Subject Area: Women & Feminist Studies

African Women and Politics
2005 0-7734-6065-9
This study analyzes the interplay of modern and traditional influences and constraints on African women’s access to political power. It identifies knowledge as central to the exercise of political power in Cameroon since pre-colonial times. It uses case studies of women’s organizations and protest movements to trace the processes by which women were incorporated intro national political parties.

African-Born Women Faculty in the United States: Lives in Contradiction
2008 0-7734-5114-5
This study, underpinned by Black feminist thought, African feminism, and critical race theory, investigates the lived experiences of African-born female professors in the United States. The findings reveal similar themes found in the literature on other Black and foreign women, but also offer new perspectives on racialization, double discrimination, difference, citizenship, and scholarship.

American Women Philosophers, 1650-1930. Six Exemplary Thinkers
1993 0-7734-9266-6
This text introduces six American women (Anne Bradstreet, Mercy Otis Warren, Mary Whiton Calkins, Judith Sargent Murray, Frances Wright, and Ednah Dow Cheney), and discusses their works as philosophy. This anthology presents a number of works never reprinted and difficult to locate. The works are of interdisciplinary interest: philosophy, feminist philosophy, women's studies, political science, and history.

Anglo - German Correspondence of Vernon Lee and Irene Forbes-Mosse During World War I: Women Writers' Friendship Transcending Enemy Lines
2014 0-7734-4313-4
This recently discovered cache of letters, skillfully and devotedly edited by Sieberg and Zorn, provides us with new insight into the powerful story of the enduring friendship of two women writers from enemy nations and their intellectual yet heartfelt correspondence, describing the events and challenges of The Great War from a clearly women’s perspective, outside the confines of the suppressive public sphere of censorship and propaganda.

Anna Ella Carroll (1815-1893), American Political Writer of Maryland
1993 0-7734-9244-5
Biographical sketch and edited writings of Anna Ella Carroll, a politically active woman, usually a Republican, who was the architect of Lincoln's military plan to cut the CSA in half, and was the author of Lincoln's War Powers of the President.

Autobiographical Progression in the Writings of Christa Wolf: Nachdenken Über Christa T. (1968), Kindheitsmuster (1976), and Ein Tag ?m Jahr (2003)
2011 0-7734-1541-6
This work examines Wolf’s significance as a female writer and her tendency towards autobiographical writing.

Azerbaijani Women Poet-Minstrels: Women ashiqs From the Eighteenth Century to the Present
2008 0-7734-4990-6
This work examines women ashiqs and their poetry, contextualizing their lives and works within discussions of the history, music, poetics, and social importance of the ashiq in Azerbaijan. Theoretical concerns addressed include the interplay of oral and written literature, discourse of national and transnational identities, dynamics of cooperation and resistance in the Soviet Union, the interplay of tradition and innovation in folklore, and gender roles in Azerbaijani society. This book contains sixteen black and white photographs and twelve color photographs.

Beatrice Webb (1858-1943) - The Socialist with a Sociological Imagination
1998 0-7734-8312-8
This volume captures the sociological imagination of Beatrice Webb by enlarging upon two of her most notable contributions. First, she applied the scientific method of observation, experiment, hypothesis, and verification to the study of social problems. Second, an outgrowth of the first contribution, she, along with her husband Sidney Webb, turned government into a science in the interest of furthering socialist doctrine to combat social problems. This book will interest scholars in historical sociology, the sociology of knowledge, sociological theory, political sociology, and gender roles.

Bilingual Edition of Fray Luis De León's La Perfecta Casada the Role of Married Women in Sixteenth-Century Spain
1999 0-7734-8178-8
This bilingual edition makes accessible to readers who have little or no knowledge of Spanish an important work on the role of women in marriage, while at the same time enabling readers of Spanish to further their understanding of Fray Luis de León's work which embodies an essentially Christian view of marriage in which the role of men, women, and family are very clearly defined, providing an interesting insight into the world-view of a past age.

Body Texts in the Novels of Angela Carter: Writing From a Corporeagraphic Point of View
2008 0-7734-4892-6
This study fills a major gap of Carter’s reception and enters into dialogue with current post-semiotical theories of the embodied subject by virtue of focusing on the dynamics of the meaning-in-process concomitant with the subject-in-process (Kristeva 1985) and the body-in-process. Through a corporeal narratological method—a close-reading interfacing of semioticized bodies in the text and of the somatized text on the body—I decipher how the ideologically disciplined, normativized-neutralized, ‘cultural’ body and its repressed yet haunting transgressive, corporeal, material ‘reality’ (are) (de)compose(d by) the Carterian fiction’s destabilizing discursive subversions and vibrations surfacing in narrative blind-spots, overwritings, textual ruptures or rhetorical manoeuvres.

Candlewood and Codfish Bones
2004 0-7734-3574-3
Fascinating are the tales of the bravery and heartiness of the women of Old Cape Cod. Many were descendants of the original pilgrims, but much courage was still required of women, usually very young, who dared set out on a sea journey from the old country to the new, whether persons of means or indentured servants; and once there, to live much of the time with their men away at sea, perhaps never to return. These poems try to recreate the daily struggles and hardships of these women, but also their joys and levity, in such a manner as may have been expressed in 18th century New England.

Career of Dona Ines De Suarez, the First European Woman in Chile Conquistadora
2000 0-7734-7739-X


Catholic Feminism and the Social Question in Chile, 1910-1917
2003 0-7734-6623-1


Challenges of Women’s Activism and Human Rights in Africa
2000 0-7734-7885-X
This study contains essays written by activists and scholars from a wide range of fields who have conducted research or been involved on a grassroots level in an effort to advance women’s human rights.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Short Stories as Social Criticism: Conflicts and Contradictions of a Nineteenth-Century Author
2010 0-7734-3761-4
This study offers an investigation of a selection of Gilman’s short stories in the light of her assertion that women do not have to give up love or work in order to succeed in life. Yet, as this study proves, the problem with this ideology is that although ‘both’ embodies two elements – love and work, there are in fact three factors operating within the equation – marriage, motherhood, and professional life.

Clarissa Von Ranke Letters and the Ranke-Graves Correspondence 1843-1886
2012 0-7734-2617-5
The edition of the letters will fit into the growing interest in the Irish in Europe and it will provide new information on the role and influence of educated Irish women; it will also fill an important gap in the area of women’s history by presenting one of the most amazing women in international relationships and an extraordinary ambassador for Anglo-Irish culture in Germany: Clarissa von Ranke (1808-1871). Scholars will have access to eyewitness reports through Clarissa’s critical lens of events as diverse as the European Revolution of 1848/49, the wars of German Unification in 1864 and 1866 and the Franco-Prussian war of 1870/71. In her letters Clarissa discussed family matters, Ranke’s historical writing, and European affairs. She built up a social circle, known as the ‘Salon Ranke’ where Enlightenment thought met Romanticism. Although the salon was dominated by conservative thought, several ‘revolutionary’ opinions of that time were discussed: the position of women, the role of religion in a changing society, international cultural exchange and nation-building of different states. This salon was well-known for its musical parties, poetry classes, and discussions on literature (especially Shakespeare), politics and history. Clarissa also gave classes in various languages including French, Italian and English.

Class Conflict and Class Coalition in the California Woman Suffrage Movement, 1907-1912. The San Francisco Wage Earners' Suffrage League
1992 0-7734-9845-1
Chronicles the brief existence of the League, describing the situation of San Francisco's female work force and unions, the historical circumstances which produced the WESL'S union activists, the split between union and reform suffragists, and WESL's history as an organization and contribution to the 1911 victorious campaign for woman suffrage.

Clergywomen in the Church of England: A Psychological Study
2008 0-7734-4948-5
A unique study of clergywomen in the Church of England, this work represents a benchmark for charting the similarities and differences between the institution’s female pioneers and their successors. With roots in both theology and psychology, this book uses personality theory to examine the individual differences in the ministry of clergywomen.

Complete Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1884-1935: Together with Commentary and Notes
2014 0-7734-4259-6
This volume brings together for the first time nearly five hundred poems by Charlotte Perkins (Stetson) Gilman, one of the most influential thinkers of her time. It represents the significant poetry this writer, lecturer, feminist, and pioneer sociologist chose to publish during her lifetime.

Conflict Over the Heresy of “pure Love” in Seventeenth-Century France: The Tumult Over the Mysticism of Madame Guyon
2008 0-7734-5009-2
Examines the feminist theology and apophatic mysticism of the under-recognized Madame Guyon.

Consumption, Domesticity & the Female Body in Emile Zola’s Fiction
2015 1-4955-0361-5
An unexpected and surprising discovery of the many ways metaphorical language shaped the discourse of domesticity as depicted in women’s press and in Zola’s oeuvre. This book examines that structuring effect as it evolves in the department store, the bedroom and the kitchen.

Contemporary Women Writing in the Other Americas Volume One: Contemporary Women Writing in Latin America
1996 0-7734-9005-1
A Spanish American Scheherazade: On Isabel Allende and Eva Luna (Susana Reisz) Back to the Suture: Patriarchal Discourse and Susana Thenon's Ova Completa (Bernard J. McGuirk) An Interview with Magda Portal (Kathleen Weaver) Discerning Alejandra: Concerning the Poetics of Pizarnik (Asunción Horno-Delgado) Innovative Latin American Writing of the 1980s: The Feminist Projects of Angel, Torres Molina and Parente Cunha (Raymond L. Williams) Rigoberta Menchu: The Exiles of a Guatemalan Indian Woman (Mark I. Millington) "Here Be Dragons:, or She Devils and Little Boys: The Annihilation of the Male in Lygia Fagundes Telles (Maria Manuel Lisboa) Women Writing and Living in Latin America (Elena Poniatowska) "Ecriture Féminine" in Chile: Invaded Space in Ana Maria del Rio, Diamela Eltit and Sonia Montecinos (Antonio Skármeta)

Contemporary Women Writing in the Other Americas Volume Three. Contemporary Women Writing in Canada and Quebec
1996 0-7734-8810-3
"Space That I Claim as Mine": Contemporary Canadian Women's Novels in English (Coral Ann Howells) Writing About Writing: Carol Shields's The Journal (Simone Vauthier) Expatriates or not? Two Canadian Novelists in Paris: Anne Hébert and Mavis Gallant (Georgiana M. M. Colvile) Quebec Women Writers and the Quiet Revolution (Mary Jean Green) France Théoret's Feminist Hyperrealism: Denaturalizing Female Domesticity in L'Homme qui peignait Staline (Karen Gould) Rape by Grammar: Marlene Nourbese Philip's Hyphenated Tongue or Writing the Caribbean Demotic between Africa and Arctic (Barbara Godard) Art is a Thief: Maria Campbell and Linda Griffith's Jessica (Frances W. Kaye) Writing as a Trajectory of Desire and Consciousness (Nicole Brossard)

