Women's Studies

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Desiring Emancipation

Uses historical case studies to illuminate women’s claims to emancipation and to sexual subjectivity during the tumultuous Wilhelmine and Weimar periods in Germany.

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition

Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

Feminist Figure Girl

Analyzes the author’s transformation from academic to figure competitor.

Living on Your Own

An ethnography of young, single women struggling to live independently in South Korea.

Taking Risks

Explores activist scholarship in relation to feminism and social movements in the Americas.

Uncoupling American Empire

A cultural studies consideration of marriage and those considered “deviant” in the nineteenth-century American imagination.

Beyond Explicit

Develops a novel characterization of the pornographic as a cultural concept.

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Reveals a remarkable woman’s life and her contributions to social justice movements related to Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Brings the insights of Integral Theory to the consideration of sex, gender, and sexuality.

Shaping Gender Policy in Turkey

Timely analysis of the ways in which women grassroots activists, the European Union, and the Turkish state are involved in shaping gender policies in Turkey.

A Human Necklace

By Moira Ferguson
Subjects: Literature

Argues that Paule Marshall’s work collectively constitutes a multigenerational saga of the African diaspora across centuries and continents.

L Is for Lion

A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her. The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.

The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave

Explores Black women writers’ treatment of the ancestor figure.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Casual Affairs

Follows the life and career of Sally Benson, acclaimed writer of New Yorker fiction and Hollywood screenplays.

College Girl

The inspirational memoir of a woman who survived a brutal sexual assault and went on to become a university professor.

Seeking the Beloved Community

Selected essays on radical social change.

Passionate Commitments

A story of two twentieth-century American women whose love for each other fueled their work to create an egalitarian world.

Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood

Provides a model for queering motherhood that resists racist, neoliberal, and hetero- or homonormative ideals of “good” mothering.

Zines in Third Space

Develops third-space theory by engaging with zines produced by feminists and queers of color.

Imagining Russia

A bold work of feminist international relations that contributes to our understanding of the gendered, racialized, and heteronormative dynamics of U.S. foreign policy, both in relations with Russia and in the invasion of Iraq.

Changing Women, Changing Nation

Analyzes the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives since 1980.

Standing in the Intersection

Unpacks the myriad ways rhetorical and communication theories and feminist intersectional approaches impact one another.

Body as Evidence

Analyzes how race and gender intersect in the rhetoric and imagery of popular culture in the early twenty-first century

Structural Violence

Challenges the notions that “violence against women” is synonymous with “domestic violence” and that violence affects all women equally

Fashion Talks

Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Deleuze and Guattari's Immanent Ethics

Explains how the work of Deleuze and Guattari speaks to feminism and other progressive movements.

Faithful to the Task at Hand

The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education

Making Globalization Work for Women

Explores the potential for trade unions to defend the socioeconomic rights of women.

Thinking with Irigaray

An interdisciplinary and contemporary response to Irigaray’s work.

Performing Sex

A candid and provocative critique of women’s sexual liberation in America.

Transnationalism Reversed

Examines transnational movement building through a focus on acid attacks and organizing against acid violence in Bangladesh.

Keeping House

Food and its preparation play an integral role in this novel of a young Italian woman struggling to find her own identity in a family of strong personalities and colorful figures.

Feminism's New Age

By Karlyn Crowley
Subjects: Philosophy

Explores the relationship between feminism and New Age Culture.

Black Womanist Leadership

Collection of Black women’s stories that show how leadership values are transmitted from mothers to daughters

Detecting Women

Ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009.

Razor Wire Women

Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences.

Body Shots

Combining the analytical tools of cinema studies with insights from clinical practice focused on eating disorders, Body Shots offers a compelling case for widespread media literacy to combat the effects of the “eating disordered culture” represented in Hollywood productions and popular images of celebrity life.

Something Akin to Freedom

Examines why African American women would choose conditions of bondage over individual freedom.

Women's Spiritual Leadership in Africa

Inspiring portraits of contemporary African women leaders.

Displaced at Home

Edited by Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh & Isis Nusair
Foreword by Lila Abu-Lughod
Subjects: Area Studies

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.

Convergences

Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy in dialogue.

Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline, Second Edition

New edition of Aihwa Ong’s classic ethnographic study of Malay women factory workers.

Imagining Black Womanhood

Examines how Black girls and women negotiate and resist dominant stereotypes in the context of an Afrocentric youth organization for at-risk girls in the Bay Area.

Disciplining Women

An interdisciplinary look Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first historically Black sorority.

Who Should Be First?

Feminists speak out on race and gender in the 2008 Presidential campaign.

The Making of a Family Saga

By Jin Feng
Subjects: Education

Looks at China’s Ginling College, the women’s missionary institution of higher learning that developed a discourse of family, recasting the Chinese Confucian family ideal as a female and Christian one.

Embodied Shame

Examines how twentieth-century women writers depict female bodily shame and trauma.

African Americans Doing Feminism

African American women and men share their stories of how feminism has influenced their daily lives.

