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Displaying books in Women's Studies in order of Title.

Alternative Theater in Taiwan:

Feminist and Intercultural Approaches
Iris Hsin-chun Tuan
ISBN: 9781934043103

"This book is original and forward-looking in its approach." - Sue-Ellen Case, Professor and Chair, Critical Studies, Department of Theater, UCLA Read More..

Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel:

Rereading Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Tamara Wagner
ISBN: 9781604976076

This landmark book provides a critical reconsideration of nineteenth-century women’s writing by exploring the significance of antifeminist representations for literary developments in the century’s second half. It makes an important contribution to the study of Victorian literature and especially of recently rediscovered popular writers. Read More..

Aphra Behn Stages the Social Scene in the Restoration Theatre

Dawn Lewcock
ISBN: 9781604975499

Usually recognised as the first professional woman writer, Aphra Behn (1640–1689) has become a popular subject for academic study. The study considers how Behn has constructed her plays and used their staging to ensure the perceptions and apprehensions she wants from that audience. Read More..

Black Medea:

Adaptations for Modern Plays
Kevin J. Wetmore
ISBN: 9781604978650

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Read More..

Black Women as Custodians of History:

Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing
Paula Sanmartín
ISBN: 9781604978698

This book is an essential addition to the study of comparative black literature of the Americas; it will also fill the gap that exists on theoretical studies exploring black women’s writing from the Spanish Caribbean. This book examines literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in the United States and Cuba by studying the following texts by both African American and Afro-Cuban women from different literary genres. Read More..

Childbirth in a Technocratic Age:

The Documentation of Women’s Expectations and Experiences
Elizabeth Soliday
ISBN: 9781604977981

“A very organized and readable book ... Healthcare providers from various disciplines would likely benefit from reading Elizabeth Soliday’s compassionate book in which she advocates for mothers by emphasizing the many factors, most important of which is patient autonomy, that contribute to maternal satisfaction in the labor and delivery process.” – Archives of Women's Mental Health Read More..

Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture

Megan M. Ferry
ISBN: 9781604979381

This is the first study to analyze the gendered ideologies of Chinese print media and political culture in a single work. It employs media analysis to examine the way paratexts create and reproduce gendered norms, especially through persistent material and discursive mechanisms that framed women authors and their textual production. Read More..

Contemporary Arab American Women Writers:

Hyphenated Identities and Border Crossings
Amal Talaat Abdelrazek
ISBN: 9781934043714

A profound study of how contemporary Arab American women writers who have been marginalized and silenced, especially after 9/11 ... Read More..

The Construction of Femininity in a Postcolonial State:

Girls’ Education in Singapore
Ee Moi Kho
ISBN: 9781604978513

"Kho examines issues of gender equality with a penetrating and critical eye. In this study, she explores the contradictions over time of the goevernment's socialization goals and in the messages they sought to send about what it means to be a female in Singapore. ... Readers interested in the role of schools in constructing ideology, as well as those interested in the development of Singapore, will find this an engaging and well-written book." —Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Read More..

Contemporary Chicana Literature:

(Re)Writing the Maternal Script
Cristina Herrera
ISBN: 9781604978759

Despite the growing literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, studies have exhaustively explored themes of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships in their novels.Mother-daughter relationships have been ignored in much literary criticism, but this book reveals that maternal relationships are crucial to the study of Chicana literature; more precisely, examining maternal relationships provides insight to Chicana writers’ rejection of intersecting power structures that otherwise silence Chicanas and women of color. Read More..

The Demimonde in Japanese Literature:

Sexuality and the Literary Karyûkai
Cynthia Gralla
ISBN: 9781604977288

"The most gracefully and forcefully written study of this most important of Japanese literary toponyms––the demimonde ... Gralla's analytical story of the demimonde in the Japanese imagination becomes, in her writerly hands, a poignant tale of loss and possible recoveries, writ large.” –Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley Read More..

Domestic Violence Law Reform and Women’s Experience in Court:

The Implementation of Feminist Reforms in Civil Proceedings
Rosemary Hunter
ISBN: 9781604975758

This study investigates the ways in which women’s experiences of domestic violence are heard and understood in civil court settings, and examines women’s experiences of telling their stories (or at least attempting to do so) in those settings. Read More..

