Reading Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity

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bySusan Archer Mann, Ashly Suzanne Patterson

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Reading Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity interweaves classical and contemporary writings from the social sciences and the humanities to represent feminist thought from the late eighteenth century to the present. Editors Susan Archer Mann and Ashly Suzanne Patterson pay close attention to the multiplicity and diversity of feminist voices, visions, and vantage points by race, class, gender, sexuality, and global location. Along with more conventional forms of theorizing, this anthology points to multiplesites of theory production - both inside and outside of the academy - and includes personal narratives, poems, short stories, zines, and even music lyrics. Offering a truly global perspective, the book devotes three chapters and more than thirty readings to the topics of colonialism, imperialism andglobalization. It also provides extensive coverage of third-wave feminism, poststructuralism, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and transnational feminisms.

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Reading Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity interweaves classical and contemporary writings from the social sciences and the humanities to represent feminist thought from the late eighteenth century to the present. Editors Susan Archer Mann and Ashly Suzanne Patterson pay close attention to the multiplicity and diversity ...

Susan Archer Mann is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of New Orleans. She is the author of Doing Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity (OUP, 2012). Ashly Suzanne Patterson is an instructor of Sociology and Feminist Thought at both Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgad...

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionUsing this Text to Navigate Feminist ThoughtUnique Features of this Anthology1. Doing Feminist TheoryIntroduction-Introduction-How Feminists Do Theory and for Whom?-Feminist Epistemologies---Feminist Empiricism---Standpoint Epistemologies---Postmodern Epistemologies---A Postcolonial Response to Western Feminist Epistemological Debates-ConclusionReadingsCheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler: 1. "Woman", "Feminists" and "Feminism" from The Feminist Dictionary (1985)bell hooks: 2. "Theory as Liberatory Practice" from Teaching to Transgress (1994)Sandra Harding: 3. "The Woman Question in Science to the Science Question in Feminism" (1986)Charlotte Bunch: 4. "Not by Degrees: Feminist Theory and Education" (1979)Maria C. Lugones and Elizabeth V. Spelman: 5. "Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism and the Demand for 'The Woman's Voice'" (1983)Jane Flax: 6. "The End of Innocence" (1992)Uma Narayan: 7. "The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist" (1989)SECTION I: MODERN FEMINIST THOUGHT2. Liberal FeminismsIntroduction-Introduction-The "Woman Question" and Enlightenment Thought-The Rise of the U.S. Women's Movement in Early Modernity---The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments-Liberal Feminists on Love, Marriage and Sex in Early Modernity-First Wave Environmental Activism-Winning Suffrage-Advances and Setbacks between the Waves-Liberal Feminisms in Late Modernity-Liberal Psychoanalytic Feminisms-ConclusionReadingsAbigail and John Adams: 8. Selected Letters from the Adams Family Correspondence (1776)Mary Wollstonecraft: 9. "Introduction" to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)Sarah M. Grimke: 10. from Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women (1838)Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 11. "Declaration of Sentiments" from The History of Women's Suffrage (1848)Harriet Taylor Mill: 12. "Enfranchisement of Women" (1851)John Stuart Mill: 13. from The Subjection of Women (1870)Victoria Woodhull: 14. "And the Truth Shall Make You Free": A Speech on the Principles of Social Freedom" (1871)Susan B. Anthony: 15. Speech after Arrest for Illegal Voting (1872)Kate Chopin: 16. "The Story of an Hour" (1894)17. "American Suffragettes" (1896)Jane Addams: 18. "On Municipal Housekeeping" (1907)Virginia Woolf: 19. "Shakespeare's Sister" from Chapters III and VI of A Room of One's Own (1929)Virginia Woolf: 20. "A Room of One's Own" from Chapter I of A Room of One's Own (1929)Margaret