Contemporary Women Writing in the Other Americas Volume Two: Contemporary Women Writing in the Caribbean
1996 0-7734-8808-1
"Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise" - Alienation and the Caribbean Woman: From Mayotte Capacia to Michelle Cliff (Betty Wilson) En/Gendering Spaces: The Poetry of Marlene Nourbese Philip and Pamela Mordecai (Elaine Savory) "The Higher Monkey Climb The More He Expose": Comedy and Exposure in Whole of a Morning Sky (Evelyn O'Callaghan) Garden/Nation: Parva Domus: Magna Quies (Ileana Rodríguez) Toussine's Cabin/Télumée's Garden: A Study of Spatial Structures in Simone Schwarz-Bart's Pluie et vent sur Télumée-Miracle (Mildred Mortimer) Re-writing Postcolonial Social Texts: Maternal Discourse in Chauvet and Lacrosil (Madeleine Cottenet-Hage and Kevin Meehan) (Re)writing History: Strategies of Telling in Maryse Condé's Une Saison à Rihata (Ann Armstrong Scarboro) "What About Those Who Don't Have Grandmothers?" (Maryse Condé)

Creators of Women’s Popular Romance Fiction: The Authors Who Gave Women a Genre of Their Own
2010 0-7734-3841-6
This study examines women’s popular romance fiction’s role in constructing gender and revealing power structures, while creating a community heritage for romance writers and readers. The textual analysis incorporates cultural studies and women’s studies by focusing on gender constructs of power through the medium of popular romance fiction and its many subgenres.

Critical Biography of Lady Jane Wilde, 1821 - 1896 Irish Revolutionist, Humanist, Scholar and Poet
2002 0-7734-7263-0
The focus of this study is upon a progressive women whose broad erudition allowed her to write on a great variety of subjects. Her own life as a revolutionist and writer, and her writings about women will interest those in women’s studies. As an Irish nationalist in a movement that had considerable influence on subsequent nationalist leaders like Arthur Griffin, her views in her revolutionary poems and articles are still pertinent.

Critical Study of Emily Dickinson's Letters. The Prose of a Poet
1996 0-7734-2270-6


Critical Study of the Works of Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian Writer and Activist
2001 0-7734-7538-9
This volume sets El Saadawi’s literary work within the context of her activism, in particular showing how her ideas for the renewal of society run through her writing. As a companion for reading her fiction and nonfiction, this volume contextualizes her work by taking into consideration the complexities of Egyptian society today – in particular, Islamic fundamentalism and women’s status. It also introduces the current scholarly debate on ancient women’s status. Chapters on individual novels look both at technique (oral literary traditions, woman’s narrative, imagery) and topic (female circumcision, gender roles, prostitution, honor killing). Novels examined are Two Women in One; The Circling Song; Woman at Point Zero; God Dies By the Nile.

Crypto- Judaism, Madness and the Female Quixote - Charlotte Lennox as Marrana in Mid-Eighteenth Century England
2004 0-7734-6499-9


Dance of the Carbon Atom
1995 0-7734-2723-6
A journey about life and love on both the personal and universal level, dealing with a woman's experience of sexual abuse as a child; the death of the father who abused her; the ultimate abandonment of her remaining family, her survival.

Demystifying the Female Body in Hispanic Male Authors 1880-1920: Overcoming the Virgin / Prostitute Dichotomy
2008 0-7734-5195-1
This study examines the representation, semiotics and power relations inherent in the depiction of the female body in key Modernist short stories by canonical authors from Latin America and Spain at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. The female body is a crucial element in the emergence of modern woman’s subjectivity as evidenced in the tales of Rubén Darío, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel Díaz Rodríguez, Azorín, Miguel de Unamuno and Ramón del Valle-Inclán.

Descriptions of Masculinity in African Women's Creative Writing: Mariama Ba, Philomeme, Delphine Zanga Tsogo, Calixthe Beyala, Aminata Sow Fall
2015 0-7734-2921-2
The first and only study on how female authors from Africa depict masculinity in their novels. Some criticisms of genetic explanations of gender are given. In addition to being an explication of literary representations the author also offers sociological explanations of male identity in Africa. Five female authors are studied, and their views are not seen as representational of all African male archetypes, but rather provide a starting point for future research in this area. This is one of the first books to give African scholars a place to start including masculinity into gender studies.

There have been numerous studies showing how men behave in relation to women, but none showing how men are depicted by female authors in Africa. This will bridge the gap in the literature by giving information on how masculinity functions on its own.

Development of the Feminist Idea in Egypt and the Middle East From the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Present
2016 1-4955-0505-7
A remarkable book examining the feminist discourse in the Middle East by analyzing selected philosophical texts by both female and male Arab thinkers. It explores the changes that have taken place in the Arab feminist discourse over the years by addressing the social, cultural, and ideological backgrounds of the region’s feminist over two centuries.

Die Rezeption Des Artussotoffes in Der Englischen Und Amerikanischen Literatur Des 20. Jahrhunderts Bei Thomas Berger, Marion Zimmer Bradley, E. A. Robinson, Mary Stewart Und T. H. White
1995 0-7734-1243-3
This study examines the differing treatments of similar points of the Arthurian legends by the authors cited, including the treatment of Merlin, war, and feminism.

Discourse of Hysteria: The topoi of Humility, Physicality, and Authority in Women’s Rhetoric
2009 0-7734-4843-8
This study analyzes the rhetorical strategies of five women, (Hildegard of Bingen, Margery Kempe, Aphra Behn, Sojourner Truth, and Hélène Cixous), from different historical periods. The author finds commonalities constituting a discourse of hysteria, deriving from and making productive use of women’s historical position at the margins of institutionalized power in our culture.

Discrepancy Between the Public and the Private Selves of Indonesian Women
2007 0-7734-5435-7
This study investigates Indonesian women’s public and private representations of identity in the New Order period, in the form of published autobiographies and unpublished diaries collected during fieldwork. During the New Order era (1967-1998), the government tried to indoctrinate the conservative ideas about gender using various channels. While autobiographies published in New Order Indonesia did not have the freedom to challenge the authoritative eye, those women who did publish such works are still seen as exerting their own individuality and criticizing, however indirectly, the social conditions surrounding them. In the unpublished diaries considered, though the authors are more vocal in their transgression, the reflection of patriarchal values in Indonesia can still be discovered.

Discussion of the Ideology of the American Dream in the Culture’s Female Discourses: The Untidy House
2000 0-7734-7744-6
By deconstructing the gendered terms of cultural representations of the American self, this project traces the many-faceted discursive possibilities of female desire in relation to community. Beginning with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, a paradigm of gendered dissent, signifies the trajectory of Otherness, of a silenced singularity this work maps through to Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeeping and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. In texts as diverse as Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers, Gayl Jones’ Corregidora, Gertrude Stein’s “Melanctha”, Thalia Selz’s “The Education of a Queen” or Hisaye Yamamoto’s “Seventeen Syllables”, Derrida’s definition of differance is used to dismantle ideological and gendered issues of identity. The interdisciplinary contribution of this work explores contemporary debates in language, ethnicity, race and feminist theory as they apply to the ever-varying voice of female desire historically silenced in the tidied rooms of America’s cultural house.

Drama of War in the Theatre of Anne Devlin, Marie Jones, and Christina Reid, Three Irish Playwrights
2010 0-7734-3791-6
The book is about the representation of war in the plays of Anne Devlin, Marie Jones and Christina Reid. Cumulatively, the plays demonstrate a symbiotic relationship between war and gender, showing women’s response to war as complex and diverse. The work of these three playwrights suggests that women played a much bigger part in the conflict and in the post-conflict environment than has been acknowledged.

Early Works by Modern Women Writers: Woolf, Bowe, Mansfield, Cather, and Stein
2006 0-7734-5892-1
Modernism encompasses a range of technique, subject matter, and experimentation – some experiments successful, others near misses, but always worthy of attention. Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, Willa Cather and Gertrude Stein represent five important points along that range. The purpose in starting with the first books by these authors establishes two arguments. First, these early works elucidate the later, more sophisticated work that follows. Second, the works from the beginning of each woman’s career enhance the understanding of modernism from the inside out; that is, close examination of five writing careers provides more insight into modernism than imposing a generic definition upon them. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate each of these writers has a coherent body of work rather than a successful series of works.

Eavan Boland's Evolution as an Irish Woman Poet
2007 0-7734-5383-0
This study re-evaluates Boland’s work in the dual light of two important ideologies within modern Irish writing: feminism and postcolonialism. Its main objective is to analyze Boland’s evolution as an Irish woman poet in her attempt to overcome marginalization as a postcolonial gendered subject. By bringing together postcolonial and feminist theorizations of identity, this study demonstrates how Boland gradually undermines the (presumably authentic) representations of ‘woman’ and ‘nation’ she has inherited. By describing ‘Irishness’ and ‘womanhood’ in terms of fluidity and hybridity, Boland’s poetry exposes the constructedness of identity itself and allows the speaker to find a place freed from authoritative ideologies. In so doing, Boland manages to present a background where new decolonizing identities can emerge. In other words, it is here where she finds her way out as an outsider within an outsider’s culture.

Economic Injustice of Maternal Mortality. A Feminist Ethical Analysis
2008 0-7734-4792-X
This work is a response to the lack of theological reflection on the qualitatively different poverty endured by women, a concrete manifestation of which is maternal mortality. This work argues that the failure of liberation theology to attend adequately to the poverty of women compromises its commitment to solidarity with the oppressed.

Education and Empowerment Among Dalit (untouchable) Women in India
2004 0-7734-6407-7
This book explores the problems of how caste and gender issues are related to the education and empowerment of rural Dalit women in India. The key focus is on the presentation of Dalit female voices regarding their educational experiences. Specifically, this study explores the nature and role of education and its relationship to empowerment among thirty-three poor, rural Dalit women and girls who volunteered to become involved with an explicit women’s empowerment project, the Mahila Samakhya program in Karnataka (MSK) during the years 1994 to 1995. This book will be of interest to practitioners in the fields of development: sociology, cultural studies and education; caste, gender, post-modern and subaltern academics and students, the general public and policy makers in India; Dalits and Dalit women in particular.

