Female Transgressive Writers of all time (Part 6)

  1. Elizabeth Wurtzel

  2. Janet Fitch

  3. Susanna Kaysen

  4. Penelope Lively

  5. Emma Donoghue

Time to talk about another 5 fantastic authors that I categorize under Transgressive Fiction according to their style and themes, how they use the power of writing to transgress the norms of their society and culture. Today we will talk about Elizabeth Wurtzel, Janet Fitch, Susanna Kaysen, Penelope Lively, Emma Donoghue.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

(July 31, 1967 – January 7, 2020)

Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel was an American writer and journalist, known for the confessional memoir Prozac Nation, which she published at the age of 27. Her work often focused on chronicling her personal struggles with depression, addiction, career, and relationships. Wurtzel's work drove a boom in confessional writing and the personal memoir genre during the 1990s, and she was viewed as a voice of Generation X. In later life, Wurtzel worked briefly as an attorney before her death from breast cancer. (source)

That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.
― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is most famously known as the author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002. Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become a historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes. But when she won a student exchange to Keele University in England, where her passion for Russian history led her, she awoke in the middle of the night on her twenty-first birthday with the revelation she wanted to write fiction. (source) Two of her favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky and Edgar Allan Poe. (Ibid.) Her third novel, Paint It Black, named after the Rolling Stones song of the same name, was published in September 2006. Amber Tamblyn directed a 2016 feature film based on the book. (source)In the Revolution of Marina M.: A Novel, she "captures the epic grandeur of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, situating her characters in the pages of authentic history. Yet she also infuses her protagonists with transgressive sexual energy...vividly portraying Marina's sexual awakenings as she falls in and out of love... Readers of Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, and Margaret Mitchell will thrill to this narrative of women in love during the cataclysm of war." (source)