Protest Literature has existed in different forms throughout literary history. Some of the greatest writers in history have employed their talents toward awakening the public to injustices locally and world-wide.
by Upton Sinclair, Edward Sagarin (Editor), and Albert Teichner (Editor). Barricade Books. From the publisher: "Contained in this volume are many of the most stirring, thought-provoking and incisive writings on the struggle of humanity against social injustice ever written. Contributors include Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Euripides
, Dante, Zola, and Tolstoy
by Henry David Thoreau
. Houghton Mifflin Company. Henry David Thoreau
's "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience" influenced writers and activists from around the world: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary Wilkins Freeman, and others. Read background material related to Thoreau's famous contributions to literature.
by Sor Juana Ines de Cruz, and Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator). Penguin. From the publisher: "Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695) wrote her most famous prose work, 'La Respuesta a Sor Filotea,' in 1691 in response to her bishop's injunction against her intellectual pursuits."
by Richard Newman (Editor), Phillip Lapsansky (Editor), and Patrick Rael (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "Between the Revolution and the Civil War, African-American writing became a prominent feature of both black protest culture and American public life. Although denied a political voice in national affairs, black authors produced a wide range of literature."
by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Howard N. Meyer (Editor). De Capo. From the publisher: "The extraordinary writings of one of the most vigorous, effective-and overlooked-shapers of American history, and the rediscovery of an American visionary Thomas Wentworth Higginson is little known today..."
by Lynn S. Johnson. Pennsylvania State University Press. Here, Lynn Johnson offers her evidence that The Book of Margery Kempe is fiction, in a reshaping of society.
by Frederick Douglass, William L. Andrews (Editor), William S. McFeely (Editor). From the publisher: "Upon its publication in 1845, 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself' became an immediate best-seller." Along with the text, find "Contexts" and "Criticism."
8. Literature and Society by Pamela J. Annas, and Robert C. Rosen. Prentice Hall. From the publisher: "An enriching introduction to the diverse and exciting world of literature, this anthology offers a broad collection of short fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction selections written by a diverse group of writers who represent different social classes, races, genders, cultures, and sexual orientations."
by Karen Sánchez-Eppler. University of California Press. From the publisher: The author "charts how bodily difference came to be recognized as a central problem for both political and literary expression..." Her study includes anti-slavery fiction, slave narratives, and the lyric poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
by Sos Eltis. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "A radical re-examination of Oscar Wilde's plays, 'Revising Wilde' challenges long-established views of the writer as a dilettante and dandy, revealing him instead as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society."