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for publication on this page are welcome, see our Call for Contributions.
of Feminist Theory Books
- Reviews published
in online journals (mostly PostModern Culture).
in Philosophy Gallery
- Images of women philosophers
and theorists - slow loading, be patient.
Agony of Feminism: Why Feminist Theory Is Necessary After All
- Essay by Nina Baym,
Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, U. Illinois "Feminist
theory's main point--that no coherent definition of that crucial feminist
term woman underlay our diverse undertakings--was undoubtedly correct.
But feminist theory's obsessive complaints over, alternately, the dearth
or surplus of concepts of woman in our work seemed to reanimate the disabling
essentialism that our practical feminism had hoped to escape."
Balsamo - An Interview
- on the occasion of
her presentation, "Cyberflesh: World Wide White Wash" on 28 April 1997.
" My project, whether it has been body building or cosmetic surgery
or the Web itself, has been trying to investigate how these technologies
have been taken up and the way in which they work and the way they function
- Nancy Tuana's overview of the "dominant approaches to feminist philosophy
in the U.S." in the Stanford Encyclopedia of
Philosophy with additional
essays Analytic Feminism, Contential Feminism, Pragmatist Feminism, Feminist
Approaches to the Intersection of Pragmatism and Continental Philosophy
and Feminist Approaches to the Intersection of Analytic and Continental
- Association for Feminist Ethics and
Social Theory (FEAST)
to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft
- frp, tje Abstract:
If liberal theory is to move forward, it must take the political nature
of family relations seriously. The beginnings of such a liberalism appear
in Mary Wollstonecraft's work." --Ruth
Kol: A Feminist House of Study
- "...we use the methodologies
of feminist criticism to examine the integration of women into the many
aspects of Jewish life."
Sophisticated Constructivism: A Critical Assessment
This paper aims to investigate whether and in what respects the conceptions
of the body and of agency that Judith Butler develops in Bodies That
Matter are useful contributions to feminist theory. The discussion focuses
on the clarification and critical assessment of the arguments Butler
presents to refute the charges of linguistic monism and determinism." --Veronica
and Technologies: Dora, Neuromancer, and Strategies
of Resistance" [U Iowa only]
- Wendy Wahl writes
in PostModern Culture, January, 1993 about the failure of resistance
to technologies of the early twentieth century
- Chandra Mohanty
and the Technology of Gender
- By Ingrid Hoofd, Utrecht University, 1997. "The general aim of this
paper will be to explain the idea of the technology of gender and especially
as how it is appropiated by Teresa De Lauretis and Chandra Talpade Mohanty
in respectively 'The Technology of Gender' and 'Under Western
Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses'."
Dissonance: Should Twentieth-century Women Composers be Grouped with
Foucault's Mad Criminals?
- Rosemary N. Killam in Music Theory Online Vol. 3.2 (1997). "This
article considers recent books on twentieth-century music by Lester (1989),
Kostka (1990), Straus (1990), and Morgan (1991) and their exclusion of
women composers' scores. Three hypotheses for this exclusion are proposed,
based on writings of Margolis and Foucault, and recent history in academic
areas of theory and composition."
McClary: Narrative, Feminine Sexuality, and Feminism in Susan McClary's Feminine
- Elizabeth Sayrs, The Ohio State University.
Published by the College Music Society in
College Music Symposium 33/34(1993/1994): 41-55. "Susan McClary
declares her book, Feminine Endings, to be the first work explicitly dedicated
to a feminist critique of music, especially as it functions in the traditional
academic disciplines of musicology and music theory. … I will focus
on the interaction and tension between McClary's work and other feminist
theories, including those she acknowledges and those she does not, especially
in relation to her theory of narrative, and the issues of feminine/masculine
sexuality and authority."
A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies
- Tables of Contents
and selected full texts from each issue. Published by Indiana University
to full text [U. Iowa only]
- Ecofeminist Philosophy
- Annotated links and texts
Fox Keller: A Bibliography
- Compiled by Eddie
Yeghiayan for the UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource.
against `the feminine'
- Stella Sandford in the January/February issue of Radical Philosophy "
Since the 1960s, English-language feminisms, in so far as they are distinctive,
have centrally either presupposed or explicitly theorized the category
of gender, for which there is no linguistic equivalent in French."