Education of a Self-Made Woman, Fredrika Bremer 1801-1865
1994 0-7734-9098-1
Far ahead of their time, Bremer's novels (first published in Sweden starting in 1831) were intelligent, clever, and strikingly well-informed in matters concerning women. They were translated and sold many editions. Her aim was not just to entertain, but to educate. She took positions on political questions, started social projects, and chided the church for its political conservatism and theological rigidity. She needled the government to change its laws. Reaching beyond Europe, she travelled two years in America, then wrote her classic The Homes of the New World. She met such notables as Emerson and Dakotah Chief Gray Iron. In this detailed biography by noted Swedish scholar Brita K. Stendahl, Fredrika Bremer emerges as both forthright and enigmatic. It catches her fascinating combination of the courage to witness and agitate for change as well as her desire for privacy and meditation.

Elizabeth Jennings : An Appraisal of Her Life as a Poet, Her Approach to Her Work and a Selection of the Major Themes of Her Poetry
1995 0-7734-1278-6
The opening chapters of this study deal with Elizabeth Jennings' life and work as a whole, including her early life, her career as a writer, the major influences on her poetry including T. S. Eliot as well as Hopkins and Auden. Later chapters portrays the poet's approach to writing poetry, and then examine four major themes: Love, Art, Religion, and Death, analyzing poems illustrating each theme. The author had a personal interview and correspondence with Jennings during the course of her research. The volume includes the text of the interview.

English Translation of Bachofen’s mutterrecht (mother Right) (1861) a Study of the Religious and Juridical Aspects of Gynecocracy in the Ancient World
2003 0-7734-6604-5
Mutterrecht (Mother Right) by Johann Jakob Bachofen was the seminal document of the 19th century concerning the role of women in ancient societies. Bachofen documented that motherhood is the source of human society, religion, morality, and decency in societies including Lycia, Crete, Greece, Egypt, India, Central Asia, Northern Africa, and Spain. He concluded the work by connecting ancient mother right with Christianity. Bachofen’s theory of cultural evolution incited a virtual ‘mother-mania’ among ethnologists, social philosophers, and even writers, among them Lewis Henry Morgan, Friedrich Engels, Joseph Campbell, Robert Graves, Thomas Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke. This five-volume translation will be produced at the rate of one volume per year. Volume 5, which contains the sections “Mantinea”; “Pythagoreanism and Subsequent Doctrines”; “The Cantabri”; and nine lithographs with descriptions, is being offered first, as it contains sections of the work never before translated into English.

Escritoras PuertorriqueÑas De La Transicion Del Siglo XIX Al Xx: Carmela Eulate Sanjurjo, Ana Roque Y Luisa Capetillo
2009 0-7734-4697-4
This study analyzes representative works by Puerto Rican authors: Carmela Eulate Sanjurjo, Ana Roqué, and Luisa Capetillo, for their treatment of the topic of women. The historical background is the transition associated with 1898, and the conceptual background is that of the roles of women in the Puerto Rican society and nation at the time. In Spanish.

Essays and Scripts on How Mothers are Portrayed in the Theater: A Neglected Frontier of Feminist Scholarship
2010 0-7734-3779-7
This collection examines the nexus of mothering, feminism, and theatre. The work examines the portrayals of mothers in literature and on the performance stage, and makes a contribution to studies in dramatic literature, women’s studies, feminist theory, and theatre history.

Essays on Modern Women Artists
2003 0-7734-6820-X
This two-volume collection of essays celebrates the diversity of artistic style and thematic contributions of female artists from the Renaissance period to the present day. The essays specifically address three main topics: descriptions of their careers, iconographical analysis of subject matter, and theoretical considerations about the visual arts. The essays are organized historically and classified as Pre-Modernism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. With many illustrations.

Essays on Women’s Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman Following the First World War
2009 0-7734-4807-1
This work examines the social, cultural and political contexts in which women artists from Europe, Asia, and North America had the opportunity to contribute to their nations’ cultural production. This book contains twenty-nine black and white photographs.

Evelyn Scott's Contribution to American Literary Modernism, 1920-1940 a Study of Her Trilogy the New Woman in the Narrow House, Narcissus, and the Golden Door
2013 0-7734-4490-4
This is an examination of Evelyn Scott’s literary interpretations of the new American women and her contributions in terms of newness in theme, structure, and form to the American modernist period.

Explaining the Depiction of Violence Against Women in Victorian Literature: Applying Julia Kristeva’s Theory of Abjection to Dickens, Bronte, and Braddon
2005 0-7734-5989-8
This book examines the causes of the abject response in canonical novels such as Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Aurora Floyd and Lady Audley’s Secret. In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva outlines her theory of abjection as a simultaneous fascination and horror stemming from sensorial reminders of the subject’s primal, psychological relation to the mother. The author suggests that these psychological perspectives can potentially result in acts of physical violence, which are called “abject response”. By developing Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection as a model for reading physical acts of violence against women, the book yields specific answers to its overriding questions: Why was a female body so threatening in nineteenth-century fiction? The answer lies in social constructions of women as powers of horror, which the male subject imbibes and which lead to domestic violence if improperly balanced. In addition, the book examines critical interpretations, including those of feminists, which also inadvertently abject the female body. By examining parallel abjections in nineteenth-century novels and twentieth-century criticism, this books reveals the more insidious remnants of Victorian ideology in our present culture, as well as the ways in which these remnants inadvertently perpetuate domestic violence. Thus this book should engage scholars and students of the Victorian period, Women’s Studies, and feminist theory.

Female I in Modern Greek Prose Fiction 1924-1962: A Literary Development of Freeing the Female Voice
2013 0-7734-4073-9
In this monograph, Dr. Comatsos analyzes the utilization of female narrators in Greek fiction from 1924-1962 and connects the appearance of women in the public sphere in Greece. The author examines female narrators in nine novels written by both male and female authors using narratology, feminism, and Bakhtin’s polyphony in her inquiry. She follows the emergence of the female “I” from private forms of writing (diary, journals) to more public ones. She shows how male authors (here, Grigorios Xenopoulos and Nikos Katiforis) use a female voice to justify male patriarchal ideologies. Additionally, she tells stories of women (the artist, Eleni Altamoura) who deal with obstacles set up for them by Greek society.

Female Serial Murderer
2005 0-7734-6000-4
This book will focus on gender bias in perceptions of criminal women, using the extreme example of serial murder. Often, an examination of the extreme can show cultural biases with greater clarity. This book shows that men and women, as with more common homicide trends, carry out serial murdering in different patterns. Furthermore, this book will challenge some of the more influential explanations of serial murder put forth by noted people in the field arguing that many of these theories have failed to encapsulate the actions of women who commit these serial crimes. Lastly, this book will explore another possible definition of serial murder as well as some alternative theoretical approaches to the problem. While there have been numerous studies of male serial killers, studies of female serial killers are lacking, even though, as the statistics of this book document, there have been many over time.

Feminine Stereotypes and Roles in Theory and Practice in Argentina Before and After the First Lady Eva PerÓn
2000 0-7734-7597-4


Feminism and Process Thought the Harvard Divinity School / Claremont Center for Process Studies Symposium Papers
1981 0-88946-903-2
Essays by Valerie C. Saiving, John B. Cobb, Jr., Marjorie Suchocki, Penelope Washburn, and Jean Lambert.

Feminism in Multi-Cultural Literature
1996 0-7734-8774-3
This collection of articles on feminista issues provides in-depth analysis of the literary works they analyze. The theoretical framework is up-to-date and solid. The interdisciplinary articles deal with American, English, French, Latin American and Spanish literatures. Essays: Feminist Perspectives: An Introduction (Antonio Sobejano-Moran); Women's Desire and Feminine Desires: the Symbolic and the Semiotic in Wuthering Heights (Nick McCarthy); Feminine Erotics. The Subversion of Desire in the Novels of Nineteenth Century Women (Amy Rosewarne); Reading Women Reading Helen: Revisionary Myth-Making in Sappho and H.D. (Anita George); Kathy Acker's Corpus: a Subversive Body of Texts (Rich Calvin); 'Gilded Cages' and 'Concave Mirrors' Female Prisons in Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter (Catherine Lappas); Gender, Sexuality, and 'Woman' in Li Ang's The Butcher's Wife (Micheline M. Soong); The Tantalizing Absence of Gender Reference in the 'Prólogo al lector' by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Ana Kothe); Theology of a Feminine Liberation: Lorca, Esquivel and Kant (Salvatore Poeta); Almodóvar's Women: Passionate, Subversive and Postmodern (Jesús Rodriguez); Violence in Marguerite Duras' Writing (Fabienne Venturino); Textual/Sexual Authority: Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux (Amy B. Millstone); Recovering, Re-covering, and the Translation of Work by Rosa Chacel and María Sambrano (Carol Maier).

Feminismo E Innovation En La Narrativa Gallega De Autoria Femenina - Xohana Torres, Marie XosÉ QueizÁn, Carmen Blanco Y Teresa Moure
2012 0-7734-3069-5
Centering on authors whose work represents the Galician region of northwestern Spain, this book showcases women writers who deal with feminist themes. The narrative structure is also analyzed and the main focus is to show how women are represented in the novels of several female authors.

Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in French Neoclassical Tragedy
2012 0-7734-2583-7
In the tradition of Virginia Woolf’s “In Search of a Room of One’s Own,” this study traces the origins of French feminism to Neoclassical theatre and the court of Louis XIV. Through feminist revisionist histories of French literature, the Neoclassical plots and female archetypes from Racine’s Phedre and Andromache, Voltaire’s Brutus (Catherine Bernard) and Marmontel’s Belisarius (Stephanie Genlis) were transposed by women writers and patrons onto actresses and the queens, empresses and mistresses of the French ruling dynasties from Louis XIV- to Napoleon at a time when women were denied the rights of citizenship. Women authors include Bernard, Genlis, Olympe de Gouges and Germaine de Staël, among others. Arguing that emerging feminism is a function of historicism that defines female identity through parallel constructs between regency and theatre, Neoclassicism and modernity, authors of an emerging body of French feminist writings ineluctably reconcile sadist and pacifist incongruities between gendered roles in tragedy.

Feminist Campaigns for Birth Control and Abortion Rights in Britain
2003 0-7734-6868-4
This book has important implications for contemporary feminist politics. It contributes to a growing body of work on the relationship between feminist theory, feminist campaigning activity and policy change.

Feminist Ethic for Social Science Research
1988 0-88946-120-1
A collection of original articles, some by leading feminists, the guiding principle of which is to define standards for the conduct of feminist research.

