Following in the tradition of Sara Ahmed (the originator of the concept “feminist killjoy”), Wunker brings memoir, theory, literary criticism, pop culture, and feminist thinking together in this collection of essays that take up Ahmed’s project as a multi-faceted lens through which to read the world from a feminist point of view.
Neither totemic nor complete, the nonfiction essays that make up Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life attempt to think publicly about why we need feminism, and especially why we need the figure of the feminist killjoy, now. From the complicated practices of being a mother and a feminist, to building friendship amongst women as a community-building and community-sustaining project, to writing that addresses rape culture from the Canadian context and beyond, Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life invites the reader into a conversation about gender, feminism, and living in our inequitable world.
Erin Wunker is a teacher and a writer. She teaches courses in Canadian literature and cultural production. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy won the John and Margaret Savage First Book Award and the Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award. Wunker is also a Co-editor of Refuse: CanLit in Ruins. She lives and works in K’jipuktuk/Halifax.
“Wunker renders the label ‘feminist killjoy’ one that readers can be proud to wear.” — Quill & Quire (starred review)
“This collection by Erin Wunker is the spiritual successor to Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me. The essays are air-tight, intertwining traces of memory and theory, the best kind of non-fiction. Wunker takes up the figure of the Feminist Killjoy and explores its political potential, bringing an essential stream of feminist theory to a wider public.” — Large Hearted Boy
“Notes from a Feminist Killjoy is an answer to what is needed now — a self-consciously contingent rejoinder to the question of ‘who needs feminism?’” — rabble.ca
“Notes From a Feminist Killjoy is an honest, personal feminist work essential to this moment, when reminders of why we need feminism are all around us.” — Vagabond City
“Engagement with this book means subscribing to ideals that might better the lives of those who have been used and made voiceless by a patriarchal society. And so, the reading of the book itself is a political act with great weight.” — Atticus Reviews