Carolee Schneemann

Over forty works spanning the career of pioneering painter, filmmaker, writer, and performance/installation artist Carolee Schneemann.

Ideologies of Forgetting

First book to study rape and sexual abuse of Vietnamese women by U. S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Governing the Female Body

A feminist and Foucauldian analysis of a variety of emerging gendered discourses.

Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis

Investigates the theory and practice of transnational feminist approaches to scholarship and activism.

My Life at the Gym

Edited by Jo Malin
Subjects: Gender And Sexuality

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts

Critical edition of three women’s oral slave narratives.

Women Writers of the Provincetown Players

Edited by Judith E. Barlow
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

Thirteen short plays by women that were originally produced by the Provincetown Players.

Motherhood Misconceived

First collection of essays on cinematic motherhood.

Womanist Forefathers

Traces a lineage of pro-feminist black men to two early radical proponents of female equality.

The Suffering Will Not Be Televised

Explores how the suffering of African American women has been minimized and obscured in U.S. culture.

The Specter of Sex

Genealogy of the formation of race and gender hierarchies in the U.S.

Reform and Resistance

Explores the relationship between gender and identity in early medieval Germanic societies.

Naked Lives

Looks at the experience of being an exotic dancer in different kinds of strip clubs.

Go, Tell Michelle

Expanded audiobook edition of the widely praised collection of letters to Michelle Obama by African American women

Breaking into the All-Male Club

Women professors of educational administration share their personal stories of being female firsts.

Toward a Political Philosophy of Race

Examines how liberal society enables racism and other forms of discrimination.

Where We Find Ourselves

Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.

The Signifying Body

Applies the ideas of Heidegger, Irigaray, and Fanon to literature and film.

Imagining Law

Essays consider Drucilla Cornell’s contributions to philosophy, political theory, and legal studies.

Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage

Explores ideas on women and sexuality presented in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Resilience

First collection of essays by queer scholars with working-class backgrounds.

The Oprah Affect

Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

Feminist Mothering

Essays explore a wide range of contemporary feminist mothering practices.

Thought Knows No Sex

Grounded in student experiences at nineteenth-century Alfred University, this social history explores the origins of women’s higher education and the rural roots of reform.

A Spiritual Life

Includes new and updated material, as well as a readers’ guide with questions for writing and discussion groups.

The Other Daughters of the Revolution

Presents two of the earliest autobiographies of American women.

Confucianism and Women

Challenges accepted beliefs that Confucianism is a cause of women’s oppression and explores Confucianism as an ethical system compatible with gender parity.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4

Fourth volume of biographies of African American women community leaders, focusing this time on Oklahoma.

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire

Classic history of Ancient Ethiopia, as researched and written by a heralded African American woman activist.

Returning to Irigaray

Leading scholars examine the relation between Irigaray’s early writings and her later, more political work.

Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life

This first-of-its-kind volume bridges Chicana/Latina feminist perspectives with education and offers innovative ideas on teaching and learning, and ways of knowing.

Black Feminist Voices in Politics

Studies black feminist approaches to political science and African American women as political actors.

Through the Reading Glass

Argues that women's relationship to books and their promotion of reading contributed greatly to the cultural and intellectual vitality of the Enlightenment.

Tainted Milk

An in-depth analysis of infant nourishment issues, focusing on environmentally contaminated breastmilk.

Women's Space

Art historical and literary perspectives on the place of women in the medieval church.

The Birth of the Khalsa

A feminist reconsideration of Sikh identity, discussing its original egalitarianism and current hypermasculine quality, which is harmful to both men and women.

Feminist Sport Studies

Uses personal narratives to highlight the development of feminist sport studies.

Women and Children First

A critique of public policy rhetoric from multiple feminist perspectives.

Women on the Verge of Home

Edited by Bilinda Straight
Foreword by Ruth Behar
Subjects: Gender And Sexuality

Interrogates the comfortable and stable contours of "home," asking what it means to women in different social, class, sexual, ethnic, and racial contexts in different times and places.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3

Third volume of biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Latin American Women On/In Stages

Compares plays by Latin American women dramatists born after 1945.

Amending the Abject Body

Examines the implications and meanings of the makeover and aesthetic surgery industry in American popular culture.

Girls' Violence

A critical look at the perceived increase in girls' violence from a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives.

The Position of Women in Islam

Argues that Islamic law does not accord a lesser status to women and elaborates Muslim women's rights in a variety of areas.

The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History

Explores how a pivotal event in U.S. history—the killing of nearly 300 Shoshoni men, women, and children in 1863—has been contested, forgotten, and remembered.

Toni Morrison and Motherhood

Traces Morrison's theory of African American mothering as it is articulated in her novels, essays, speeches, and interviews.

The Language of Battered Women

Shows how battered women's personal theologies help them survive and heal, despite the women's knowledge that religion may also have contributed to their oppression.

Beyond the Margins

Incorporates memoir in the context of philosophical and political theory and argument.

Joining the Sisterhood

Essays and poems that offer insight into what it means to be a young Jewish woman today.