Feminist Interpretation of the Galician-Portuguese Cantigas De Amigo
2004 0-7734-6258-9


Feminist Utopian Novels of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Themes of Sexuality, Marriage, and Motherhood
2008 0-7734-4969-8
Challenges Gilman critics who reject the author’s sexual politics as no longer relevant to contemporary liberal ideals.

Five-Thousand Year Search for a Way to Describe the Feminine Nature of God
2015 0-7734-4267-7
This a feminist interdisciplinary examination of the divine imagery and its connection to sexual justice, investigating the use of the word Zöe, Greek for “life”. A feminist hermeneutics using varying methodologies is utilized to empower women’s autonomy. The book examines the Greek Septuagint, the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, the Kabbalah, Hebrew and other scriptural sources to argue that Zöe can serve to provide multiple feminine images of God: Lady Wisdom, Mother God, Fountain of Life, Tree of Life, and Restorer.

Friederike Brun Reader
2006 0-7734-5531-0
This extension of Volumes 11 (the autobiography Wahrheit aus Morgenträumen) and 12 (Briefe aus Rom) of the ‘Supplements to An Encyclopedia of German Women Writers’ includes an extensive 100-page selection of Brun’s lyric poetry from her earliest lyrics with parallel examples from Matthisson, Baggesen and Goethe, most of her ballads, her songs for Greece and examples of her religious texts. Excerpts from her diaries, travelogues and leters, texts on the sculptor Thorwaldsen, her friend Madame de Staël and on her daughter Ida’s education reveal her important contacts and reflections on art and social conditions. Sections on her reception, dedications to her, and a 19th-century short biography are also included. The editor, whose articles on her works and manuscripts since 1985 have brought new insights into this neglected writer, provides a long introduction, a summary of her life and bibliography. This volume will appeal to all interested in 19th-century women writers and German literature in general.

Gebunden Sind Die FlÜgel Der Gedanken - Louise Brachmann (1777-1822)
2006 0-7734-5533-7
Louise Brachmann is an almost-forgotten Romantic figure, friend of Sidonie von Hardenberg, sister of the major 19th-century German writer Novalis. Schiller published some of her poems. Several of her family and friends died while she was still in her twenties, and she was forced to make a living by writing. Unhappy love affairs, poor reception of her work, and uncertainties in daily life led her eventually to drown herself. Her stories, poems, and death exemplify German Romanticism. Her sufferings were widely discussed together with her radical ideas about the role of women in society and support for Greek independence. This edition brings together works that are critical of Enlightenment views on nature, God, and death. It is an important reflection of the crisis of cultural values at the beginning of the 19th century, when established views on the family, the state and the power of reason were being questioned, and the editor provides a critical assessment of Brachmann’s importance within that context.

Gender, Identity and the Irish Press, 1922-1937 Embodying the Nation
2002 0-7734-7298-3
This study of the Irish Press from 1922-1937 demonstrates the ways in which particular gendered symbols, archetypes and images were used to embody notions of Ireland and Irishness: from emigration to unemployment, from militant Republicanism to the sinful pleasures of the jazz age.

Harold Frederic's Social Drama and the Crisis of 1890's Evangelical Protestant Culture
2013 0-7734-4530-7
The books written by Harold Frederic depict a self-made, properly Protestant American. Yet, in some of his books in particular The Damnation of Theron Ware, Frederic depicts self-made women, and challenges the idea that only men can attain culturally-defined success. The works offer an inversion of late 19th century gender-based expectations.

Historical Residues in the Old Irish Legends of Queen Medb: An Expanded Interpretation of the Ulster Cycle
2010 0-7734-3649-9
Medb of Connacht, a central female character of medieval Ireland's Ulster Cycle is read traditionally as an example of a misogynistic, patriarchal Christian campaign to suppress and silence women in early Ireland, or as symbolic of a primordial, mythic pre-Christian goddess, exempt from patriarchal censure because her behavior is ascribed to her duties as a divine sovereignty figure. In addition, this work provides the first comparative and comprehensive character analysis of the Connacht warrior queen across numerous tales in which she appears as a major player, presenting a more complete picture of her character across the tales than has previously been offered. Such an approach also allows for a reading of Medb as a literary reflection of the socio-political tensions present in the historical period during which the texts emerged, and perhaps as a reflection of historical women who helped to produce those tensions in their societies, including gender-related tensions every bit as complex and complicated as our own are today.

History of Women's Menstruation From Ancient Greece to the Twenty-First Century
2012 0-7734-2648-5
Hufnagel chronicles the historical inaccuracies in understanding menstruation which have contributed to viewing women as a ‘second sex’ and perpetuated feelings of shame. Her argument claims that only in the last few decades has science begun to fully understand the issue. Subsequent social and psychological treatment of menstruation in recent years has helped women to have an increased sense of comfort with their bodies. From Ancient Greece where Aristotle claimed that women were closer to animals, to contemporary misunderstandings about menstruation leading to increased acne, which was viewed as a sign of sexual immorality beginning with pubescence, the book tells the tawdry tale of women learning to accept themselves through successive scientific breakthroughs.

How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel
2012 0-7734-2533-0
A study that critically examines the representation of female intellectuals in twentieth century British literature “campus novel”.

How Dostoevsky Portrays Women in His Novels: A Feminist Analysis
2009 0-7734-3774-6
This study explores the relationship between public work and influence, and private faith and spiritual development, through the female characters in Dostoevsky's novels; and also the influence of one writer upon another. The intention was, first, to establish whether, in literary terms, women may be viewed as characters in their own right, rather than merely as symbols or consorts for the men; and, secondly, whether, from a feminist theological perspective, Dostoevsky takes seriously the experience of women in terms of their relationships and work, Christian faith and spiritual development, and conflict with personal and institutional evil.

How Irish Women Writers Portray Masculinity
2006 0-7734-5558-2
The roles of men and women in Ireland have changed a great deal in the last fifty years and many of these changes can be attributed to the dual influence of the Irish Women’s Movement and Ireland’s inclusion in the European Community/Union. While these two influences affected many rapid legal changes toward equality for women and men in Ireland, Irish society has been slow to reflect these shifts. The novels examined in this book reflect the gap between these legal and societal changes.

How Roman Catholic Theology Can Transform Male Violence Against Women: Explaining the Role of Religion in Shaping Cultural Assumptions About Gender
2010 0-7734-1448-7
This book articulates a Roman Catholic theological understanding concerning salvation in Jesus Christ that can be transformative of physical and sexual male violence against women across the world. It identifies key elements for a working definition of such complex violence, and highlights the pervasiveness and seriousness of the violence with quantitative data. For the Catholic believer the violence is graver still because a Catholic component can often be identified in the violence. This component is illustrated in the book by qualitative data about Catholic women who suffered incest. Employing the foundational and methodological framework of the praxis of authenticity in consciousness that Bernard Lonergan has identified, and that everyone can verify in their own experience, as well as its specifically Christian conversion component, the book provides grounds for making the situation of violence a theological matter. The book’s argument progresses by following Lonergan’s definition that theology functions to mediate between a religion and a culture and that the function of ‘systematics’ in method in theology is to construct contextualised understandings for the sake of ‘doing the truth in love.’ Theological meanings transformative of the situation of violence are elaborated in the book in terms of how to conceive salvation in Jesus Christ. Such an understanding of salvation is constructed by drawing firstly on meanings for salvation in scripture that are dialectically opposed to destructive meanings that the Catholic women, who suffered incest, referred to above received and believed concerning salvation. Insight into these biblical meanings is deepened by drawing on the theologies of salvation of Karl Rahner, Gustavo Gutierrez, and feminist responses to Gutierrez’s theology. The transformative meaning for salvation is developed further by addressing the issues of the male Jesus as saviour and his violent death of redemption in ways that can serve the struggle to stop male violence against women. The book ends by drawing attention to recent documents on male violence against women by Church leaders that make specific reference to a transformative role for theologians and by calling for third level theology colleges to take account of the pertinent violence as a theological imperative and to collaborate with others in the field of concern as part of the function of theology.

How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Language (audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Dionne Brand)
2010 0-7734-3839-4
This is a study of women writers of the African Diaspora and their articulation of the erotic as an important aspect of human experience beyond the limits and expectations of society. Within the imaginary scope of the works of Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Dionne Brand, the erotic is made manifest through rewriting narrative and poetic form.

Humor of Marguerite De Navarre in the heptamÉron. a Feminist Author Before Her Time
2008 0-7734-4924-8
A complex analysis of the religious and feminist bases of de Navarre’s humor.

Hysteria and Melancholy as Literary Style in the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Djuna Barnes
2011 0-7734-1517-3
Using the ideas of Kristeva and Lacan, this study examines works by four female authors to demonstrate that hysteria and elancholy/melancholia can be viewed as discourse and style when analyzing literary texts. This book contains three color photographs.

Influence of French Language and Culture in the Lives of Eight Women Writers of Russian Heritage
2002 0-7734-6908-7
This is a comparative study of the lives and literary production of Russian-born French writers from the 18th to the 20th century: Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Princess Dashkova; Maria Bashkirtseff, the Comtesse de Ségur; Nathalie Sarraute, Elsa Triolet, Irène Némirovsky, and Zoe Oldenbourg. This book shows how they were influenced by their Russian heritage and how the traditions and impressions of their youth are visible in their French writings.

Influence of Nineteenth- Century British Writers on Emily Dickinson. A Study of Her Library and Letters
2014 0-7734-0071-0
A rare study of the letters and family books of Emily Dickinson from Amherst College and Harvard University libraries revealing Dickinson’s poetic development, through her correspondence and reference to works of British writers and their influence on her work. This work proves her place in the canon of nineteenth-century literature is well-deserved.


Interviews with Hispanic Women Leaders: A Sociological Study
2012 0-7734-2941-7
A book that uses firsthand interviews with Hispanic women leaders to better understand how they obtained professional success in the United States. It examines what barriers they overcame, and what strategies they used to get by obstacles. There are twelve Hispanic women in leadership positions in academia, government, and private sector employment who provide rich data for this study. The results of this study prove that there are key ingredients to success in life. Hard work, family support, self-respect, determination, goal-orientation, helped these people to accomplish their career aspirations.

Italian Women’s Narratives of Their Experiences During World War II
2003 0-7734-6880-3
This book provides an in-depth cultural study that will interest scholars in anthropology, women’s studies, and history. In particular it presents a study of Orsognese women’s narratives of their experience in World War II, presenting a detailed account of the author’s ethnographic field practice showing that the patterns that emerge from the narratives are an integral part of the contemporary Orsognese social context. It examines these as concepts of sociability, relatedness, and community, based on principles of social interaction the Orsognese women manifested in their social practice.

