Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor

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Overview

With sharp wit and keen insight, Bonnie J. Morris opens new perspectives on the gender and generation gaps on campus, exploring the negative stereotypes that keep many students from taking women's studies courses. Since 1993, the George Washington University history professor has travelled the globe with her one-woman play, "Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor", engaging audiences from New Zealand to New York in a frank conversation about the backlash against feminism and women's studies. This book presents scenes from the original play along with reflections on changing views of gender and sexuality in American society, politics, and popular culture. The result is part memoir, part history of our times, and part critique of higher education.
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Editorial Reviews

History News Network

"Although generally buoyant and jovial in tone, Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor addresses serious problems, including sexism in academia, violence against women, and the unceasing backlash against feminism and women's studies in both the academic community and the population at large. Based on her own and her students' actual experiences, Dr. Morris's examination of such concerns is as revealing as it is insightful." —History News Network

H-Net Reviews

"Professor Morris's book, like her play (and indeed her career), seeks to educate as wide an audience as possible about the nature and value of women's studies while using humor to both expose and mitigate the sting of the backlash.... Based on her own and her students' actual experiences, Dr. Morris's examination of such concerns is as revealing as it is insightful." —H-Net Reviews, August 2009

Carolyn Gage

"Nowhere have I read the kind of front-line reporting that Bonnie J. Morris foregrounds in her book: the verbatim ongoing insults, challenges, and accusations. This kind of personal testimony puts a human face on the backlash, bringing history to life." —Carolyn Gage, playwright, performer, director, and activist

Sandra M. Gilbert

"Bonnie Morris's book is a wise and witty read—eloquent, passionate, lucidly organized, and wide-ranging. The subject—women's studies and the vexing backlash against the field—is crucially important not only in the academy but for general audiences as well. Morris gives all the issues the intense attention they deserve." —Sandra M. Gilbert, co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

From the Publisher
"Bonnie Morris's book is a wise and witty read—eloquent, passionate, lucidly organized, and wide-ranging. The subject—women's studies and the vexing backlash against the field—is crucially important not only in the academy but for general audiences as well. Morris gives all the issues the intense attention they deserve." —Sandra M. Gilbert, co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

"Nowhere have I read the kind of front-line reporting that Bonnie J. Morris foregrounds in her book: the verbatim ongoing insults, challenges, and accusations. This kind of personal testimony puts a human face on the backlash, bringing history to life." —Carolyn Gage, playwright, performer, director, and activist

"Professor Morris's book, like her play (and indeed her career), seeks to educate as wide an audience as possible about the nature and value of women's studies while using humor to both expose and mitigate the sting of the backlash.... Based on her own and her students' actual experiences, Dr. Morris's examination of such concerns is as revealing as it is insightful." —H-Net Reviews, August 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253220622
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 961,641
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie J. Morris is a scholar, teacher, writer, and performer. Her six books include Eden Built by Eves, Girl Reel, and Lubavitcher Women in America. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: So, What Do You Do for a Living? 3

1 Scene One, 1973: Mv First Women's Studies Class 11

2 Scene Two, 1983: Your're Gening a Ph.D. in What? 23

3 Scene Three, 1986: Exams and Evaluations 35

4 Scene Four, 1987: Can I Talk to You in Privatep 55

5 Scene Five, 1989: Do We Have to Have So Much Women's History? 65

6 Scene Six, 1990: Driving a U-Haul to Harvard 77

7 Scene Seven, 1992: Fear of the Word Woman 89

8 Scene Eight, 1993: Teaching Where Hell Freezes Over 99

9 Scene Nine, 1993: Women's Studies Goes Global 109

10 Scene Ten, 1995: Educating President Clinton 123

Conclusion: Mainstreaming Women's Studies in America 137

Bibliography 157

Index 165

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