Exploring Women's Studies: Looking Forward, Looking Back
©2006 |Pearson | Out of print
Carol R. Berkin, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Judith L. Pinch, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Carol Appel, University of New Hampshire
©2006 |Pearson | Out of print
For upper/graduate-level Womens Studies courses; upper-level Womens History courses; US History courses; and English Literature courses.
This important reader for women's studies contains selections by twenty scholars who have won Woodrow Wilson Fellowships in Womens Studies over the last 30 years and have helped establish and further this subject as an important discipline; they write about the changes in their fields, their recent research, and the theoretical underpinnings of their work. This is an indispensable book for instructors and students who want to know what contemporary scholars can tell us about womens lives and notions of gender in history, literature, the arts, and the social sciences; how they write about their findings; and how they define issues and develop approaches to their subjects.
Gives students a collection that shows how a feminist approach illuminates history, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, and art.
Provides students with a history of the field as well as an introduction to its most recent scholarship. Gives instructors an opportunity to focus on the development of the field as well as on the content of the essays.
Provides students with insight into the process of becoming a scholar in this field and demonstrates that scholarship is alive and ever-changing rather than static.
Enables students to understand that the effect of women's studies on subjects as wide ranging as political movements, labor issues, and the representation of women in the novel and on the movie screen.
Introduction by Anne Firor Scott.
I. The Evolution of Economic and Political Citizenship for Women.
1. Estelle B. Freedman, Beyond the Waves: Rethinking the History of Feminisms.
2. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, African Feminisms: the Struggle Continues.
3. Antoinette Burton, Feminism, Empire, and the Fate of National Histories: The Case of Victorian Britain.
II. Gender Construction in Action.
1. Leila J.Rupp, When Women’s Studies Isn’t about Women: Writing About Drag Queens.
2. Caroline B. Brettell, Anthropology, Gender, and Narrative.
3. Sharon Marcus, The Queerness of Victorian Marriage Reform.
4. Deborah Epstein Nord, “Return from Exile”: Community, Nation, and Gender in George Eliot’s Fiction.
III. Labor, Class, and Space.
1. Jacqueline Jones, Writing Women’s History: What’s Feminism Got to Do with It?
2. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Independence Herself”: A New Spin on Old Stories about Household Production in Early New England.
3. Adela Pinch, Stealing Happiness: Women Shoplifters in Georgian England.
4. Shanshan Du, Gender Sharing of Labor: A Cross Cultural Perspective.
5. Felicity Callard, Understanding Agoraphobia: Women, Men, and the Historical Geography of Urban Anxiety.
IV. Rights, Reforms, and Welfare.
1. Miriam Cohen, The Politics of Gender and Schooling in the Progressive Era.
2. Felicia A. Kornbluh, Women’s History with the Politics Left IN: Feminist Studies of the U.S.Welfare State.
3. Ellen R. Reese, Patriarchy, Racism, and Business Interests: Cross-Class Support for Welfare Entrenchment in the United States.
4. Myra Marx Ferree, Metaphors of Race and Class: Comparing German and American Racisms.
V. Knowledge Production.
1. Martha Nell Smith, Taking the “Man” Out of the Humanities: How Feminism and Technology Are Transforming the Discipline.
2. Michele Aina Barale: The Art of Darkness: Willa Cather’s Aesthetics.
3. Sabrina Barton, Feminist Film Theory and the Problem of Liking Characters.
4. Susan Casteras, Feminism and Art History: Past Achievements and New Directions.
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