- or, How Feminism Rewrites the History of "Great Men" - By Cynthia
Freeland, University of Huston. Originally a lecture at San Jacinto Community
College, South Campus, in 1996, revised
and Metaphysics: Negotiating the Natural
- Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT. In the
Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, ed., M. Fricker and J. Hornsby.
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 107-126.) (pdf)
- Feminists as Invisible
Dramaturgs: A Case Study of Terry Galloway's Lardo
- by Donna Marie Nudd, in Liminalities: A Journal
of Performance, V2, N2
- 2004 entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by Anne
Bioethics: Toward Developing a "Feminist" Answer to the Surrogate Motherhood
Question (Access through Project Muse with UIowa ID)
- Rosemarie Tong, writing
in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 6.1 (1996) argues that "bioethicists
should work toward developing the kind of shared theoretical base that
will foster frequent consensus on the biomedical principles, practices,
and policies most likely to serve the interests of most women in the U.S.
part of Project Muse, Johns Hopkins University Press - may be available
only to subscribing institutions.
Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
- entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by Elizabeth
Anderson, University of Michigan. First published 2000, revised November,
- 2003 entry by Rosemarie Tong in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Feminist Film
- A 1996 draft by Cynthia A. Freeland for the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
History of Philosophy
- 2000 entry by Charlotte Witt in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Perspectives on Class and Work
- 2004 entry by Ann Ferguson in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Feminist Perspectives
on the Self
- 2004 entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by Diana Meyers
Perspectives on Reproduction and the Family
- 2004 entry by Debra Satz in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Feminist Research Processes: Practices, Issues, Debates
- A special issue of
Sociological Research Online a British peer-reviewed online journal.
This thematic issue is compiled from previous issues but no dates are
given for individual articles.
Feminist Studies in Aotearoa
- FMST (Feminist Studies
in Aotearoa Electronic Journal) is produced by and for those interested
in feminist theory, feminist perspectives in philosophy, and contemporary
feminist debates, publications and research. FMST operates from New Zealand.
Feminist Theory articles by Allan Hunter
- Same Closet, Different
Door: A Heterosexual Sissy's Coming-out Party - Sexual Objectification
and Visual Aspects of Sexuality - The Radical Feminist Perspective in
(and/or on) the Field of Sociology (a metatheoretical excursion) - Missing
in Action: Radical Feminism and/or Poststructuralist Feminism the Academy
'86: Feminism, Orthodoxy, and Deviance - Rhythms, Predictability, and Order.
Theory Bibliography - Core List
- Developed by by Beth
Sibley for the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Feminist Theory and Feminist Jurisprudence
- Sections on Violence,
Legal Texts, Biographies of Prominent Women Lawyers and Judges and more
compiled and maintained by Kim Dayton at the University of Kansas.
Theory, Power and Knowledge
- A study guide for students at Deakin University's School of Social Inquiry
written by Renate Klein and Bronwyn Winter. Sections: Introduction,
Theory and knowledge,
The diversity of feminist theory,
Feminist theories of power,
The practice of power,
Resistance, visions and strategies for change.
Feminist Theory File Collection from WMST-L
- Dated 1993 - A Compilation
of Messages from WMST-L Subscribers in response to this request: "Does
anyone have handy, at her or his fingertips, a few references for articles
defending feminists "doing theory" from the attacks against theory (esp.
poststructuralist theory and what's perceived as its "elitism," "density," "androcentrism,"
Feminist Theory Website
- Kristin Switala is
producing this set of pages with the following categories: History of US
Feminism, Various Fields within Feminism, Different Ethnic and National
Feminisms and Individual Feminists.
Feminist and Womanist Criticism
- Excerpts from the
chapter "Feminist and Womanist Criticism" in the book The Postmodernist
Bible, which lays out "Postmodern feminism's contribution to the ongoing
feminist critique of the Bible, literature, and religious ideology."
Genders? Future Races?
- Sally Haslanger, Department
of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT. In Philosophic
Exchange 34 (2003-4):
To be reprinted in, Moral Issues in Global Perspective, 2nd edition,
ed., Christine Koggel. (Broadview Press, forthcoming 2005). "To describe
someone by their race and gender is not simply to describe their appearance,
but to situate them in a framework of meaning and indicate the social norms
that govern our interactions."