Mead: 21. "Sex and Temperament" from Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935)Betty Friedan: 22. "The Problem That Has No Name" from The Feminine Mystique (1963)National Organization for Women: 23. "1966 Statement of Purpose" (1966)Carol Gilligan: 24. from In a Different Voice (1982)3. Radical FeminismsIntroduction-Introduction-The Dialectic of Sex-Lesbianism, Feminist Separatism, and the Woman-Identified-Woman-Mending the Gay/Straight Split in the Second Wave-The "Sex Wars"---Sex as a Realm of Pleasure---Sex as a Realm of Danger-Cultural and Spiritual Ecofeminisms-A Radical Feminist Response to Queer Theory-ConclusionReadingsGertrude Stein: 25. from "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" (1922)Joreen (Jo Freeman): 26. from "The BITCH Manifesto" (1969)27. Redstockings, "Redstockings Manifesto" (1969)Shulamith Firestone: 28. "Revolutionary Demands" from The Dialectic of Sex (1970)Radicalesbians: 29. "The Woman Identified Woman" (1970)Charlotte Bunch: 30. "Lesbians in Revolt" (1972)Robin Morgan: 31. "Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape" (1974)Susan Griffin: 32. "Use" from Woman and Nature: The Roaring inside Her (1978)Carol P. Christ: 33. "Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Political Reflections" (1978)Anais Nin: 34. "Mandra, II" from Little Birds: Erotica (1979)Adrienne Rich: 35. "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" (1980)Gloria Steinem: 36. "If Men Could Menstruate" (1983)Gayle Rubin: 37. "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality" (1984)Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon: 38. "Model Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Ordinance" (1994)Suzanna Danuta Walters: 39. "From Here to Queer: Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Lesbian Menace (Or, Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Fag?)" (1996)4. Marxist, Socialist and Anarchist FeminismsIntroduction-Introduction-The Origins of Women's Oppression-Women's Work in the Home-Class Differences in Women's Lives and Work-Love, Marriage, and Sexual Practices in Early Modernity-Precursors to Ecofeminism in Early Modernity-Marxist, Socialist, and Anarchist Feminisms between the Waves-Women's Work in Late Modernity-Feminist Existential Phenomenology-Psychoanalytic Approaches of the Feminist New Left-Socialist Feminist Standpoint Theories-Marxist, Socialist and Anarchist Ecofeminisms-ConclusionReadingsEmma Lazarus: 40. "The New Colossus" (1883)Friedrich Engels: 41. "Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" (1884)Charlotte Perkins Gilman: 42. from The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)Charlotte Perkins Gilman: 43. from Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution (1898)Mother (Mary) Jones: 44. "Girl Slaves of the Milwaukee Breweries" (1910)Emma Goldman: 45. "The Traffic in Women" from Anarchism and Other Essays (1910)James Oppenheim: 46. "Bread and Roses" (1911)Rose Schneiderman: 47. "We Have Found You Wanting" (1911)Alexandra Kollontai: 48. "Working Woman and Mother" (1914)Crystal Eastman: 49. "Now We Can Begin" from On Women and Revolution (1919)Margaret Sanger: 50. "My Fight for Birth Control" (1920)Tillie Olsen: 51. "I Want You Women up North to Know" (1934)Simone De Beauvoir: 52. "The Married Woman" from The Second Sex (1949)Margaret Benston: 53. "The Political Economy of Women's Liberation" (1969)Nancy Chodorow: 54. "Gender Personality and the Reproduction of Mothering" from The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender (1978)Heidi I. Hartmann: 55. "The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union" (1979)Iris Marion Young: 56. "Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spaciality" (1980)Ynestra King: 57. from "Feminism and the Revolt of Nature" (1981)Dorothy E. Smith: 58. from The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology (1987)Nancy Hartsock: 59. "Foucault on Power: A Theory for Women?" (1990)Donna Haraway: 60. "The Cyborg Manifesto and Fractured Identities" from Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991)5. Intersectionality TheoriesIntroduction-Introduction-Precursors to Intersectional Analyses in Early Modernity-Precursors to Intersectional Analyses between the Waves-This Bridge Called My Back-Simultaneous and Multiple Oppressions-From Margin to Center-Decentering and Difference-U.S. Third World Feminism-The Environmental Justice Movement-Integrating Disability Studies with Intersectionality