These twenty autobiographical essays by eminent feminist
literary critics explore the process by which women scholars became
feminist scholars, articulating the connections between the
personal and political in their lives and work. They describe the
experiences that radicalised women within academia and without, as
students, professors, scholars, political activists, women. From
these diverse histories a collective history emerges of the
development of feminism as an intellectual and social movement, as
a heuristic tool, as the redefinition of knowledge and power.
This book presents a history of the field through the eyes of
those who have created it. Offering a spectrum of experiences and
critical positions that engage with current debates in feminism, it
will be valuable to teachers and students of feminist theory,
women's studies, and the history of the women's movement. It will
interest female writers and scholars in all disciplines and anyone
who cares about feminism and its future.