Changing Our Minds

Feminist Transformations of Knowledge

Edited by Susan H. Aiken, Karen Anderson, Myra Dinnerstein, and Judy N. Temple

Subjects: Women's Studies
Paperback : 9780887066191, 171 pages, December 1987
Hardcover : 9780887066184, 171 pages, March 1988

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Table of contents

About the Editors




Chapter 1. From Silence to Voice: Reflections on Feminism in Political Theory
Lawrence A. Scaff

Chapter 2. Becoming Discourse: Eudora Welty's "Petrified Man"
Patrick O'Donnell

Chapter 3. New Visions, New Methods: The Mainstreaming Experience in Retrospect
Leslie A. Hemming

Chapter 4. Gender Implications of the Traditional Academic Conception of the Political
Doug McAdam

Chapter 5. Mainstreaming and the Sociology of Deviance: A Personal Assessment
Gary F. Jensen

Chapter 6. Teaching the Politics of Gender in Literature: Two Proposals for Reform, with a Reading of Hamlet
Jerrold E. Hogle
Chapter 7. Changing Our Minds: The Problematics of Curriculum Integration



What happens when traditionally-trained academics begin to reconsider their disciplines in light of recent feminist scholarship? This book was written by academics outside Women's Studies programs who have changed their minds about the foundations of their disciplines.

The authors share a commitment to explore the cultural construction of gender and the gendered construction of culture. Each chapter simultaneously examines and exemplifies the transformation of knowledge that resulted from their intensive study of feminist scholarship. Taken together, they not only demonstrate some of the range, variety, and intellectual vigor possible in discipline-specific reformulations, but also participate in the kind of trans-disciplinary thinking characteristic of the philosophy of Women's Studies from its inception. In the concluding chapter, the editors consider how efforts to transform traditional ways of knowing are inflected—and infected—by the politics of gender within academics.

At the University of Arizona, Susan Hardy Aiken is Associate Professor of English. Karen Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona. Myra Dinnerstein is Chairperson of Women's Studies at the University of Arizona.