La Novela De Escritoras Dominicanas De 1990 a 2007
2007 0-7734-5359-8
This book offers the first critical analysis of the study of narrative literature written by women from the Dominican Republic during the past fifteen years. Beginning by tracing the history of Dominican women writers from the nineteenth century to the present, the study then moves on to an analysis of the construction of space and identity in the works of these authors. Opening the door to researching this new generation of Dominican women novelists, this work makes significant contributions to the fields of Caribbean and women’s studies.

Lady Jane Wilde’s Letters to Mr. John Hilson, 1847-1876: A Critical Edition
2010 0-7734-3763-0
This work presents the letters of Lady Jane Wilde whose affinity for letter-writing, over a period of thirty years, is captured in her correspondence with a Scot, Mr. John Hilson, whom she only met once during a visit to the Borders. This book contains five color photographs.

Lady Wilde's Letters to Constance Wilde, Friends and Acquaintances, with Selected Correspondence Received
2013 0-7734-4501-3
The current final volume is a collection of correspondence written by Lady Jane Wilde to her daughter-in-law, Constance Wilde, as well as other friends and acquaintances. Lady Wilde, like her son Oscar, was an excellent writer. She had a wide range of interests. Much of the ridicule directed at Lady Wilde and her writing and lifestyle followed the imprisonment of her son in 1894 and reflected Victorian prejudices. These letters provide a different picture: that of a reflective, intelligent and kind woman.

An excellent work in deciphering Lady Wilde’s personal handwritten letters and correspondence. An invaluable source of new information to scholars reassessing the lives of the Wildes, studying the status of women, or working in the field of Irish literature.

Las Novelas De MarÍa De Zayas (1590-1650): Lo Sobrenatural Y Lo Oculto En La Literatura Femenina Espanola Del Siglo XVII
2010 0-7734-3718-5
This work examines some of the sources that María de Zayas uses to present some of her concepts about the devil, evil, men, honor and love in relationship to the supernatural. Contrary to some modern critics, the Spanish people of the Seventeenth century were very much aware of the significance, customs, and relevance of these supernatural beliefs in their lives.

Les Discours Féminins dans la Littérature Postmoderne au Québec
1992 0-7734-1968-3
This volume is a carefully chosen collection of texts which are theoretical, poetic, analytical, and critical. The voices of creative writers, professional translators and university scholars offer a range of perspectives on contemporary Quebec women writers. In the light of postmodernism, their texts offer readings, appreciations and celebrations of new and experimental writing in the feminine from Quebec over the past thirty years. In addition, the bibliography brings together a wealth of information on these writers. In French.Les discours féminins . . . examine la problématique et les fruits de la jonction, dans un contexte spécifiquement québécois, des deux grands mouvements sociaux, théoriques et littéraires d'aujourd'hui: le féminisme, et le postmodernisme. Le livre fait entendre les voix émouvantes et étonnantes de Louky Bersianik, Nicole Brossard, Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood, Daphne Marlatt et France Théoret, et fait lire les textes de quatorze spécialistes de la littérature québécoise dont Janet Paterson, Karen Gould, Louise Forsyth, Lori Saint-Martin. Les auteur-e-s du livre nous offrent l'étude de l'oeuvre d'une ou de plusieurs écrivaines ou écrivains; elles s'intéressent aux genres littéraires et à la traduction; elles se penchent sur la question épineuse de la théorie dans l'émergence d'une littérature et d'une culture au féminin, et aussi sur les significations problématiques des termes "féminisme" et "postmodernisme". Ce livre représente un état présent de la plus grande pertinence et utilité, une exploration collective, sous plusieurs perspectives, d'une problématique complexe et tout à fait actuelle.

Les Écrits D'yvette Z’graggen, RomanciÈre Suisse Contemporaine
2006 0-7734-5767-4
Born in Geneva in 1920, Yvette Z’Graggen published her first novel in 1944 and over the course of the following sixty years (her most recent work appeared in 2003) has written more than fifteen books. She has carved out for herself a position as one of the most popular and successful writers in French-speaking Switzerland; several of her books have been translated into German, and she has won a number of prestigious literary prizes. In spite of this success, because of inherent difficulties in being a Swiss writer published in Switzerland, Z’Graggen is not well-known outside her native country. Previous studies of Z’Graggen (in French) appeared in 1987 and 1997, the latter being a series of interviews with Z’Graggen. This study examines Z’Graggen’s work in its entirety and provides an overview of the themes she has developed, renewed and reworked over the course of her career. By adopting a thematic approach, the book demonstrates how these themes recur and interlink, enabling the reader to reach conclusions about the importance of Z’Graggen within la literature romande. Given the considerable interest in recent years in both women’s writing and Francophone literature, it is fitting that a writer of Z’Graggen’s stature should be studied in detail and become better known outside Switzerland.

Letters of Life in an Aristocratic Russian Household Before and After the Revolutionamy Coles and Princess Vera Urusov
2000 0-7734-7776-4
These letters, written over thirty-five years apart, may be read as chronicles from daily life in Russia. The letters by Amy Coles reflect a contemporary Englishwoman’s perspective on life in a Russian household from 1879-1883. Four decades later, her pupil, Princess Vera, chronicled the ruin and mortal danger that had befallen her and her mother following the Russian revolution. The juxtaposition of the letters reveals the enormous contrasts between privilege and persecution, comfort and penury, security and the threat of imminent death. These are historical accounts by eyewitnesses to Russian life before and after the revolution. With photographs.

Life and Music of Alice Mary Smith ( 1839-1884), a Woman Composer of the Victorian Era: A Critical Assessment of Her Achievement
2010 0-7734-1383-9
This study of the nineteenth-century British composer Alice Mary Smith’s life and music draws on newly discovered documents and manuscripts. The volume also includes information on five other women composers from this era.

Author’s Abstract:
At a time when women were thought to succeed only in composing drawing-room songs or light-weight piano pieces, Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) wrote by far the greatest number of larger-scale art works of any British woman composer in the nineteenth century. She was most probably the first woman to have written – and had performed – a symphony, composed in 1863 at the age of twenty-four. Two of her six concert overtures were regularly performed by distinguished conductors of the time, and her four cantatas for choir and orchestra achieved some popularity in the last years of her short life.

This study also briefly outlines the work of five other women composers of her time who attempted the higher forms of the art, and examines, from contemporary sources, the argument, current at the time, as to whether a woman could ever compose a ‘great’ work.



Life and Work of Germany’s Founding Feminist - Louise Otto-Peters (1819-1895)
2002 0-7734-7048-4


Life and Works of Bessie Head
1995 0-7734-9018-3
This study approaches Bessie Head not just as a successful African female novelist but as a sensitive philosopher and humanist whose works are dominated by recognizable philosophical ideas about the universal issues of love, religion, power, racism, injustice, sexual and financial exploitation, all treated in a radical way. Her deep commitment to people and an involvement in questions of poverty and exploitation are motifs which run through her work. This book shows Head as she reworks her usual themes taking us through a stylistic landscape that bypasses the typical Apartheid landmarks and arrives whole, independent, paradoxical, sublime, yet ordinary.

Life Histories of Five Contemporary Welsh Women Artists. the Interweaving of Art Into Living and Living Into Art
2012 0-7734-2667-1
Collet examines how various women artists have contributed to the artistic and cultural identity of Wales. Often overlooked, these female artists have played an enormous role but have rarely been given credit for their achievements. She notes that there is a growing literature on the topic of women in art that claims women were not always excluded from artistic representation, but that this is a recent development. Also, the book discusses problems women face that impede or contribute to their artistic drive like motherhood and family responsibilities.

Life Planning Guide for Women
1982 0-88946-512-6
Meant to help women choose the best of both the liberated and the non-liberated worlds.

Literary Theory of Shimamura HÔgetsu (1871-1918) and the Development of Feminist Discourse in Modern Japan
2008 0-7734-5000-9
Argues for a reassessment of Hôgetsu’s naturalism as a multifaceted theoretical model rather than an aberration of its original Western counterpart.

Lived Experience of South Asian Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada
1996 0-7734-8761-1
This study made use of historical records, census data, and in-depth interviews with 126 first-generation women to generate a detailed portrayal of the demographics of South Asian women immigrants and their lived experiences. It begins with a discussion of the major theoretical issues in studying South Asian women in Canada and the impact of Canadian immigration policy on this group of women. It then provides a profile of these women and the socio-demographic context of their everyday lives in three domains: work in the home, work outside the home, and participation in community organizations, notably religious and cultural organizations.

Lone Mothers Between the Welfare State and Informal Support
2006 0-7734-5759-3
This book is concerned with the question of what role informal support networks play in the welfare mix of contemporary welfare states. Family and friends provide informal support on the one hand, and voluntary organizations on the other. Using data from 116 semi-structured interviews with lone mothers in the United Kingdom and Germany, the question of whether different welfare systems influence individual support mobilization strategies is investigated. Lone mothers were selected because of their limited earning capacities that often result in a life in poverty and social exclusion – for them and for their children. It was shown in this research that informal and formal support alleviates these effects and the research project is guided by four main objectives: (1) to map ways in which lone mothers mobilize support from different sources; (2) to investigate whether lone mothers develop support mobilization strategies in turning to formal and/or informal support sources; (3) to analyze whether differences in welfare state systems result in variances in informal support mobilization behavior; and finally, and (4) to evaluate the role and importance of voluntary organizations as support providers for lone mothers. Empirical evidence is provided to demonstrate that informal support networks influence the utilization of formal support. In contrast, variations in welfare state provision do not appear to have a significant impact on support mobilization behavior. Indeed, formal support mobilization is a function of demographic characteristics, influenced by receipts from means-tested benefits and the extent of informal support. The utilization of informal support was dependent on network structural and demographic variables, as well as reciprocity norms.

Look at Life in Northern Ireland - How Do Women Live in a Culture Driven by Conflict?
2001 0-7734-7637-7
This study, written from an anthropological standpoint, focuses on women’s lives in Northern Ireland. It examines the lives and work of a range of women, and illustrates some of the historical and political backdrop. It discusses a number of women’s initiatives in the voluntary sector to illustrate the work they are doing to achieve a peaceful outcome to the age-old problems. Interviews were conducted with women, ecumenical groups, Belfast City Council Members, Ian Paisley, Jerry Adams, and human rights activists. The book will interest those in women’s studies, peace studies, and Irish studies.

Lost Mother and the Replacement Mother Figures in the Life of William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965): A Study of a Failed Mother-Son Dyad
2015 1-4955-0308-9
The institution of motherhood stands as the essential and underlying ingredient to the manufacture of world history. This work explores the life and situation of the English playwright, novelist, and short story writer in a Mother-Son dyad that proved to be far different from the definitions and standards normally applied to the term.

Louise Stolberg’s Florentine Salon and Germaine De StaËl’s Coppet Circle: The Politics of Patronage, Neoclassicism and the Code of Freedom in Napoleonic Italy
2015 0-7734-4245-6
Worley’s book brings a new perspective on the intellectual debates in the development of nationalistic movements leading up to the Risorgimento in Italy. Her study reveals how the efforts of key feminine ideologists established the roots of Italian reunification through artistic patronage. The salons of these important women enabled daring artists to walk that fine line between creativity and treason as they politicized their art.

L’Écriture Feminine Au Xvie SiÈcle, En France
2008 0-7734-5087-4
The purpose of the present work is the study of the access of women to literature in sixteenth-century France, a period not considered to be conducive to the awakening of female writers. This book focuses on the different steps of personal writing and the analysis of the women’s literary work. This book contains seven color photographs and six black and white photographs. In French.

Makings of Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows Research Through Performance
1998 0-7734-8499-X
This study describes the creative process of generating the ensemble performance work Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows, including the use of Labanotation and group improvisations in decoding the body language of 19th-century hysterics at the Salpetriere, with interpolations from Freud's case histories. This event takes its visual roots from period photographs and drawings used by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (France's first psychiatrist) and his followers at the Paris public asylum for madwomen. The verbal text draws from and responds to writings by Sigmund Freud on women, and Charcot's famous lectures, filtered through 20th-century feminist criticism and theory. With illustrations.

Male-Female Relations in the Literary Maghreb: Poetics and Politics of Violence and Liberation in Francophone North African Literature by Tahar Ben Jelloun
2011 0-7734-1488-6
This book is a study of male-female relations in two acclaimed novels by contemporary Maghrebi Francophone author and French intellectual, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The problematic of male-female relations in the Maghreb, especially as represented by Tahar Ben Jelloun--with its extensive and overarching implications and possibilities within and beyond the realm of literary enquiry--has not received due scholarly and critical attention up until now. This study responds to the need for a holistic understanding of these male-female relations.

The first chapter of this volume presents the author and his oeuvre, situating him as a socially oriented, committed writer and includes a survey of the previous scholarship in the field of Ben Jelloun studies. The second chapter, dealing with theoretical and methodological issues, articulates the sociological perspectives informing this literary study. It includes an overview of the Moroccan sociocultural setting, evokes the subordination of the female and the sexualized ambiguity towards the female in traditional Moroccan/Arab/Muslim society, and introduces the notion of power which is seen by feminists and sociologists alike as central to the question of male-female relations. The third and the fourth chapters are devoted to the analysis of the two acclaimed works chosen as the focus of this study, L’Homme rompu and a Nuit de l’erreur respectively. Proceeding beyond the premise that the issue of male-female relations in the Arab-Islamic world cannot be separated from the question of the status of the female, the analysis addresses the subordination/victimization of the female that is encoded in the two texts as well as the conflict between the male and the female that they depict. The readings of the two chosen works, involving an analysis of power at the macrolevel as well as the microlevel of social relations, uncover and elaborate a portrait of the subordination/victimization of the female and of her subversive powers that brings to light the nature of male-female relations in the novels. The fifth chapter includes inferences based on the analysis of power at the macro and micro levels in the two preceding chapters. Synthesizing the analysis in terms of the narrative development within the novels, it proceeds to discuss the deleterious consequences of the conflictual male-female dynamic on the male subject in particular. The chapter also decodes the optimism that emerges in the conclusions of these two novels and explains how Ben Jelloun posits Sufism, a thread within Islam, as a model within which egalitarian and emancipatory male and female identities may emerge and within which a new paradigm of male-female social relations may be constituted.

This volume makes a solid and timely contribution to the field of Francophone literature in general and Ben Jelloun studies in particular. Presenting original analysis and rooted in extensive research, it fulfills a major need in the discipline. As a literary study with solid sociological underpinnings it will provide researchers and scholars, as well as lay readers, a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s writing in terms of content, ideology, and style, in addition to a better understanding of the Maghreb and of Muslim cultures and societies in our present times.

Male-Female Relations in the Literary Maghreb: Poetics and Politics of Violence and Liberation in Francophone North African Literature by Tahar Ben Jelloun
2011 0-7734-1488-6
This book is a study of male-female relations in two acclaimed novels by contemporary Maghrebi Francophone author and French intellectual, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The problematic of male-female relations in the Maghreb, especially as represented by Tahar Ben Jelloun--with its extensive and overarching implications and possibilities within and beyond the realm of literary enquiry--has not received due scholarly and critical attention up until now. This study responds to the need for a holistic understanding of these male-female relations.

This volume makes a solid and timely contribution to the field of Francophone literature in general and Ben Jelloun studies in particular. Presenting original analysis and rooted in extensive research, it fulfills a major need in the discipline. As a literary study with solid sociological underpinnings it will provide researchers and scholars, as well as lay readers, a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s writing in terms of content, ideology, and style, in addition to a better understanding of the Maghreb and of Muslim cultures and societies in our present times.

Marie Bashkirtseff's Life in Self-Portraits (1858-1884): Woman as Artist in 19th Century France
2005 0-7734-6019-5
This scholarly monograph on the Ukranian-born Russian diarist, artist, and sculptor Marie Bashkirtseff (1858-1884) makes an important contribution to a better understanding of the life and art of this important figure as well as to the general fields of art history, social history, and also women’s studies through its depiction of how a woman attempted to chart her own course as an artist in the male-dominated world of French society. Bashkirtseff’s whole approach to life was that of an artist, with her very person itself being a work of art that was on exhibit for the world to see. The author’s fascinating work examines the many ways that Bashkirtseff used the techniques of what she terms “disguise and disclosure” as she experimented with a variety of constructions of herself as a number of different characters over her short life. The twenty-six illustrations that have been included in this book will add greatly to its value.

Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943) An American Poet of the First World War
2015 1-4955-0315-1
An important and engaging study of the original work and writings of Martha Dickinson Bianchi, the niece of poet Emily Dickinson. This book establishes Martha as a prolific poet, novelist, essayist and translator. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Great War, this study will help us to rethink how women experienced that war by identifying a significant woman poet who published during the first two decades of the 20th century but whose work has largely been ignored.

Middle Class Novels of Arnold Bennett and Marie Corelli. Realising the Ideals and Emotions of Late Victorian Women
2010 0-7734-3739-8
This book builds on the large volume of existing literature that details the social, moral and economic context in which women of this era operated. It further complements the smaller body of existing writing that probes the interior lives of women. However, where as these latter works use personal documents, such as diaries and letters, to gain insight into the interior lives of mainly upper middle- and upper-class women, this study concentrates on women from the lower and middle levels of the middle classes and on those from the upper rungs of the lower classes.

Models of Women in Sixteenth-Century French Literature
2007 0-7734-5332-6
This book offers a feminist critique of the so-called “crisis of exemplarity” in late Renaissance texts by comparing and contrasting examples proposed to female readers in two collections of sixteenth-century French short stories, Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires tragiques and Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron. The author proposes that female exemplarity has its own poetics and cannot be considered simply as identical or symmetrical to male exemplarity. What emerges in the course of the study is an understanding of the different ways in which exemplarity enters the life of the female reader: through history, truth, invention, memory and strangeness.

Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance: Representations of Mysterious Female Power
2010 0-7734-3776-2
This study treats the appearance of the monstrous woman in Middle English romance narratives as a self-conscious literary trope that reflects on, and often criticizes, the grounds of philosophical, cultural, and narrative discourse that place women both inside and outside medieval culture, constructing them as Other by biological and social difference yet relying on them for the reproduction and healthy maintenance of the male-governed social order.
Building on current monster theory and adding to research on medieval women in literature, this study reclaims the Middle English romance as a sophisticated literary strategy that, in its narrative reflexivity—and its use of a fictionalized thirdspace—reveals how medieval rhetoric essentially makes women into monsters.

Moroccan Museums as Agents for Women's Empowerment: A Study of Museums in Thirty-Two Cities
2012 0-7734-3080-6
This book documents the development of museums as agents for women’s empowerment in Morocco and how the existing programming and physical facilities of museums can be effectively used to benefit women culturally, politically, economically, and personally. Also, identified are the relevant issues of public/private space, discrimination, image reinterpretation, global awareness and gender equality. It augments the author’s previous publications on women’s empowerment and concludes that Moroccan society is slowly becoming ‘feminized’ due to the emergence of women as civil servants, curators, political activists, voters and participants in the higher educational system.

Narrative Feminine Identity and the Appearance of Woman in Some of the Shorter Fiction of Goethe, Kleist, Hawthorne, and Henry James
2000 0-7734-7809-4
This study shows how the works in question (Goethe’s “Die pilgernde Törin”; Kleist’s “Die Marquise von O. . .”, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and James’s Daisy Miller) can appeal to the reader who identifies a message friendly towards woman and her plight, whether this ‘message’ can be considered a part of the author’s intention or not. These works, through mere description of the impossibility of women characters’ situations without any prescription for change, can often be found to carry meanings more critical of the status quo than at first may seem the case. Such an interpretation often goes against the tradition of criticism that has built up around the works, but it is based on concrete evidence in the text.

National and Female Identity in Canadian Literature, 1965-1980: The Fiction of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel
2012 0-7734-2622-1
This book accounts for the varying popularity of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel according to their treatments of Canadian and female identities during the 1906's and 70's. She demonstrates how their portrayals of female and national characters were understood at the time according to identity issues championed by the Canadian national and second-wave women's movements. As these movements created particular expectations of gender and nationality, critics responded with a commitment to romance rather than realism in their reading practices. Consideration of these novels through historical lens allows her to show how, as political conditions changed, so, too, did understandings of gendered and national identity in the same texts.

Nazi Germany and Its Aftermath in Women Directors' Autobiographical Films of the Late 1970s in the Murderers' House
1992 0-7734-9851-6
An in-depth analysis of three pivotal works for students of German film history and post-war culture as it leads to the present political developments, the study puts films by West German film directors Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jutta Brückner, and Marianne Rosenbaum in the context of both German film politics/feminist film theory and the West German cultural, socio-political context of the last decade. Their films take an insistent close-up look at the average German family during the 1950s and how the fascist experience affected the interpersonal relationships and German children's upbringing in the post-fascist years, showing the deep-reaching transformations individual Germans and the family structure had undergone. The films' points of departure are distinctly new and intend to go beyond the known both in film and in patriarchal culture.

Non-Married Women and Asset Ownership: The Effects of Marital Status and Social Class on Wealth Accumulation
2008 0-7734-5371-7
Using census based data, this study examines whether or not differences in asset ownership for non-married women can be explained by race alone or whether other social and demographic variables help explain observed differences.

One Hundred Year History of Women’s Sports at the University of Nebraska: From Nineteenth- Century Victorian Physical Education to the 1972 Title IX Act
2015 1-4955-0372-0
“Lowenthal’s monograph on the rivalry between Mabel Lee and Louise Pound at the University of Nebraska, fills an important void in the current scholarship on the history of women in intercollegiate athletics and physical education. In many ways, these two women, though they took a decidedly different approach to women’s athletics, were pioneers in the area of women’s physical education.”
-Dr. Jeanne T. Heidler,
Professor of History, Chief American History Division,
United States Air Force Academy



Origins of Women’s Equality in the Seventeenth Century. The Role of London, a Big City, in Changing Attitudes
2016 1-4955-0474-3
For about a hundred years after Charles II reclaimed the throne in 1660 more women than ever before strove to live as independently as men did…the most spectacular bid for freedom was made by girls who became soldiers and sailors…another factor which enabled a women to earn money and gain a measure of liberty and independence was the growth of London…The Restoration saw the beginning of the movement to establish sexual equality. The Author's Overture

Patriarchal Murders of Women: A Sociological Study of Honour- Based Killings in Turkey and in the West
2016 0-7734-4085-2
Most studies on honor killing look at it as an extension of Islamic beliefs. This book takes a different approach in that the concept does not arise from any religious text, but rather is a result of a community that is utterly patriarchal in its social orientation. The oppression of women is not mandated by any religion, but rather it is a result of a community where women do not have a viable voice and as a result are treated violently. Over five thousand women are subjected to honor killings each year and this is a moving testament to solving the problem. It shows solutions to the problem of the honor killing of women and argues that the practice is not mandated by Islamic texts, but is a result of a patriarchal social context where women are subjugated.

Performative and Textual Imaging of Women on the Irish Stage, 1820-1920
2007 0-7734-5492-6
This book explores the way women, specifically women perceived or presented as Irish, were represented on the Dublin stage by playwrights and actors from the 1820s to the 1920s. Yet, rather than being a feminist reading of modern Irish theatre, this book presents a nationalist and socialist reading of the theatre in its cultural and historical contexts. Arguably, the developmental process that Ireland and its theatre experienced from the eve of Catholic Emancipation to the radical idealism of the 1916 Easter Rising was one of national and social advancement. The radical agitators near the end of this period, including those in the theatre, sought self-determination for Ireland and, more importantly, self-determination for all of the Irish regardless of gender, class, or religion. This book’s argument is that as the stage image of the Irish woman modernized from the early nineteenth century into the twentieth, it mirrored the modernization of Ireland.

Personal Moments in the Lives of Victorian Women: Selections From Their Autobiographies
2008 0-7734-4888-8
Examines extracts from the autobiographies of fifty-two nineteenth-century British women from across the social spectrum and their attitudes towards liminal female experiences.

Personal Narratives of Romanian Women During the Cold War (1945-1989) Varieties of the Autobiographical Genre
2015 1-4955-0373-9
The volume focuses on a series of case studies which cover a wide range of experiences and ages. Thus, it aims to provide the reader with a relevant image of the writing of these female intellectuals and the paradox Romanian women occupied during the Cold War period. The cases discussed are relevant both for their diverse narrative formulas and for their content, including their historical meanings as well as their multidisciplinary appeal.

Plays by Women About Women Play Writers: How Women Create Myths About Themselves
2009 0-7734-4708-3
This study explores the process of mythmaking in plays written by women. By writing the lives of female writers and rewriting the literary characters, which have been created by male writers, women playwrights assume the role of a mythmaker. This study evaluates the constantly developing process of women’s mythmaking/mythbreaking in Liz Lochhead’s Blood and Ice, Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Letters Home, Bilgesu Erenus’ Halide, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, Bryony Lavery’s Ophelia, and Zeynep Avc?’s Gilgamesh.

Plays of Eva Gore-Booth
1991 0-7734-9912-1
Eva Gore-Booth, active feminist and pacifist, and sister of the Irish rebel leader Constance Markievicz, published at least nineteen volumes of poems, plays, and prose during her lifetime. Included under this title are all five of Gore-Booth's plays; well-wrought, actable dramas drawing at times on the same materials Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, and AE molded into Ireland's literary renaissance. Supplemented by introductions, a bibliography, and appendices including relevant notes from the 1929 Poems, materials from a rare 1916 edited version of a longer play, and a chronology.

Poetry of Clara Eugenia Ronderos Seasons of Exile (estaciones En Exilio)
2015 1-4955-0284-8
“This collection represents search for the past and an intellectual and sensual awareness of being in the present... Ronderos is a poet of utmost skill and sensitivity… The translations by Berg and Ronderos capture with expertise and artistry the sounds, images and ideas of the original Spanish wonderfully.” –Eileen Mary O’Connor, Professor of Spanish and English, Lesley University

Political Journalism by Mexican Women During the Age of Revolution, 1876-1940
2006 0-7734-5874-3
This book is the only comprehensive work on the subject of Mexican women’s involvement in journalism from its hidden beginnings in colonial times to the mid-twentieth century. By 1940, a few women had become star reporters in Mexico City, the geographical focus of this study. After an introductory chapter on the colonial roots of women’s journalism, the book focuses on the revolutionary period from 1876 to 1940. During these tumultuous years, a handful of extraordinary women broke into journalism in order to promote various social and political causes. In the process, they expanded women’s journalism beyond the society pages, and made political journalism a respectable career for women. Short excerpts from the works of these pioneering women appear throughout Pouwels' book. In addition, each chapter closes with a full-length article by one of the writers featured in that chapter. The end-of-chapter selections, never before republished, both exemplify the writers’ works and summarize the burning issues of their times. All primary and secondary-source excerpts in Spanish appear also in English translation, making the material accessible to interdisciplinary women’s studies scholars and students who must rely on English translations.

In addition to synthesizing the historical and biographical data, this book compiles and evaluates the widely dispersed, and sometimes contradictory, secondary-source material. The index and exhaustive bibliography, which are usually lacking in Mexican sources, will facilitate future research in this area.

Politics of Wealth in Southwestern Nigeria. Why Ondo's Women Went to War
2013 0-7734-4308-8
This fascinating ethnographic study investigates gendered power in contemporary Nigeria in order to provide an understanding of The Ondo Women’s War of 1985. Sanctioned by Ondo’s female chiefs in the name of their female king, this tax protest escalated into rebellion when ordinary women threatened the use of their ultimate weapon –their own nakedness. Focusing on a specific Yoruba case history, this book challenges many western feminist assumptions about women’s lack of status in Africa.


Portraits of One Hundred Catholic Women of Maine
2012 0-7734-3914-5
In a narrative that covers these women who shaped history from the colonial era down to the present day, the author focuses on those who were influential among the Native Americans as well as among the immigrants, including those of French, Irish, Italian, and other backgrounds who helped shape business, education, health care, and even religion itself. Of particular relevance were the Sisters of Mercy who did so much to develop hospitals, orphanages, and schools in the Pine Tree State.

Portrayal of Woman's Sentimental Power in American Domestic Fiction
2007 0-7734-5438-1
This work seeks to rediscover the fiction of Mary Jane Holmes (1825-1907) and examine contrasting factors which made her work popular in the nineteenth century but virtually unknown in the twentieth century. The emphasis of the study is on cultural poetics and feminism, establishing a critique of how late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century critics decontextualized Holme’s work which resulted in their inability to recognize the cultural work that her fiction performed for both the middle-class and mass readership of her day. In contrast to such readings, this study constitutes an argument for the relational value of Holmes’s narratives. By focusing on the work of such critics as Jane Tompkins, Nancy Chodorow, Stephan Greenblatt, Mary Louise Kete, Joanne Dobson and Carol Gilligan, a new and much needed theory is established for examining the texts that appeal to Holmes’s audience, while uncovering the cultural value of popular sentimental works such as those that Holmes creates. The theory developed is then utilized to examine various aspects of relational capacity that women writers present and that their works are based on, enabling them to relate to their culture and readers. The theory provides a means of analyzing popular women writers who have been undervalued by the academy, which has been founded on masculine doctrine.

Portrayals of Joan of Arc in Film: From Historical Joan to Her Mythological Daughters
2008 0-7734-4945-0
Analyzes how Joan of Arc’s heroism is deliberately undermined in film through the repetition of interpretations of her which enforce conventional patriarchal constructs and limit her heroism. This book contains four black and white photographs and five color photographs.

Portuguese Women’s Writing 1972 to 1986 Reincarnations of a Revolution
2000 0-7734-7517-6
This is a study of narrative fiction by Portuguese woman writers immediately before the 25 April Revolution and during the post-revolution and transitions period of 1974-1986. Departing from the Three Marias’ a Novas Cartas Portuguesas as an influential turning point for women’s writing, the study goes on to analyze novels by Teolinda Gersão, Hélia Correia, Olga Gonçalves, and Lídia Jorge. An exploration of women’s sexually embodied subjectivity not only offers new perspectives on Portuguese history and society but also demands a broader reconceptualization of the relationship between alterity and representation.

Presentation of Racism in Contemporary German and Austrian Theatre
2007 0-7734-5499-3
This study explores the representation of ethnic minorities and the construction of national identities in contemporary plays written by German and Austrian women. The study draws on approaches of cultural and postcolonial studies, African-American and other minority feminist criticism as well as Anglo-American and German feminist scholarship. The plays examined in the book include Kerstin Specht’s Lila, Elfriede Müller’s Goldener Oktober, Bettina Fless’s Asyl, Gundi Ellert’s Jagdzeit, Marlene Streeruwitz’s Bagnacavallo, and Elfriede Jelinek’s Stecken, Stab und Stangl. This book evaluates the characters in terms of visual representation, the way in which they communicate with other characters, and the characters’ involvement in the development of the play. The work demonstrates that the playwrights assign minority characters a restricted verbal capacity that limits their influence on the action of the play, thereby reducing such characters to function merely as catalysts for problems of the German and Austrian communities. The playwrights write with a well-meaning intention but some cannot avoid the trap of their position as self-appointed spokesperson while other offer new positions from where they speak and avoid reproducing stereotypes of the “Other”. This work will appeal to scholars in German studies, feminist studies and drama.

