Literature and Women Presented by Pfau Library

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March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than with a display (1st floor) that captures the brilliance of 10 strong female characters in literature. These characters were not content to passively sit on the sidelines; they were strong and brave—actively pursuing their destinies and challenging fate. Let yourself be inspired by these courageous, vibrant, alternative views of womanhood!

Here is the list of characters and their books:

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre– Charlotte Brontë, PR4167 .J36 2001, 4th Floor

Hermoine Granger

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling, PZ7.R79835 Har 2001, 5th Floor

Wife of Bath

Canterbury Tales Rendered into Modern English – Geoffrey Chaucer, PR1870 .A1 N5, 4th Floor

Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins, PZ7.C6867 Hun bk.1 2008, 5th Floor

Hester Prynne

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne, PS1868 .A1 1986, 4th Floor


The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien, PR6039.O32 L6 1965, 4th Floor

Lyra Silvertongue

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman, PZ7.P968 Hi 2007, 5th Floor

Janie Crawford

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston, PS3515.U789 T639 1991, 4th Floor

Hua Mulan

“Ode to Mulan” (the original poem that inspired everything else in both Chinese and English)

For a contemporary novelization, try Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston, CT275 .K5764 A33 1976, 5th Floor

Lisbeth Salander

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – by Stieg Larsson, PT9876.22.A6933 M3613 2008, 4th Floor

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