FemSoc Book Club

Posted by crm28 at Nov 16, 2017 05:05 PM |
Students discussed this year's Read at Leicester novel at the inaugural meeting of the FemSoc Book Club.

As part of the Read at Leicester project, the Library has been encouraging the start of a number of book clubs across campus to generate conversation about this year’s novel. We have been reading Naomi Alderman’s The Power, and have given out 5000 copies of the book to our students.

The first appearance of the text at a student book club was at the first meeting of the Feminist Book Club, which is run by members of the UoL Feminist Society. Some of the key themes of  The Power are female empowerment and the relationship between gender and power, making it a perfect first choice for a book club which aims to explore texts with feminist themes throughout the academic year.

The group got together for their discussion on the evening of Tuesday 24 October, equipped with copies of the novel and plenty of snacks. There wasn’t much time to get settled down before the dialogue started pouring out from all different directions, with the students in attendance all vying to share their own varied thoughts on The Power. Among the topics discussed and debated were; gendered Islamophobia, the role that socioeconomic class plays in the novel, the relationships the female protagonists have with each other, and how the novel would translate as a film or TV show. There was a lot of comparison of the book with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which led to it being selected as the next book that the club would read.

The event lasted about two hours, and all the members in attendance were all able to contribute to the discussion with insights stemming from their various personal and academic backgrounds. It made for an intellectually stimulating evening and a great opportunity to discuss literature with a diverse set of students.

If you’re interested in joining the Feminist Book Club, their next meeting will be taking place on Monday 20 October at 5.00pm, in Charles Wilson 403, where they will be discussing The Handmaid’s Tale.

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