Body and the Sacred: Heterosexual Hegemony as a Sacred Order
- Sari Charpentier in
Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power. "...I will claim that
the overall maintenance of the heteronormative order itself, as it appears
in the writings that oppose same-sex marriages and adoptions, may be understood
as religious, since a heterosexual gender system is produced in these
texts as a sacred order."
and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be?
- Sally Haslanger, Department
of Linguistics and Philosophy Massachusetts Institute of Technology "By
far the best, most theoretically sophisticated available article-length
reference, online or in text, on the concept of race. It stands
out for clearly distinguishing the many different uses and corresponding
definitions of race, and also for the comparisons it makes with the concept
A shorter version of this paper is forthcoming in Nous." --Elizabeth
S. Anderson, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan
The Future of Sexual Difference: An Interview with Judith Butler and Drucilla
Cornell [uiowa.edu only]
- Conducted by Pheng
Cheah and Elizabeth Grosz, in Diacritics 28.1 (1998) 19-42.
How Feminism Is Re-writing the Philosophical Canon - Charlotte Witt
- The Alfred P. Stiernotte
Memorial Lecture in Philosophy at Quinnipiac College, October 2, 1996.
- Hypatia (Access
through Project Muse - UIowa ID required)
- "Hypatia is the only journal for scholarly research at the intersection
of philosophy and women's studies and is a leader in reclaiming the work
of women philosophers."
Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
- "Our goals are to develop
a more inclusive theory of bioethics encompassing the standpoints and experiences
of women and other marginalized social groups, to examine presuppositions
embedded in the dominant bioethical discourse that privilege those already
empowered, and to create new methodologies and strategies responsive to
the disparate conditions of women's lives across the globe."
and the Political Future of Sexual Difference [uiowa.edu
or other subscribing institution only]
- The Spring, 1998 issue
of Diacritics dedicated to Irigaray. Special
Editors: Pheng Cheah and Elizabeth Grosz.
- Journal of Feminist Studies
- "This page gives
an introduction to Judith Butler and the arguments put forward in her 1990
book Gender Trouble."
- Judith Butler
- Her faculty page at the European Graduate School where, in addition to
her position at UC Berkeley, she is the Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy
in Saas-fee Switzerland. Includes a bibliography of Butler's works.
- Judith Butler
- Compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan - UC Irvine Libraries
Feminism and Science? [
uiowa.edu or other subscribing institution only]
- Evelyn Fox Keller,
in Configurations 6.1 (1998) 15-19. Subjects: Luce Irigaray,
Feminist theory and the political aspects of sex differences. [U. Iowa
readers should put in their U.I. number without dashes or spaces to gain
- International Journal
for Philosophy, Feminist Theory and Cultural Hermeneutics.
Bodies in the Age of (Post)Mechanical Reproduction
- Cathy Griggers, "Lesbian
Bodies in the Age of (Post)Mechanical Reproduction" PostModern Culture
Daly - Social Attitudes Towards Women
- One of two essays published in The Dictionary of the History of
Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas, edited by Philip P. Wiener,
was published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, in 1973-74. See also:
Hope, and Charity"
feminism, race, transnationalism
- "a new feminist, interdisciplinary journal whose goal is to provide
a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women
of color in U.S. and international contexts. The journal is a collaborative
venture of Smith College and Wesleyan University and is published twice
a year by Indiana University Press.
Philosopher: A Conversation with with Rosi Braidotti
- In this interview
with Kathleen O'Grady, Rosi Braidotti discusses her recent work at the
intersection of feminist and environmental activism, the central role
of feminism in the redefinition of philosphy, the polemics between continental
and anglo-American feminist discourses, and the development of women studies
programs in Western Europe and North America.
See Also: "Cyberfeminism
with a difference" by Rosi Braidotti
Being Objective and Being Objectified
- Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT. In A
Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity, 2nd edition.
Edited by Louise M. Antony and Charlotte E. Witt. (Boulder, CO: Westview
Press, 2002), pp. 209-253
Originally published in the 1st edition, (c) 1993.
and Silence: An Interview with Susan Griffin
- Susan Griffin and
discusses pornography with Karla Tonella in this 1981 radio progam for
KPFA, Pacifica Radio, Berkeley, CA. Susan also reads from her book, Pornography
and Silence: Culture's Revenge Against Nature.
Professor of Parody
- Martha Nussbaum writes a highly critical summation of Butler's writing
in February 22, 1999 issue of The
New Republic: "What precisely does Butler offer when she counsels
subversion? She tells us to engage in parodic performances, but she warns
us that the dream of escaping altogether from the oppressive structures
is just a dream: it is within the oppressive structures that we must
find little spaces for resistance, and this resistance cannot hope to
change the overall situation. And here lies a dangerous quietism. ."
as a Cause of Rape by Diana E.H. Russell
- "This version of "Pornography
As a Cause of Rape" has been excerpted from my book, Against Pornography:
The Evidence of Harm." --D. Russell
and Cyberspace: Performing the Digital Body
- A special issue of
Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, edited
by Stacy Horn and Theresa M. Senft. "Our book uses an arsenal of techniques
-- first-person narrative, substantial online experience, feminist, queer
and postcolonial theories -- in order to address the latest intersections
of identity, sexuality, and the Internet."
- Social Dramas and
Cultural Performances: All the President’s Women
- by Elizabeth Bell in Liminalities: A journal of performance studies,
V2 N1, 2006. "This essay [about “Monica and Bill” websites
these cultural performances for their perpetuation of hegemonic masculinity
and rescue of heternormativity through the President’s women—Monica
Lewinsky and Hillary Rodham Clinton."
for Women in Philosophy
- In addition to SWIP
membership and listserv information, this site contains syllabi, bibliographies,
articles, calls for papers and other resources. Created and maintained
by Cynthia Freeland, U of Houston.
was Then: This is Now: Ex-Changing the Phallus
- Lynda Hart, Dept.
of English, U of Penn. in PostModern Culture, September, 1993.
Theology of Sacrifice and the Non-Ordination of Women
- Mary T. Condren Th.D. , Director, Institute for Feminism and Religion;
Research Associate, Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College,
and Postmodernity: A Conversation with Linda Hutcheon
- One of the most respected
and renown of Canada's theorists provides lucid and succinct analyses of
the most slippery of topics -- parody, irony, aesthetics. An interview
by Kathleen O'Grady, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
an Interrogation of Escort Prostitution
- Tessa Dora Addison
and Audrey Extavasia, "Fucking (With Theory) for Money: Toward an Interrogation
of Escort Prostitution" PostModern Culture May, 1992.
- Using Early
Cinema in Reassessing Feminist Theory
- Ingred hoofd, Utrecht University, 1996. "The aim of this paper therefore
will be to outline the theories with which traditional feminist film theory
is working, to discuss the disadvantages that come with it and - most importantly
- to show how thinking about early cinema can challenge these very preconceptions
of traditional feminist film criticism."
of the Shuttle: Gender Studies Page
- Women's studies and
feminist theory links with an emphasis on theory and multicultural sources.
is feminist phenomenology? Thinking birth philosophically
- Article by Johanna Oksala in the July/August 2004 issue of Radical Philosophy
" Does the study of experiences, such as being pregnant or giving
birth, which are traditionally understood as feminist issues and relegated
to the margins of phenomenology, not change the phenomenological project
in any fundamental way?."
Are We Talking About? The Semantics and Politics of Social Kinds
- Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT. Hypatia
20:4 (Fall 2005):10-26. Theorists “analyzing” the concepts
of race and gender disagree over whether the terms refer to natural kinds,
social kinds, or nothing at all. The question arises what we mean by the
terms, and it is usually assumed that ordinary intuitions of native speakers
are definitive. I argue that contemporary semantic externalism can usefully
combine with insights from Foucauldian genealogy to challenge mainstream
methods of analysis and lend credibility to social constructionist projects.
Knowledge Is and What it Ought to Be: Feminist Values and Normative Epistemology
- Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT. from Philoaophical
Perspectives, Epistemology, 1999.
- Womanist Theory and Research
- A journal of womanist and feminist-of-color scholarship and art. "Published
by the Womanist Studies Consortium at The University of Georgia, Womanist
Theory and Research is a biannual, peer-edited, interdisciplinary, intercultural,
international journal on women of color."
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