The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston

Jody Weber
ISBN: 9781604976212

Boston’s regional dance pioneers forged powerful relationships with their community that shaped their broader work in terms of education, choreography, and advocacy. This study of their schools, artistic work, and audience development provides insight into the development of expressive movement both regionally and nationally. An important book for collections in dance history, women’s studies, and regional histories. Read More..

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre (1910s to 2010s)

Lynne Greeley
ISBN: 9781604978834

This comprehensive tome, part of the Cambria Contemporary Global Performing Arts headed by John Clum (Duke University) is an essential addition for theater studies and women's studies. Read More..

Feminism and Global Chineseness:

The Cultural Production of Controversial Women Authors
Aijun Zhu
ISBN: 9781934043127

"This well-crafted book is a feminist production of contemporary controversial women writers in different geopolitical locations...The book demonstrates the author’s solid training in literary criticism and women’s studies, the depth of her critical thinking, and her sophisticated writing skills." - Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review Read More..

The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature:

The Danger and the Sexual Threat
Jennifer Hedgecock
ISBN: 9781604975185

In this well-argued study that is a CHOICE recommended book, the author rejects the stereotypical mid-Victorian femme fatale portrayed by conservative ideologues critiquing popular fiction by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Honoré de Balzac, and William Makepeace Thackeray. Read More..

The Femme Fatale in American Literature

Ghada Sasa
ISBN: 9781604975352

This interesting book examines the representation of female characters in American naturalism and argues that women in American naturalism are often represented as femmes fatales. Read More..

Girls Becoming Teachers:

An Historical Analysis of Western Australian Women Teachers, 1911–1940
Janina Trotman
ISBN: 9781604975864

More recent scholarship has called for the need to investigate the subjective experiences of becoming and being a woman teacher thus creating a greater set of bounded studies which pay close attention to ethnic, class and regional differences as well as instances where women teachers exercised autonomy and resistance. This book challenges the assumption that families and schools unproblematically reproduced prevailing gender regimes. Read More..

Historical Portraits of Women Home Scientists:

The University Of New Zealand, 1911–1947
Tanya Fitzgerald and Jenny Collins
ISBN: 9781604977790

This book offers an historical portrait of the first generations of women home scientists at the University of New Zealand in the early decades of the twentieth century. The lives and careers of early home scientists are traced to understand how these women transcended views that their work was little more than “glorified housekeeping”. Read More..

I Am You (Ana Hiya Anti):

A Novel on Lesbian Desire in the Middle East by Elham Mansour. Translated and Edited with an Introduction by Samar Habib
Elham Mansour / Edited and Translated by Samar Habib
ISBN: 9781604975024

This long-awaited critical translation provides the English reader access to a novel which deals candidly and positively with one of the most important and taboo issues of contemporary Arab society––(homo)sexuality. Read More..

The Impact of Internet Pornography on Married Women:

A Psychodynamic Perspective
Susan Cebulko
ISBN: 9781934043172

One of the first studies daring enough to examine the painful impact of Internet pornography. Read More..

Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men

Cheryl Judice
ISBN: 9781604975772

This book is one of the first published on interracial marriages which focuses specifically on marriages between African American women and Caucasian American men in contemporary America. Read More..

Language and Gender in the Military:

Honorifics, Narrative, and Ideology in Air Force Talk
Edith A. Disler
ISBN: 9781604975383

In this landmark book, the author opens the door to considerations of power, gender dynamics, and language and ideology in a community that has not yet been studied using the techniques of discourse analysis. Read More..

Mahadevi Varma:

Political Essays on Women, Culture, and Nation
Anita Anantharam
ISBN: 9781604976717

This volume of translations of Mahadevi Varma’s feminist political essays is the first of its kind. While there is ample work on Varma in Hindi, scholars of feminism (and students of Hindi who are in the nascent stages of language acquisition) have nowhere to turn for a comprehensive sampling of her work. This book now helps fill the void with contributions from some of the highly regarded experts in the world of Hindi today. Read More..

