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Exclusions in Feminist Thought

Challenging the Boundaries of Womanhood

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What does feminism mean at the millennium? Can we say that such a thing as a women’s movement exists anymore, and, if so, in what form? Why are so few women willing to identify as feminist; are we really post-feminism, or do we still need a woman-centered political discourse? And what might a feminist theory and practice capable of addressing the aspirations of all women look like? These are the fundamental questions about women’s needs, experiences, and ideas explored in this volume.

This powerful and empowering volume challenges conventional notions about differences of race, class and sexuality among women, bringing critical insights from the fields of anthropology, cultural and ethnic studies, history, sociology, and literary studies.

Examined in this collection are many aspects of exclusion in feminist thought, including women's use of masculinist theory, the processes of tokenism and erasure prevalent in educational institutions, and the status of women in erotic discourse.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-902210-63-6
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: September 2002
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Introduction by Mary Brewer

Part I Feminism in the Academy: Making Room for Different Subjects
1 Practicing Difference Differently: Cyborg Consciousness and Political Practice
Julia Balén

2 Ivory Towers and Guardians of the Word: Language and Discourse in the Academy
Susan Jackson

3 TransForm/ando Women's Studies: Latina Theory Re-Imagines América
Margaret A. Villanueva

Part II Representation and Resistance
4 Violating the Seal of Race: The Politics of (Post)Identity and the Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy
Mary Brewer

5 (Post)Colonial (Dis)orders: Female Embodiment as Chaos in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine
Melissa Chinchillo

6 "See, I've got my tit out!": Women's Performance Art and Punk Rock
Kathleen Iudicello

7 Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Voice of Abjection
Doreen Piano

Part III Challenging Universalism in Feminist Theory and Practice

8 Theorizing Feminisms: Breast Cancer Narratives and Reconstructed "Women"
Alyssa O'Brien

9 Aboriginal Women and the Canadian Women's Movement
Angela Slaughter

10 Where Metaphor Meets Materiality: The Spatialized Subject and the Limits of Locational Feminism
Rebecca Walsh

Part IV Finding a Different Voice

11 Feminism and the Aesthetic
Bella Adams

12 Bodily Transactions: Jean Genet in the Feminist Debate
Liz Barry

13 "Doing" Judith: Race, Mixed Race and Performativity
Michele Hunter

14 Mary Wollstonecraft: Feminist, Lesbian or Transgendered?
Ashley Tauchert

The Contributors Index

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