This book is an accessible introductory to Women's Studies. It is divided into interdisciplinary sections covering key aspects and major debates, centering on four main areas: The Social Organization of Gender Relations; The Cultural Representation of Women; Gender and Social Identity; Women and Political Change.
Tess Cosslett is Senior Lecturer in English at Lancaster University. She lectures on fairytales on the Part One Women's Studies course, and teaches a module on women's auto/biography as part of the Women's Studies MA. She has written on female friendship in Victorian fiction, and on the representation of childbirth. Her most recent book is Women Writing Childbirth (1994). She also writes poems.
Alison Easton has taught at Lancaster since 1973 and is now Senior Lecturer in English. She specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and women's writing, and is author of The Making of the Hawthorne Subject (1996). She was Co-Director of Lancaster's Centre for Women's Studies 1991-94, and first convenor of the introductory Women's Studies course.
Penny Summerfield is Professor of Women's History at Lancaster University. She was Director and then Co-Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at Lancaster from 1989 to 1994. She teaches courses on women's history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has published extensively on British women and World War Two, notably Women Workers in the Second World War (1989), and also on the history of schooling and gender identities.
Table of Contents
Part one: The social organization of gender relations
Women, "the family" and families Romantic love and power Paid work in women's lives continuity and change The gendering of educational organizations The church egality or patriarchy? Women in Buddhism revisited
Part two: The cultural representation of women
Fairytales revising the tradition Reframing resistance the representation of women in the visual arts Autobiography, gender and race Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' Women in film Scarlett O'Hara and Orlando "This is Your Life!" Religious representations of women Constructions of women and/in the Orient
Part three: Gender and social identity
Motherhood and identity Gender values and identity Carol Gilligan's work on women's moral development Sexual constructions and lesbian identity Femininity, sexuality and identity in law Racism and feminism white women, power and resistance Community and resistance Muslim women in contemporary societies
Part four: Women and political change
The women's movement in Britain from the 1860s to the 1980s Feminist activism continuity and change They do not dance alone the women's movement in Latin America Women and political power in Britain in the 1990s Ecofeminism and the invaluable tool of despair-and-empowerment work Notes on Contributors Index.
Women, Power and Resistance by Tess Cosslett
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