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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
Full Length Texts:
Allison, Dorothy. Skin
: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature. New York: Firebrand
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,
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,
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.
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,
Culture. NY: Routeledge, 1994.
Humm, Maggie. Modern
Feminisms: Political, Literary, Cultural. Columbia University
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,
Paglia, Camille. Sexual
Personae : Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.
Vintage Books, 1991.
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.
Showalter, Elaine. A
Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists From Bronte
to Lessing. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1977.
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.
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
Showalter, Elaine."Killing the Angel in the House: The Autonomy
of Women Writers." The Antioch Review 50 (1992):
Spivak, Gayatri. "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
Suleri, Sara. "Women Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial