Feminist Theory and Cultural Studies: Stories of Unsettled Relations

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Feminist theory is a central strand of cultural studies. This book explores the history of feminist cultural studies from the early work of Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, through the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement. It also provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary key approaches, theories and debates of feminist theory within cultural studies, offering a major re-mapping of the field. It will be an essential text for students taking courses ...
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Feminist theory is a central strand of cultural studies. This book explores the history of feminist cultural studies from the early work of Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, through the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement. It also provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary key approaches, theories and debates of feminist theory within cultural studies, offering a major re-mapping of the field. It will be an essential text for students taking courses within both cultural studies and women's studies departments.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780340718971
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2001
  • Series: Cultural Studies in Practice Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
1 Introduction: Telling stories: feminism and cultural studies 1
2 Thinking back through our mothers: writing as a woman and the politics of culture 16
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and the rights of woman 17
Women and economics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) 20
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): writing as women write 27
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986): the personal and the philosophical 33
3 The 1970s: 'A new consciousness among women' 44
USA: from activism to theory 47
USA: feminism in the academy 53
'Mass communication' 54
Britain: theory and activism 56
The Birmingham CCCS 61
Women take issue 65
4 'Unsettled relations': psychoanalysis, feminism and cultural studies 71
Juliet Mitchell: psychoanalysis and feminism 74
Elizabeth Wilson: questioning the 'new orthodoxy' 77
Jacqueline Rose: a subjectivity at odds with itself 79
Visual pleasures? 82
Recognizing ourselves 85
In dreams ... 88
Structuring desire 90
Telling a different story 94
5 Ethnographic turns 98
Feminist 'ethnography' 101
Feminist audience research 104
Discourse and everyday life 112
Gendered play 115
Rethinking class and gender 119
The politics of interpretation 122
6 Identity shopping: women and consumer culture 126
Women and consumption 126
Style as resistance 129
Enemies of glamour 133
Consumer culture and modernity 136
The rise of shopping 138
The rational consumer 140
Fashioning the subject 144
Fans and stars 147
7 Technologies of the body 155
(Re)Discovering the body 159
The body in representation 164
The disciplined body 166
Rebellious bodies 172
Sexing Foucault 174
Cyborg bodies 176
Embodied knowledge 181
8 Conclusion: Narratives of displacement 184
The moving subject 186
Gender and genre 188
Feminism's exclusions 192
Heroes and heroines 195
Bibliography 199
Subject index 219
Name index 227
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