Notes from a Feminist Killjoy

Essays on Everyday Life

Erin Wunker is a feminist killjoy, and she thinks you should be one, too.

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

Erin Wunker is Chair of the Board of the national non-profit organization Canadian Women in the Literary Arts ( and co-founder, writer, and managing editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe. She teaches courses in Canadian literature and cultural production with a special focus on cultural production by women. She lives in Halifax with her partner, their daughter, and Marley the dog. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy is Wunker’s first book.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


The author presents a note addressed to her infant daughter. 2 $0.20


The author introduces her work and the context that led her to writing a book about feminism as an academic, reading, and blogger. 38 $3.80


The author discusses rape culture, how it has impacted her life, and how it impacts society 62 $6.20


The author discusses friendship between women as a radical act in a culture that teaches women to mistrust each other 44 $4.40


The author discusses mothering and feminism, specifically how she came into herself as a mother who was also a feminist. 34 $3.40


The author discusses refusal as a feminist act and how her work as a feminist killjoy operates at the interstices of her work as a feminist, teacher, friend, ally, and mother. 18 $1.80