The Male Empire Under the Female Gaze:

The British Raj and the Memsahib
Susmita Roye and Rajeshwar Mittapalli
ISBN: 9781604978438

This book argues that although the memsahib’s female gaze has been spoken of, it has not been adequately emphasized and examined. Aiming at filling that gap by uncovering the world of British India as seen and shown by white women in colonial as well as postcolonial literatures, this compilation brings together scholarly essays on memsahibs’ literature and Raj writings, including men’s writings about memsahibs, spanning from before India’s independence to the post-Independence period. Read More..

Naguib Mahfouz:

A Western and Eastern Cage of Female Entrapment
Pamela Allegretto-Diiulio
ISBN: 9781934043615

" ... a monumental publication: it represents one of the first important critical studies of Mahfouz’s art—in itself a noteworthy achievement" Read More..

Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance
ISBN: 9781604978728

"A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem ... and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être ... Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” - Gaye Rowley, Waseda University Read More..

Pat Barker and the Mediation of Social Reality

David Waterman
ISBN: 9781604976496

In this critical study, David Waterman examines questions of social representation in all of Pat Barker’s novels, published over the last twenty-five years, from Union Street (1982) to the recent Life Class (2007). This is an important book for scholars interested in contemporary British fiction, women’s writing, and social-psychological approaches to literature. Read More..

Plato on Women:

Revolutionary Ideas for Gender Equality in an Ideal Society
Harald Haarmann
ISBN: 9781604979183

What has been produced up to the present regarding Plato's positions on the agenda of gender are disparate studies whose scope falls short of the whole range of angles from which Plato himself approached the issues, and the study of gender issues in Plato has remained unsystematic so far. In this book, Harald Haarmann provides the first systematic analysis of Plato's positions on gender and the role of women in an ideal society. Read More..

Sacred Display:

Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia
Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604976748

Winner of Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology! "This book illustrates well the powerful synergies that are so often generated within world history scholarship by collaboration between specialists in different regions and different scholarly disciplines ... learned a lot from this book’s extensive catalogue." – Journal of World History Read More..

Seductions in Narrative:

Subjectivity and Desire in the Works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson
Gemma López
ISBN: 9781934043851

"Persuasive and nicely organized ... an accessible read that adds to scholarship on Carter and Winterson and successfully demonstrates how subjectivity, desire, and narrative are indeed interconnected." - Marvels & Tales Read More..

Sexual Health and Bollywood Films:

A culturally based program for South Asian Teenage Girls
Anvita Madan-Bahel
ISBN: 9781934043813

"This work is unique and innovative in many key ways. ... Dr. Madan-Bahel offers a variety of recommendations for practice, research, and policy that will continue to influence the field for years to come." Read More..

The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930–1965:

Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield
Jessica Hope Jordan
ISBN: 9781604976632

"Lavishly illustrated ... Jordan's lively discussion of the commodification of the female body in the service of the classic Hollywood star system will offer less experienced readers genuine insights into the way the system worked and how these women manipulated it to their advantage... Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." - CHOICE Read More..

Sexing Political Culture in the History of France

Alison M. Moore
ISBN: 9781604978223

"Provides an insightful overview of the kind of scholarship of gender and sexuality that has emerged in the last decade, and stands as an invaluable resource for historians." – Canadian Journal of History Read More..

Sexuality and Contemporary Literature

Joel Gwynne and Angelia Poon
ISBN: 9781604978247

As the first critical collection of essays to consider the representation of sexuality across such a wide variety of contemporary writing, Sexuality and Contemporary Literature analytically foregrounds insights into the historical and current arrangements of sexuality that contemporary literature provides, while also inviting the reader to imagine other possibilities for the future that literary texts open up. Read More..

Sex, Love, and Fidelity:

A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships
Kassia R. Wosick
ISBN: 9781604978322

“This is a fascinating investigation of the meaning of ‘love,’ ‘sex,’ and ‘fidelity’ for different kinds of couples. Kassia Wosick reports on ... couples that were straight and gay, monogamous and non-monogamous, traditional and polyamorous. ... The traditional focus on sexual exclusivity does not fit many contemporary relationships. This is a very valuable book for researchers and therapists, and for all of us who care about ‘love,’ ‘sex,’ and ‘faithfulness’.” – Professor Francesca Cancian, University of California, Irvine Read More..

