Things in Print Thursday :: an analysis of my public school English career.

10 Jul

Junior high/high school, because I’ve found lists of common AP Literature books and I decided I could analyze it.  How many of the books were about/by women?  About/by POC authors/characters?  About/by queer authors/characters?  Titles marked with an * are ones I read in junior high instead of high school.  This is not every book on the lists I’ve found, just the ones I read.  And this is not every book I read, just the ones on the lists.

Women protagonists
*To Kill a Mockingbird, with Scout.The Scarlet Letter, with Hester.
Antigone, with Antigone.
Beloved, with Sethe.

More than one supporting or main female character
The Great Gatsby, as Daisy and Jordan are both at least supporting characters.  (Both have romantic attachments to male characters.)
The Scarlet Letter
, kind of, if you can count Pearl alongside Hester.  (Hester has a romantic attachment to a male character, of which Pearl is the product.)
Great Expectations has Estella and Miss Havisham.  (Both are semi-defined by romantic attachments to male characters.)
Hamlet has Ophelia and Gertrude.  (Both have romantic attachments to male characters.)
A Tale of Two Cities has Lucie and Madame Defarge.  (Both have romantic attachments to male characters.)
Antigone has Antigone and Ismene.   (Antigone has a romantic attachment to a male character, though it’s decidedly not the plot.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude has a whole helping of female characters (though I read this for a book report, not the curriculum).  (And various of them have romantic attachments.)
*A Midsummer Night’s Dream has Hermia and Helena and Titania.  (All of them have romantic attachments to male characters.)
Othello has Desdemona and Emilia.  (Both of them have romantic attachments to male characters.)
Beloved has Sethe and Denver, as well as any number of tertiary others.  (Sethe had a romantic attachment to male characters.)
A Streetcar Named Desire has Blanche and Stella.  (Both of them have romantic attachments to male characters.)

By women
*To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

POC protagonists
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with Jim (secondary protagonist).
Othello, with Othello.
Beloved, with Sethe.
Fences, with Troy.
Native Son, with Bigger.

More than one supporting or main POC character
One Hundred Years of Solitude is set entirely in a fictional analogue for Colombia and its characters are of that descent (though I read this for a book report, not the curriculum).
Beloved, with Sethe, Denver, and many others.
Fences, wherein every character is African-American.
Native Son, which features Bigger and his family.

By POC authors
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Beloved, by Toni Morrison.
Fences, by August Wilson.
Native Son, by Richard Wright.

Queer protagonists

More than one supporting or main queer character

By queer authors

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