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Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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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, hard to keep up with, and extremely difficult to teach.With the appearance of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the first genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory, teachers will finally have a volume that does justice to their topic....

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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, hard to keep up with, and extremely difficult to teach.With the appearance of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the first genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory, teachers will finally have a volume that does justice to their topic. Creatively edited, with insightful introductory material, this timely reader 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 those topics that have been central to feminist theory in many disciplines, that remain relevant to current debates, and that reflect the interests of a diverse community of thinkers.The contributors include leading figures from 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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This revision of a reader that overviews 20 years of feminist scholarship reflects less preoccupation with masculine bias in traditional disciplines and greater security about internal debates. Twenty-two selections from 1983-97 confront the themes of inventing gender; sex, sexuality, and gender; gender, race, and class; and postmodern questioning of feminisms. The book is not indexed. Herrmann and Stewart are at the U. of Michigan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813387062
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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
Reading Feminist Theories: Collaborating Across Disciplines
1 What Is Feminism?
2 The Combahee River Collective Statement
3 From a Long Line of Vendidas: Chicanas and Feminism
4 Anti-Anti-Identity Politics: Feminism, Democracy, and the Complexities of Citizenship
5 Gender and the Meaning of Difference: Postmodernism and Psychology
6 Romance in the Age of Electronics: Harlequin Enterprises
7 The Medical Construction of Gender: Case Management of Intersexed Infants
8 The Politics of Androgyny in Japan: Sexuality and Subversion in the Theater and Beyond
9 Notes Toward a Feminist Peace Politics
10 Making It Perfectly Queer
11 Sex Equality: On Difference and Dominance
12 Deconstructing Equality-Versus-Difference: or, The Uses of Poststructuralist Theory for Feminism
13 On Being the Object of Property
14 Gender, Race, Raza
15 Feminism and Difference: The Perils of Writing as a Woman on Women in Algeria
16 Violence in the Other Country: China as Crisis, Spectacle, and Woman
17 From High Heels to Swathed Bodies
18 Hegemonic Relations and Gender Resistance: The New Veiling as Accommodating Protest in Cairo
19 Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reproduction
20 Dissident Citizenship: Democratic Theory, Political Courage, and Activist Women
21 Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine
22 African and Western Feminisms: World-Traveling the Tendencies and Possibilities
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