Theory-ConclusionReadingsSojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree): 61. "Ain't I a Woman?" (1851)Harriet Jacobs: 62. from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)Frederick Douglass: 63. "On Woman Suffrage" (1888)Anna Julia Cooper: 64. "Woman versus the Indian" from A Voice from the South (1892)Ida B. Wells-Barnett: 65. "Lynch Law in America" (1900)Zora Neale Hurston: 66. "Sweat" (1926)Maya Angelou: 67. from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)Combahee River Collective: 68. "A Black Feminist Statement" (1977)Mitsuye Yamada: 69. "Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman" (1981)Chrystos: 70. "I Walk in the History of My People" (1981)Alice Walker: 71. "Womanist" from In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983)Audre Lorde: 72. "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" from Sister/Outsider (1984)Gloria Anzaldua: 73. from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)Kimberle Crenshaw: 74. "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics" (1989)Patricia Hill Collins: 75. from Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (1990)Chela Sandoval: 76. "U.S. Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Differential Oppositional Consciousness" (1991)Angela Y. Davis: 77. "Outcast Mothers and Surrogates: Racism and Reproductive Politics in the Nineties" (1993)Andy Smith: 78. "Ecofeminism through an Anticolonial Framework" (1997)Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: 79. "Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory" (2001)SECTION II: FEMINIST THOUGHT AFTER TAKING THE POSTMODERN TURN6. Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Queer, and Transgender TheoriesIntroduction-Introduction-Challenging Modern Thought-Major Assumptions of Postmodernism and Poststructuralism-Tensions between Foucault and Feminism---Power and Discourse---Modern Techniques of Power---Sex, Sexuality and Deconstructing the "Natural"-Queer Theory-Transgender Theory-ConclusionReadingsMichel Foucault: 80. "Method" Chapter 2 from The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction (1976)Sandra Lee Bartky: 81. "Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power" (1988)Judith Butler: 82. "Imitation and Gender Insubordination" (1991)Susan Bordo: 83. "The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity" (1993)Kate Bornstein: 84. from Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994)Judith Halberstam: 85. "An Introduction to Female Masculinity" from Female Masculinity (1998)Anne Fausto-Sterling: 86. "Should There Be Only Two Sexes?" from Sexing the Body (2000)Riki Wilchins: 87. "A Certain Kind of Freedom: Power and the Truth of Bodies" from Genderqueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (2002)Judith Halberstam: 88. "Queer Temporality and Postmodern Geographies" from In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005)Julia Serano: 89. "Trans Woman Manifesto" (2009)7. Third Wave FeminismsIntroduction-Introduction-Historically Grounding the Third Wave-Tracing the Third Wave's Lineage to Intersectionality Theory-Tracing the Third Wave's Lineage to Poststructuralism and Queer Theory-Third Wave Theory Applications-Solitary Sisterhood?-ConclusionReadings90. Bikini Kill Zine Cover (circa 1991)Rebecca Walker: 91. "Being Real: An Introduction" from To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism (1995)Susan Jane Gilman: 92. "Klaus Barbie, and Other Barbie Dolls I'd Like to See" from Adios, Barbie (1998)Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards: 93. "A Day without Feminism" from Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000)Cathryn Bailey: 94. "Unpacking the Mother/Daughter Baggage: Reassessing Second- and Third-Wave Tensions" (2002)Bushra Rehman and Daisy Hernandez: 95. "Introduction" from Colonize This!: Young Women of Color in Today's Feminism (2002)Julie Bettie: 96. from Women without Class: Girls, Race and Identity (2003)Leslie Heywood and Jennifer Drake: 97. "'It's all about the Benjamins': Economic Determinants of Third Wave Feminism in the United States" (2004)Astrid Henry: 98. "Solitary Sisterhood: Individualism Meets Collectivity in Feminism's Third Wave" (2005)SECTION III: BRIDGING THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL: FEMINIST DISCOURSES ON COLONIALISM, IMPERIALISM AND GLOBALIZATIONIntroduction: Conceptualizing Imperialism and Colonialism8. Feminism and Imperialism in Early ModernityIntroduction-Introduction-U.S. Western Expansion and the "Woman