Of all the writing that emerged from the existentialist movement, Simone de Beauvoir's groundbreaking study of women will probably have the most extensive and enduring impact. It is at once a work of anthropology and sociology, of biology and psychoanalysis, from the pen of a writer and novelist of penetrating imaginative power. THE SECOND SEX stands, four decades after its first appearance, as the first landmark in the modern feminist upsurge that has transformed perceptions of the social relationship of man and womankind in our time.
Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Mary Wollstonecraft wrote Vindication of the Rights of Woman in response to public debate and discussion about the education of women. She argues that women should be educated according to their station, and that they could be more than mere wives to their husbands and educators to their children. The text is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy.
Ever since feminist theory introduced the distinction between sex and gender, the question of what it means to be a woman has preoccupied feminist thought. In Gender Trouble Judith Butler questions whether it is possible to "be" a woman at all or, for that matter, any gender.
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Publication Date: 1999-12-07
In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought,Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. The result is a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought.
This Bridge Called My Back by Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor); Cherríe Moraga (Editor)
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan; Anna Quindlen (Afterword by); Gail Collins (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Landmark, groundbreaking, classic--these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of "the problem that has no name": the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women's confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th-anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.
This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy.
Emerging Intersections by Bonnie Thornton Dill (Contribution by, Editor); Ann Tickamyer (Contribution by); Victoria-Maria MacDonald (Contribution by); Tiffany Manuel (Contribution by); Avis Jones-Deweever (Contribution by); Sanford Schram (Contribution by); Linda Faye Williams (Contribution by); Ruth Enid Zambrana (Contribution by, Editor); Patricia Collins (Contribution by); L. Janelle Dance (Contribution by); Lorrie Ann Frasure (Contribution by); Mary Gatta (Contribution by); Debra Henderson (Contribution by); Amy McLaughlin (Contribution by); Elizabeth Higginbotham (Contribution by)
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The United States is known as a "melting pot" yet this mix tends to be volatile and contributes to a long history of oppression, racism, and bigotry. Emerging Intersections, an anthology of ten previously unpublished essays, looks at the problems of inequality and oppression from new angles and promotes intersectionality as an interpretive tool that can be utilized to better understand the ways in which race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other dimensions of difference shape our lives today. The book showcases innovative contributions that expand our understanding of how inequality affects people of color, demonstrates the ways public policies reinforce existing systems of inequality, and shows how research and teaching using an intersectional perspective compels scholars to become agents of change within institutions. By offering practical applications for using intersectional knowledge, Emerging Intersections will help bring us one step closer to achieving positive institutional change and social justice.
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay--adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now--and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Feminist Theory Reader by Carole McCann
Publication Date: 2009-07-20
Feminist Theory Reader,second edition, continues its unique approach of anthologizing the important works of feminist theory within a multiracial transnational framework. Classic works in feminist theory by scholars such as Simone De Beauvoir, Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Butler, belle hooks, Nancy Hartsock, Deniz Kandiyoti,and Chandra Talpade Mohanty appear alongside cutting-edge scholarship by Paula Moya, Aiwha Ong, Raewyn Connell, Suzanne Walters, Mrinalina Sinha, and Rhacel Parreñas. The new edition significantly updates both the local and global perspectives that distinguished the first edition, incorporating themes and debates on the rise in the contemporary feminist scholarship.