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Overview

In the past two decades, feminist scholars have produced an abundance of theoretical writing in humanities and social science disciplines. The result is a body of work that is extraordinarily rich, and hard to keep up with. This revised and updated second edition of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory, most definitely does justice to a subject that has, in the past, been extremely difficult for professors to teach. This timely reader is creatively edited, and contains insightful introductory material. It illuminates the historical development of feminist theory as well as the current state of the field. Emphasizing common themes and interests in the humanities and social sciences, the editors have chosen topics that remain relevant to current debates, reflect the interests of a diverse community of thinkers, and have been central to feminist theory in many disciplines.The contributors include leading figures from the fields of psychology, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, art history, law, and economics. This is the ideal text for any advanced course on interdisciplinary feminist theory, one that fills a long-standing gap in feminist pedagogy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813387055
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1994
  • Pages: 483

Meet the Author

Anne C. Herrmann is associate professor of English and Women146s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Dialogic and Difference: "An/Other Woman" in Virginia Woolf and Christa Wolf and Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances, as well as many other papers on women in literature and cultural theory. Abigail J. Stewart is professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She is the author of many articles on the psychology of women, and she co-edited the volume Women's Untold Stories with Mary Romero.

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Table of Contents

Credits
Acknowledgments
Reading Feminist Theories: Collaborating Across Disciplines
1 What Is Feminism? 5
2 The Combahee River Collective Statement 26
3 From a Long Line of Vendidas: Chicanas and Feminism 34
4 Gender and the Meaning of Difference: Postmodernism and Psychology 49
5 Fragments of a Fashionable Discourse 77
6 Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? 93
7 Bias in Psychology 117
8 Relating to Privilege: Seduction and Rejection in the Subordination of White Women and Women of Color 136
9 Split Affinities: The Case of Interracial Rape 155
10 The Family as the Locus of Gender, Class, and Political Struggle: The Example of Housework 171
11 On Being the Object of Property 198
12 The Medical Construction of Gender: Case Management of Intersexed Infants 218
13 Spare Parts: The Surgical Construction of Gender 238
14 Sexuality 257
15 The Politics of Writing (the) Body: Ecriture Feminine 288
16 Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females 301
17 Lesbian Identity and Autobiographical Difference[s] 316
18 Thinking from the Perspective of Lesbian Lives 343
19 Deconstructing Equality-Versus-Difference: or, The Uses of Poststructuralist Theory for Feminism 358
20 Colonialism and Modernity: Feminist Re-presentations of Women in Non-Western Societies 372
21 Woman Is an Island: Femininity and Colonization 382
22 Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reproduction 401
23 A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century 424
24 Feminism, Postmodernism, and Gender Skepticism 458
About the Book and Editors 483
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