Feminine Mystiques

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01Mink2013080220170525 (BBC7)By Marina Warner
Read by Emma Fielding

Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, Radio 4 has commissioned three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape.

Emma Fielding reads the first story in this series, by award winning writer and mythographer Marina Warner. Just as some of Angela Carter's short stories from The Bloody Chamber were first published in high fashion magazine Vogue, and Carter's retelling of fable and myth turned on the original meaning of 'glamour' as a spell, Marina Warner explores feminine mystique through a housewife in the 1950s who weaves hope and freedom into her longing for a mink coat.

Marina Warner has written novels, short stories and non-fiction centering around women and the imagery and iconography they conjure for more than thirty years.

The other writers in the series are British-Sierra Leonean novelist Aminatta Forna, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and judge of the Man Booker International Prize, with a surreal and wryly humourous contemporary story read by Doon MacKichan, and Sarah Hall, one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists 2013, who brings us a story set in a dystopian near future, read by Francesca Dymond.

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

By Marina Warner. Evocative story in which a 1950s housewife dreams of glamour.

Three short stories from leading writers exploring the contemporary feminist landscape

02What To Expect2013080920170526 (BBC7)By Aminatta Forna
Read by Doon MacKichan

Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape.

Doon MacKichan reads Aminatta Forna's surreal and wryly funny contemporary story. A young woman rebels against the weight of expectation and the minute daily constraints of appropriate behaviour. A story with an unexpected and humourous twist.

Aminatta Forna is winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and judge of the Man Booker International Prize. She is the author of Ancestor Stones and The Hired Man

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

By Aminatta Forna. Surreal and funny story in which a woman rebels against expectations.

Three short stories from leading writers exploring the contemporary feminist landscape

03Theatre Six2013081620170529 (BBC7)By Sarah Hall
Read by Francesca Dymond

Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, three leading writers celebrate her influence in new short stories for Radio 4 exploring the contemporary feminist landscape.

In our final story in the series, Sarah Hall's compelling story takes us to a dystopian near future in the tradition of Margaret Atwood. In a world almost - but not quite - recognisable to us, a young woman finds herself in a terrifying situation, and a young doctor confronts a new political world order that challenges her professional faith.

Sarah Hall has been chosen as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists 2013, and is author of The Carhullan Army and The Electric Michelangelo.

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

A young woman faces a terrifying situation while her doctor confronts a new world order.

Three short stories from leading writers exploring the contemporary feminist landscape