Shirley Hazzard:

Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist
Brigitta Olubas
ISBN: 9781604978049

"As the first book on Hazzard, Olubas’s monograph makes an important contribution to contemporary literary scholarship. Yet the book’s achievement far exceeds its initiatory work ... out of bounds – in the best sense. This book extends far beyond any national, aesthetic, or ideological disciplinary categories. – Contemporary Women’s Writing Read More..

Viking Women:

The Narrative Voice in Woven Tapestries
Lena Norrman
ISBN: 9781604975321

In this groundbreaking book, the author discusses women’s weaving and embroidering and how this craft is contextualized in narratives in circulation, which are passed on from one generation to the next through oral tradition. Read More..

Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India:

Making Place for Rural Development
Pratyusha Basu
ISBN: 9781604976250

"The book has wider implications for development studies ... Basu’s research is critical of broad-brush studies, policies, and programs of international and national development that aim to alleviate poverty with “one-size-fits-all” perspectives and that are not sufficiently attentive to diversity within community cultures and politics or open to multifaceted approaches to sustaining livelihoods." The Professional Geographer Read More..

What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers:

Food, Weight, and Eating Disorders
Renée S. Scott
ISBN: 9781604976403

This book fills a theoretical void because it speaks to an ever-growing interest in Latin American literature about women, food, and the body. This study not only traces for the first time the historical development of the topics of food, eating consumption, and body image but also features well-known authors and others who are yet to be discovered in United States. Read More..

Women’s War Drama in England in the Seventeenth Century

Brenda Liddy
ISBN: 9781604975239

"Liddy’s study of women’s war drama in seventeenth-century England throws light on other female-authored war literature. This is a rewarding work, written in a clear and understandable style, which makes an original contribution to the subject." - Modern Language Review Read More..

Women and Rebel Communities in the Cuban Insurgent Movement, 1952–1959

Linda Klouzal
ISBN: 9781604975253

This rare and important study on the people, groups, and activist regions involved in the Cuban insurrection of the 1950s sheds much-needed light on the localized and social aspects of the struggle––a topic that relatively little has been written on. Read More..

Women’s Reproductive Health in Yemen

T.S. Sunil and Vijayan Pillai
ISBN: 9781604976625

The book examines the reproductive health of women in Yemen. Women’s reproductive health has emerged as an area of concern among development agencies and international agencies such as the United Nations. In addition, the book reveals the previously underappreciated role of abortion in contributing to the first stages of fertility decline. It is an essential book for scholars in demography and population health. Read More..

Women Journalists and Feminism in China, 1898–1937

Yuxin Ma
ISBN: 9781604976601

"A long-awaited contribution to the study of Chinese women’s history … It is the first piece of systematic historical research on the changes and continuities in women’s journalism ... Based on a painstakingly extensive reading of women’s journals, … Ma deserves special credit for her extensive introductions to the different women’s periodicals and her unearthing of previously ignored biographical information on women journalists ... A must read for graduate students and scholars who are interested in Chinese women’s history, print culture, late Qing society, and the history of Republican China." - Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Read More..

Women and the Democratic Party:

The Evolution of EMILY's List
Jamie Pamelia Pimlott
ISBN: 9781604976557

This study is the first examination of the growth and transformation of EMILY’s List from its inception in 1985 through the 2008 election cycle. Relying on interviews with organization staff, founding members, and members of Congress, it illuminates the ways in which the organization’s origin and mission are firmly rooted in the goals and activities of the liberal feminist women’s movement of the 1970s. Read More..

Writing Contemporary Nigeria:

How Sefi Atta Illuminates African Culture and Tradition
Walter Collins
ISBN: 9781604979091

Award-winning writer Sefi Atta’s insights into the roles and treatment of women, neocolonial government structures, patriarchy, 21st-century phenomena such as Nigerian e-mail phishing and the role of geography and place in characters’ lives make her works some of the most indelible offerings across contemporary African fiction. This pioneering premier collection examines Atta’s treatment of various themes. Read More..

 

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