Female Transgressive Writers of all time (Part 1)

Updated: Apr 20

  1. Sylvia Plath

  2. Donna Tartt

  3. Alissa Nutting

  4. Kathy Acker

  5. Anaïs Nin

Transgressive Fiction is the odd kid in the neighborhood. That kid who is being called names and ignored and feeling lonely. But that kid is more of a boy than a girl. So, the odd little girl in me felt a need to write about women writers in the genre of Transgressive Fiction as I feel there are not mentioned much. To give all of a voice as any good feminist girl would do, I created a list of women writers whose books can be categorized under Transgressive Fiction for considering taboo themes along with the top published book of each writer. In this post, I will list the names along with their most celebrated books and in future posts, I will discuss each one of them more in detail. As the list is longer than I assumed, I will separate it into 2 or 3 parts. I chose and listed these inspiring women randomly without putting any on top of the list as each is unique in its own sense. Also, I chose these writers because they transgressed their social norms and taboos of their time. Today we will talk about Sylvia Plath, Donna Tartt, Alissa Nutting, Kathy Acker, and Anaïs Nin.

Sylvia Plath

(October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963)


Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer.

She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other

Poems and Ariel, as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. (source)

Some in the feminist movement saw Plath as a "symbol of blighted female genius" (source) who was speaking for their experience. Unfortunately, suffering from depression, she died by suicide in 1963.


“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.― sylvia plath