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

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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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"This important anthology reminds us that sisterhood is what we have to work towards not something we can assume as given on the basis of some alleged commonality of biology. It teaches that such work requires grappling with differences which cut to the core of who women are and what women want. This is a must read for all those who are willing to face such work as well as for those who have not yet grasped its necessity."

-Linda Nicholson,Professor, State University of New York at Albany and editor of the series Thinking Gender

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814726204
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ostrov Weisser is Professor of English at Adelphi University and Academic Director of the Bard College Clemente Program in the Humanities in Harlem, New York City. She is co-editor of Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds and author of A Craving Vacancy: Women and Sexual Love in the British Novel, 1740-1880, also available from NYU Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 U.S. Academics and Third-World Women: Is Ethical Research Possible? 21
2 Scolding Lady Mary Wortley Montagu? The Problematics of Sisterhood in Feminist Criticism 44
3 Louisa Susanna McCord: Spokeswoman of the Master Class in Antebellum South Carolina 62
4 Womanism Revisited: Women and the (Ab)use of Power in The Color Purple 88
5 Mixed Blood Women: The Dynamic of Women's Relations in the Novels of Louise Erdrich and Leslie Silko 106
6 Mothers and Sisters: The Family Romance of Antislavery Women Writers 125
7 True Crimes of Motherhood: Mother-Daughter Incest, Multiple Personality Disorder, and the True Crime Novel 142
8 Equality, Oppression, and Abortion: Women Who Oppose Abortion Rights in the Name of Feminism 159
9 The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives: Notes toward a Research Project 189
10 Women at Odds: Biblical Paradigms 209
11 Post-Feminist and Anti-Woman: The Revolutionary Republican Women in France, 1793-1794 225
12 The Burden of Mythic Identity: Russian Women at Odds with Themselves 242
13 The Wonderful-Terrible Bitch Figure in Harlequin Novels 269
14 The Problem of Speaking for Others 285
15 Feminism Meets Post-Communism: The Case of the United Germany 310
16 Rehabilitating Mary Crawford: Mansfield Park and the Relief of "Throwing Ridicule" 328
17 Lost in Space between "Center" and "Margin": Some Thoughts on Lesbian-Feminist Discourse, Bisexual Women, and Speculative Fiction 343
18 In the Zone of Ambivalence: A Journal of Competition 358
Contributors 393
Index 399
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