Women of Color: Defining the Issues, Hearing the Voices / Edition 1

Women of Color: Defining the Issues, Hearing the Voices / Edition 1

by Diane Long Hoeveler
     
 

Beginning in the late 1960s, women's studies scholars worked to introduce courses on the history, literature, and philosophies of women. While these initial efforts were rather general, women's studies programs have started to give increasing amounts of attention to the special concerns of women of color. The topic itself is politically charged, and there is

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Beginning in the late 1960s, women's studies scholars worked to introduce courses on the history, literature, and philosophies of women. While these initial efforts were rather general, women's studies programs have started to give increasing amounts of attention to the special concerns of women of color. The topic itself is politically charged, and there is growing awareness that the issues facing women of color are diverse and complex. Expert contributors offer chapters on the major concerns facing women of color in the modern world, particularly in the United States and Latin America.

Each chapter treats one or more groups of women who have been underrepresented in women's studies scholarship or have had their experiences misinterpreted, including African Americans, Latina Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. Women of Color includes chapters on theories related to race, gender, and identity. One section provides discussions of literature by women of color, including works by such authors as Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston. The book also focuses on the place of women of color in higher education, including chapters on women of color and the women's studies curriculum, and the role of librarians in shaping women's studies programs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313314148
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2001
Series:
Contributions in Women's Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

DIANE LONG HOEVELER is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at Marquette University. She has published numerous books, and her articles have appeared in such journals as Studies in Short Fiction, 19th-century Literature, and Essays in Literature.

JANET K. BOLES is Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, where she teaches courses on the politics of race, gender, and ethnicity and on women in American politics. Her previous books include The Egalitarian City (Praeger, 1985).

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
ITheoretical Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Identity7
1Defining Differences: Feminism, Race, Theory, and Identity Politics in the Academy9
2The Uses of Silence: Notes on the "Will to Unsay"21
3Women Networking with Their Neighbors: The Universal Thread of Civic Activism45
4Bearing Subaltern Witness: Rigoberta Menchu's Testimonio and Our Human Identity57
5Standpoint Epistemology and Women of Color69
IIRaising and Listening to Our Voices81
6Ethical Authority and Women Writers of Color83
7Postcolonial Daughters: Nairobi, Beijing and Paule Marshall109
8Like Words for Pain/Like Water for Chocolate: Mouths, Wombs, and the Mexican Woman's Novel121
9Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Experimentation in the Autobiographical Writings of Cherrie Moraga and Maxine Hong Kingston133
10Growing Up Desperately: The Adolescent "Other" in the Novels of Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Michelle Cliff147
11The Theater of the New World (B)Orders: Performing Cultural Criticism with Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pana and Anna Deavere Smith159
IIIPraxis175
12Curriculum Reform, Women's Studies, and Women of Color177
13Librarians and Women's Studies Programs191
Bibliography201
Index209
Contributors215

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