A (Working) Bibliography of Women's Theory & Informational Texts

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It hasn't happened yet, but I know it will. Someone's going to ask me, "What books should I read if I want to become well-educated on this topic of women's studies, women's issues, feminism, etc. It's an important question, and one that I want to try to answer with a print-outable list of texts for you to look at. If you know of a text that is left off of this list, by all means, drop me an email and I will check it out.
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Feminisms. Sandra Kemp and Judith Squires, Editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1997.

This text provides the introductions, and crucial chapters/essays to get you a broad basis in feminist thought, from the early part of the "second wave" to today. Read this text, then go out and read the ones that grab you in their full text versions.


Full Length Texts:

Allison, Dorothy. Skin : Talking About Sex, Class & Literature. New York: Firebrand Books, 1994.

Bordo, Susan. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. University of California Press, 1995.

Brown, Gillian. Domestic Individualism: Imaging of Self in Nineteenth-Century America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Burt, Sandra & Lorraine Code. Changing Methods: Feminists Transforming Practice. Broadview Press, 1995.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble. Routledge Kegan & Paul, 1990.

Cixous, Helene. The Helene Cixous Reader. Editors, Susan Sellers, Jaccques Derrida . New York: Routledge, 1994.

Cixous, Helene and Catherine Clement The Newly Born Woman. Minneapolis: Minnesota Press, 1993.

Cornell, Drucilla. The Imaginary Domain: Abortion, Pornography & Sexual Harassment . NY: Routledge,1995.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. Rpt. Vintage, 1989.

Douglas, Ann. The Feminization of American Culture. New York: Anchor Books, 1977.

Donovan, Josephine. Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism. New York: Continuum, 1990.

Findlen, Barbara. Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation. Seattle: Seal Press, 1995.

Frye, Marilyn. The Politics of Reality. Freedom: The Crossing Press, 1983.

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century. Vol. 2: Sexchanges. New Haven: Yale UP, 1989.

---. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination. New Haven: Yale U P, 1979.

Gilligan, Carol. In A Different Voice. Harvard UPress, 1993.

hooks, bell. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. Boston: South End Press, 1984.

---. Outlaw Culture. NY: Routeledge, 1994.

Humm, Maggie. Modern Feminisms: Political, Literary, Cultural. Columbia University Press, 1992.

Irigaray, Luce. The Irigaray Reader. by Luce Irigaray, Margaret Whitford (Editor), David Macey (Translator). Blackwell Publishers. 1991.

Jardine, Alice. Gynesis. Cornell, UPresss, 1986.

Jayawardena, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Zed Books Ltd., 1986.

Le Guin, Ursula K. Dancing at the Edge of the World : Thoughts on Words, Women, Places . Grove Press. 1997.

Lodge, David, ed. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. London: Longman, 1988.

Miller, Nancy K. Getting Personal : Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiographical Acts. NY: Routledge. 1991.

Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. New York: Routledge, 1985.

Paglia, Camille. Sexual Personae : Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Vintage Books, 1991.

---. Vamps and Tramps : New Essays. Vintage Books, 1994.

Robinson, Lillian. "Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon." Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature. ed. David H. Richter. Boston: Bedford, 1994.

Russ, Joanna. How to Suppress Women's Writing . Austin: U of Texas Press. 1983.

Showalter, Elaine. A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists From Bronte to Lessing. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1977.

---. Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty The Spivak Reader : Selected Works of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Editors Donna Landry, Gerald MacLean. NY: Routledge. 1995.

Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York 1789-1860. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Starhawk. Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987.

Tompkins, Jane. Sensational Designs: the Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790- 1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Wittig, Monique. The Straight Mind: And Other Essays. Boston: Beacon, 1992.

Wollstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Women. Rpt. WW Norton & Co., 1988.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. NY: Harcourt Brace. 1989.

Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. New York: Harcourt Brace. 1963.


Benhabib, Seyla. "The Generalized and Concrete Other"
Cvetkovich, Ann. "Sexual Trauma/Queer Memory"
Davidoff, Leonore. "Gender, Class and Nation." History Today 42 (Feb 1992): 49-53.
Irigaray, Luce. "The Sex Which is Not One" and "When the Goods Get Together"
Minh-ha, Trinh T. "Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism"
Oliver, Kelly. "Save the Mother" and "The Ethics of Intersubjectivity"
Showalter, Elaine."Killing the Angel in the House: The Autonomy of Women Writers." The Antioch Review 50 (1992): 207-20.
Spivak, Gayatri. "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
Suleri, Sara. "Women Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition"

last update: July 18, 2000

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