We've created a new website dedicated to politically progressive literature. The idea is to seek out, share, promote and discuss fiction that embodies and expresses political ideas, fiction that takes sides with the workers and oppressed, that raises consciousness about racism or colonialism or women's and LGBTQ oppression, about war and intervention, about destroying the earth for corporate profit, about class and unions. We want to honor and develop a kind of literature that runs counter to the conventional wisdom that true art cannot be political. We believe that political fiction can open minds, inform, give insight, inspire, strengthen, and arm those fighting for a better world.
We'll be posting book reviews, notes, news and commentary. And we'll be carrying on a conversation that ranges over our thoughts and ideas about politics and literature and where they meet. That conversation has now begun. In the first installment, we ponder plotlines--and whether we've had enough of family dysfunction stories.
So check out Politerature. Like us on Facebook. Let your reader, writer, and activist friends know about POLITERATURE.com. If you, want to read more political fiction as we do, stick with us, follow this project as it develops, and spread the word.
Meredith Sue Willis and Shelley Ettinger