Put it in words: How writing and reading by women influenced art in the ’70s

While it may be true that you can’t judge a book by its cover, many of the covers in the Rereading Room are at least visually interesting enough to persuade you to pick them up.

Some will probably even trigger memories of having read them before.

One of the most recognizable is the objectified torso of a women hanging from a bar on the front of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, a standard book in many university political science and sociology classes in the 1970s.

There are paperback versions of The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. In the practical area, there’s It’s Easy to Fix Your Bike by a male author but featuring a woman behind a bike wheel. Then there’s the declarative title: STOP RAPE.

Others have interesting titles that might make you want to pick them up just to see what’s inside such as Mrs. Satan and Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution. Plus, there’s the notoriety of celebrity such as the S.C.U.M. Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol.

Selected bookcovers of the books in the Rereading Room by Alexandra Bischoff. It’s part of Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT at the Belkin Gallery, University of B.C., Jan. 12 to April 8, 2018. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Cover of one of the books in the Rereading Room by Alexandra Bischoff.

The books are the kinds of titles that would have been in the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore, a legendary meeting place and centre that opened downtown in the summer of 1973. From 400 books listed in the inaugural typewritten catalogue compiled by Jeannine Mitchell, one of the bookstore’s founders, about 100 have been brought together for its recreation at the Belkin Gallery. It’s one of the works in GLUT, the first of four exhibitions called Beginning with the Seventies to April 2019.

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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