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

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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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Editorial Reviews

US scholars of English, history, women's studies, and other disciplines tackle a number of issues relating to African Americans, Latinas, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. A unifying theme is that contemporary life is a border-crossing, a mixing of races and classes that has led to the complexities of life in America for both Anglo women and women of color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313314148
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2001
  • Series: Contributions in Women's Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Theoretical Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Identity 7
1 Defining Differences: Feminism, Race, Theory, and Identity Politics in the Academy 9
2 The Uses of Silence: Notes on the "Will to Unsay" 21
3 Women Networking with Their Neighbors: The Universal Thread of Civic Activism 45
4 Bearing Subaltern Witness: Rigoberta Menchu's Testimonio and Our Human Identity 57
5 Standpoint Epistemology and Women of Color 69
II Raising and Listening to Our Voices 81
6 Ethical Authority and Women Writers of Color 83
7 Postcolonial Daughters: Nairobi, Beijing and Paule Marshall 109
8 Like Words for Pain/Like Water for Chocolate: Mouths, Wombs, and the Mexican Woman's Novel 121
9 Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Experimentation in the Autobiographical Writings of Cherrie Moraga and Maxine Hong Kingston 133
10 Growing Up Desperately: The Adolescent "Other" in the Novels of Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Michelle Cliff 147
11 The Theater of the New World (B)Orders: Performing Cultural Criticism with Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pana and Anna Deavere Smith 159
III Praxis 175
12 Curriculum Reform, Women's Studies, and Women of Color 177
13 Librarians and Women's Studies Programs 191
Bibliography 201
Index 209
Contributors 215
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