Question"-U.S. Overseas Expansion and the "Woman Question"-Rosa Luxemburg on Imperialism and the "Woman Question"-Anti-War Writings between the Waves-ConclusionReadingsHenry David Thoreau: 99. "Civil Disobedience" (1849)Julia Ward Howe: 100. "Mother's Day Proclamation" (1870)Matilda Joselyn Gage: 101. "Indian Citizenship" (1878)Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton: 102. from The Squatter and the Don (1885)Tekahionwake (Emily Pauline Johnson): 103. "A Cry from an Indian Wife" (1885)Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 104. "On Educated Suffrage" (1897)Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 105. "Petition for the Women of Hawaii" (1889) and Samuel Gompers's Reply on Behalf of the American Federation of Labor (1899)Emma Goldman: 106. from "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty" (1911)Rosa Luxemburg: 107. "Militarism as a Province of Accumulation" from Chapter 32 of The Accumulation of Capital (1913)The International Congress of Women: 108. "Resolutions Adopted" (1915)Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin): 109. from American Indian Stories (1921)Waheenee (Buffalo Bird Woman): 110. from An Indian Girl's Story Told by Herself to Gilbert L. Wilson (1921)Virginia Woolf: 111. from Three Guineas (1938)9. Feminism and Imperialism in Late ModernityIntroduction-Introduction-The Anti-Vietnam War Movement-Modernization Theory and Dependency Theory---Liberal Feminisms Inspired by Modernization Theory---Feminisms Inspired by Dependency Theory-Radical Feminist Global Analyses-Global Feminist Analyses Inspired by Rosa Luxemburg's Work-Feminism and the Military-ConclusionReadingsIrene Tinker: 112. "The Adverse Impact of Development on Women" (1976)Mary Daly: 113. from Gyn/Ecology: The MetaEthics of Radical Feminism (1978)Barbara Ehrenreich and Annette Fuentes: 114. "Life on the Global Assembly Line" (1981)115. Off Our Backs Cover (1983)Robin Morgan: 116. "Introduction, Planetary Feminism: The Politics of the 21st Century" from Sisterhood is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology (1984)Minerva Salado: 117. "Report from Vietnam for International Women's Day" (1985)June Jordan: 118. "Report from the Bahamas" (1985)Maria Mies: 119. from Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour (1986)Vandana Shiva: 120. "Development, Ecology and Women" from Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development (1989)Grace Chang: 121. "The Global Trade in Filipina Workers" from Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire (1997)Cynthia Enloe: 122. "Wielding Masculinity inside Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo: The Globalized Dynamics" (2007)10. Feminism and Imperialism in PostmodernityIntroduction-Introduction-Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms---Decolonizing Feminist Thought---Can the Subaltern Speak?---Diasporas and the Gender Politics of Postcolonial Space---Feminism and Religious Fundamentalisms-Queering Global Analyses-Transnational Feminist Organizing-ConclusionReadingsEdward W. Said: 123. from Orientalism (1978)Chandra Talpade Mohanty: 124 "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses" (1984)Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: 125. "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (1985)Trinh T. Minh-ha: 126. "Infinite Layers/Third World?" (1989)Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan: 127. "Postmodernism and Transnational Feminist Practices" from Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (1994Fourth World Conference on Women: 128. "Beijing Declaration" (1995)Uma Narayan: 129. "Introduction" to Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third World Feminism (1997)Greta Gaard: 130. "Erotophobia and the Colonization of Queer(s)/Nature" (1997)Ella Shohat: 131. "After the Metanarratives of Liberation" from Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (2001)Lila Abu-Lughod: 132. "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and its Others" (2002)Alison Symington: 133. "From Tragedy and Injustice to Rights and Empowerment: Accountability in the Economic Realm" (2005)Jyotsna Agnihotri Gupta: 134. "Towards Transnational Feminisms" (2006)Skye Brannon: 135. "Fireweed" (2009)GlossaryReferences

Editorial Reviews

"The inclusion of Foucault, and of selections from economic, ecofeminist, political, and postcolonial writings, makes this work more up to date than the competition." --Kelly Pemberton, George Washington University