Talking Gender: Public Images, Personal Journeys, and Political Critiques

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Talking Gender assesses the state of women's studies in the 1990s. The contributors write from the perspective of their own academic disciplines and experiences, but they also address more general issues of women's lives and circumstances. The result is a broad picture of women's studies and feminist scholarship, which emerge as a rich, if sometimes dissonant, chorus of voices. These original essays cover a range of topics and a variety of times and places: images of women inherited from Roman oratory, visual ...

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Overview

Talking Gender assesses the state of women's studies in the 1990s. The contributors write from the perspective of their own academic disciplines and experiences, but they also address more general issues of women's lives and circumstances. The result is a broad picture of women's studies and feminist scholarship, which emerge as a rich, if sometimes dissonant, chorus of voices. These original essays cover a range of topics and a variety of times and places: images of women inherited from Roman oratory, visual images from cultures of trauma; verbal imagery in today's pornography debates; political and social identities in the state of Israel; boundaries between private and public lives of African American women leaders; voices and audiences of African American women writers; stereotypes of HIV-positive women; what women's studies can teach men about themselves; and the place of women in global industry. The introduction and conclusion place the collection within the context of historical debates in women's studies and suggest some new directions for the field. The contributors: Cynthia Enloe (Clark University) Sara M. Evans (University of Minnesota) Kathy E. Ferguson (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) Karla F. C. Holloway (Duke University) Michael S. Kimmel (SUNY-Stony Brook) Mandy Merck (London) Barbara Ogur (Cambridge Neighborhood Health Centers) Amy Richlin (University of Southern California) Kristine Stiles (Duke University) Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University).

Originally published in 1996.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition — UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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"Talking Gender is a broadly available and compelling anthology offering an unusual range and a surprisingly clear focus. These personally engaged, powerful, and moving essays testify to the fact that feminist social and cultural analysis is alive and well in the mid-nineties—a relief for some of us who might be worried."—Marianne G. Hirsch, Dartmouth College

"A model of its kind, Talking Gender breaks new ground while enhancing arguments with which we are familiar. It may well emerge as one of the key books marking feminist scholarship at the end of the twentieth century."—Temma Kaplan, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845974
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Hewitt is professor of history at Duke University.

Jean O'Barr was the founding director of women's studies at Duke, holding the Margaret Taylor Smith Directorship, the first endowed Directorship in the US. She is now a Distinguished University Service Professor.

Nancy Rosebaugh is program coordinator for women's studies at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How Putting the Man in Roman Put the Roman in Romance
Amy Richlin
Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations from Cultures of Trauma
Kristine Stiles
MacKinnon's Dog: Antiporn's Canine Conditioning
Mandy Merck
Writing "Kibbutz Journal": Borders, Voices, and the Traffic In Between
Kathy E. Ferguson
Private Lives, Public Personae: A Look at Early Twentieth-Century African American Clubwomen
Deborah Gray White
Classroom Fictions: My Tongue Is in My Friend's Mouth
Karla F. C. Holloway
Smothering in Stereotypes: HIV-Positive Women
Barbara Ogur
Men and Women's Studies: Premises, Perils, and Promise
Michael S. Kimmel
Feminists Try On the Post-Cold War Sneaker
Cynthia Enloe
Afterword
Sara M. Evans
Notes on the Contributors
Index

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