and Feminist Themes - Literary Criticism or Feminist Interpretations
-Gender Roles and Family Dynamics - Sociological Studies or Gender Studies
-Femininity, Independence, and Sisterhood - Critical Essays or Character Studies
-Comparison of "Little Women" Adaptations and Interpretations - Film Criticism or Comparative Literature
-Indigenous Feminist Literature and Lee Maracle - Author's Works or Indigenous Feminist Studies
-Intersectionality and Indigenous Women's Experiences - Academic Articles or Indigenous Studies
-Identity, Colonization, and Resistance - Indigenous Feminist Theory or Postcolonial Studies
-Indigenous Feminism, Activism, and Solidarity Movements - Indigenous Rights Organizations or Scholarly Research
Joined May, 2023
Hello there! My name is Miss Kennah, and I am delighted to be here to inspire and nurture the imaginations of children. As an advocate of creativity and a firm believer in the power of imagination, I am dedicated to fostering a love for fantasy... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
1-18 learners per class

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