Feminist Nightmares: Women At Odds: Feminism and the Problems of Sisterhood / Edition 1

Feminist Nightmares: Women At Odds: Feminism and the Problems of Sisterhood / Edition 1

by Susan Ostrov Weisser, Joseph Hargitai
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814726208

ISBN-13: 9780814726204

Pub. Date: 10/01/1994

Publisher: New York University Press

Though all women are women, no woman is only a woman, wrote Elizabeth Spelman in The Inessential Woman. Gone are the days when feminism translated simply into the advocacy of equality for women. Women's interests are not always aligned; race, class, and sexuality complicate the equation. In recent years, feminist ideologies have become increasingly diverse.

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Though all women are women, no woman is only a woman, wrote Elizabeth Spelman in The Inessential Woman. Gone are the days when feminism translated simply into the advocacy of equality for women. Women's interests are not always aligned; race, class, and sexuality complicate the equation. In recent years, feminist ideologies have become increasingly diverse. Today, one feminist's most ardent political opponent may well be another feminist. As feminism grows increasingly diverse, the time has come to ask a painful and frequently avoided question: what does it mean for women to oppress women?

This pathbreaking, provocative anthology addresses this troublesome dilemma from various feminist perspectives, offering an interdisciplinary collection of writings that widens our understanding of oppression to take into account women who are at odds. The book examines the social, political, and psychological ramifications of this phenomenon, as evidenced in a range of texts, from women's antislavery writing to women's anti-abortion writing, from mother-daughter incest stories to maternal surrogacy narratives, from the Bible to the popular romance nove, from Jane Austen to Alice Walker.

The value of the volume is perhaps best summed up by an early response to the idea—This is a book that should never be written; feminists should concentrate on how men oppress women. Ironically, it is precisely because the subject triggers such responses, the authors argue, that a volume such as Feminist Nightmares has become a necessity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814726204
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1U.S. Academics and Third-World Women: Is Ethical Research Possible?21
2Scolding Lady Mary Wortley Montagu? The Problematics of Sisterhood in Feminist Criticism44
3Louisa Susanna McCord: Spokeswoman of the Master Class in Antebellum South Carolina62
4Womanism Revisited: Women and the (Ab)use of Power in The Color Purple88
5Mixed Blood Women: The Dynamic of Women's Relations in the Novels of Louise Erdrich and Leslie Silko106
6Mothers and Sisters: The Family Romance of Antislavery Women Writers125
7True Crimes of Motherhood: Mother-Daughter Incest, Multiple Personality Disorder, and the True Crime Novel142
8Equality, Oppression, and Abortion: Women Who Oppose Abortion Rights in the Name of Feminism159
9The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives: Notes toward a Research Project189
10Women at Odds: Biblical Paradigms209
11Post-Feminist and Anti-Woman: The Revolutionary Republican Women in France, 1793-1794225
12The Burden of Mythic Identity: Russian Women at Odds with Themselves242
13The Wonderful-Terrible Bitch Figure in Harlequin Novels269
14The Problem of Speaking for Others285
15Feminism Meets Post-Communism: The Case of the United Germany310
16Rehabilitating Mary Crawford: Mansfield Park and the Relief of "Throwing Ridicule"328
17Lost in Space between "Center" and "Margin": Some Thoughts on Lesbian-Feminist Discourse, Bisexual Women, and Speculative Fiction343
18In the Zone of Ambivalence: A Journal of Competition358
Contributors393
Index399

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