Psychoanalysis and the Portrayal of Desire in Twentieth Century Fiction
2007 0-7734-5559-0
This book explores the concept of desire through psychoanalytic theory, namely in the work of Freud and Lacan, in Feminist theory and in contemporary critical theory and literature. Wide ranging in its pursuits, the book examines what Gorton terms ‘critical scenes of desire’ in literary and artistic examples in order to argue that desire, as a concept, allows for moments of production and transformation. Unlike theorisations that situate desire as ‘lack’, Gorton argues that desire can be reconceived as progressive and multiple. She also suggests that there is a desire on the part of the reader or critic which creates a second ‘scene of desire’ in which the reader tries to ‘solve’ the enigma of the text. In other words, there is a tendency on the part of the critic and reader to want to fill in the gaps that desire creates in the narrative. This book does not seek to be comprehensive in its theorisation of the concept of desire, nor does it attempt to offer a history of the concept within cultural theory. Instead, it examines the way we read for desire and argues that the concept of desire can be found in these readings as progressive and transformative.

Readers’ Response to Isabel Allende’s Fiction: A Critical Study of Her Cross-Cultural Popularity in Britain and Spain
2014 1-4955-0280-5
An original piece of scholarship that will interest a wide range of readers. This research is innovative in other ways too. Methodologically, it approaches readers through the under studied cultural form of the reading group. As a whole, this project contributes to an understanding of Allende’s cross-cultural popularity by situating readers at the centre.

Remaking China's Public Philosophy and Chinese Women's Liberation
2006 0-7734-5809-3
Considering both significance and limitation of the existing gender perspective, this study views women’s liberation as a comprehensive project and part of the process of China’s democratization by using the prism of “public philosophy” to examine Chinese women’s liberation in a global context. Drawing the lessons from the past four revolutions in modern China, the author asserts that China needs the fifth revolution – remaking China’s public philosophy in order for Chinese women to achieve their full liberation in communist China. The author challenges the conventional Western and Eastern European opinions and refutes the official Chinese gender ideology, arguing that Confucianism is not the source of women’s oppression, Western feminism is not a panacea to women’s liberation, and Marxism cannot be the guiding principle of the Chinese women’s movement. To achieve the ultimate goal of women’s liberation, it is urgent for Chinese women to increase self-consciousness of women’s liberation and promote an independent women’s movement to fight for women’s rights in every aspect of Chinese society by focusing on five keys of women’s liberation. This study will contribute not only to China’s peaceful transition from the communist regime to a democratic one, but also to Chinese women’s liberation in a global context.

Representation of Women in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Texts
2005 0-7734-6293-7
This work explores the discussion of the idealization of women in medieval and Renaissance texts. This book has three main goals: to show textual connections between literary masterpieces (and thus, delineate a literary history from within the texts) in order to show how authors consciously or unconsciously interact with one another regardless of time and boundaries; to present biographical and autobiographical heroines, their work and legacy; and finally to grasp man's imaginary world of women.

Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War a Critical Approach
2013 0-7734-3061-X
Scholars have remarked that World War I offered women possibilities that were not available to them prior to the war. One could ask if this is also true about the Spanish Civil War. While Spanish literature provided intricate, vibrant portraits of women and gender relations, the texts Bralove discusses maintained traditional, home-bound, nurturing, supportive, and non-combative roles for women whose lives centered on domesticity and/or men.

The use of force against undefended civilian targets during the Spanish Civil War, to an extent not previously seen in modern Western Europe, created a fundamental change in the landscape of war. One famous reaction to this was Picasso’s well known painting Guernica, which was created in part to build support for the Republican cause. The painting depicts a bombing in a marketplace, and it implies that there are no borders between home and battle fronts.

In discussing the gender ‘road not taken’ there are discussions of biographical elements, personal, political, and intellectual, that underlie the connections between writers and their works. This might shed light on how authors treated gender, and most significantly what they did not say in their novels with this respect.

Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War: A Critical Approach
2013 0-7734-3061-X
Several authors used depictions of gender in their novels to make overt statements about the politics of Spain at the time. During the Spanish Civil War, battle lines were drawn, and the French public wanted to understand the burgeoning trends of nearby fascist dictatorships that were overtaking Europe. Novels served as one manner of depicting Right-wing politics as ‘morally depraved’ while Leftists were viewed as being highly evolved. Sides were being determined through these fictional narratives, and it became obvious that Fascism was something to fight against.

Representations of Gender and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Irish Drama by Women
2010 0-7734-1421-5
Departing from the assumption that female-authored drama has developed its own strategies or revitalized older ones, this book traces dramatization of the specific female experience on the contemporary Irish stage. This work also rescues from obscurity plays written by lesser known authors.

Representations of the Island of Caribbean Literature Caribbean Women Redefine Their Homelands
2009 0-7734-4909-4
This book analyzes the literary representation of the island in Caribbean women’s literature as a key component of the gendered construction of diasporic identity.

Reproductive Lives of Twenty Middle Class North American Women. Autoethnographical Analyses with Bibliographical Extensions
2015 1-4955-0391-7
This collection contains twenty-three chapters which chronicle women’s lived reproductive lives beginning with menarche and ending with daughters who were caretakers of their own mothers as they were dying. The contributors are women from universities in the United States and Canada.

Rethinking Jane Austen’s lady Susan: The Case for Her Failed Epistolary Novella
2010 0-7734-3646-4
This full-length study of Lady Susan refutes the long-accepted, unchallenged critical view of the novella put forward by Austen scholars that largely deems the work to be unsatisfactory and marginal. Eschewing the idea that this novella is stylistically regressive, the study argues that Lady Susan was left unfinished for political and commercial reasons.

Role of Firearms in Domestic Violence. A Study of Victims, Police, and Domestic Violence Shelter Workers in West Virginia
2000 0-7734-7893-0
Examines the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role of firearms in violent acts, in an attempt to assist policy-makers and NCHIP in facilitating the most effective response to domestic violence. The research was conducted by faculty in the Criminal Justice Department at Marshall University as part of a continuing commitment to education, training, and research about domestic violence. Included are a literature review, analyses of primary and secondary data collected, and recommendations for policy and training.

Role of Irish Women in the Writings of Edna O’brien: Mothering the Continuation of the Irish Nation
2010 0-7734-3672-3
This book examines the interconnections between nationalism and sexuality in Edna O’Brien’s writing. The work explores the connections between Irishness and sexual reproduction that define women as good Irish citizens, exposes the dysfunctions with rural communities that strive to contain women with limited roles and rewrites them to offer her female characters increased agency. This book contains two color photographs and eight black and white photographs.

Role of Motherhood in History. Factors Neglected by Patriarchal and Feminist Scholars
2015 1-4955-0393-X
“The issues raised here deserve close attention. If the maternal role in the cultural preparation of sons, and therefore in the transmission of culture across generations, has been largely overlooked, as I believe it has, then the time has come to ignore it no longer. It has important implications, perhaps unwelcome ones, some will feel, for the way we think about our schools and our families, and how we go about nurturing and advancing our civilizational heritage.”
-Dr. Margaret King
The Author




Role of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion. A Structuralist Study of the crimen Incesti
2010 0-7734-4765-2
This study introduces a question, somewhat disregarded or discounted in recent years, regarding the link between the Vestals and early Christian consecrated virgins. In a political interpretation of the ancient Roman virginity cult, this work demonstrates that female virginity was understood by both Christian and non-Christian Romans as a symbolic analogue of the securely intact body politic.

Romance, Gender, and Religion in a Vietnamese- American Community Tales of God and Beautiful Women
1995 0-7734-9087-6
Offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of Vietnamese-American women and their roles in their community. Conflict is generated by the existence of competing traditions, and this text focuses on the conflict between Confucianism and romanticism in the Vietnamese tradition. It also utilizes insights developed in postmodern analytical circles to explain the community's seemingly contradictory reliance on opposing traditions. The study avoids the simplistic patriarchal focus, recognising that the community is much more pluralistic and complex: rather, it is a library of conflicting texts about gender, romance, and religion.

Sara La Obrera Y Otros Cuentos: El Repertorio Femenino De Ana RoquÉ
2009 0-7734-4887-X
This study analyzes the literary importance of the collection of stories entitled Sara la obrera (y otros cuentos) (1895) by Puerto Rican author Ana Roqué. Its primary focus is the concept of ‘woman’ through a repertoire of female characters that, due to its own variety, challenge the uniform aspect embedded in that concept. By underscoring it literary value and including an edition of this text, this book re-inscribes Sara la obrera (y otros cuentos) in the area of Puerto Rican and women’s literature.

Sarah Orne Jewett’s Feminine Pastoral Vision
2002 0-7734-6990-7


Schopenhauer, Women’s Literature and the Legacy of Pessimism in the Novels of George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing
2001 0-7734-7437-4
Eliot, Schreiner, Woolf, and Lessing are among the women writers of the British tradition whose work reveals a debt to Schopenhauer’s theory of the will and his aesthetic concepts. “In addition to rehabilitating Schopenhauer’s work generally for others to consider, Dr. LeFew-Blake then applied her insights to several women writers whose credentials as feminist thinkers have never been in doubt. This practical application of some fairly abstruse philosophical thinking is indeed a major accomplishment. . . . Dr. LeFew-Blake asks experienced readers of these four authors to reexamine familiar territory, but now to do so with the name and thinking of Arthur Schopenhauer in the forefront of their perceptions. . . . This book is indeed a splendid reconsideration of a hitherto neglected influence on the writings of women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” – John V. Knapp “It is certain to provide a substantial, perhaps major contribution to gender studies, women’s fiction, and most likely to arouse feminist interest in the philosopher. . . . The prose is polished and flows with a refreshingly jargon-free clarity and precision. . . . Textual and critical sources are deftly integrated with the author’s own discourse, so that the reader feels comfortably informed.” – Daniel Dervin

Shifting Points of View in Virginia Woolf’s Novel Mrs. Dalloway
2011 0-7734-1560-2
This study of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway should be read as a companion to the novel, as it helps clarify the shifting and often confusing points of view.

Single Motherhood in 20th Century Ireland
2006 0-7734-5621-X
This book explores the cultural representations of unmarried motherhood in 20th-century Ireland from a variety of perspectives (literary and film studies, applied sociology and history) in order to analyze different discourses of femininity and motherhood. The book analyzes cultural artifacts in which the central theme is unmarried motherhood in an Irish context in order to outline and describe the different strategies at play in the representation, negotiation and contestation of traditional discourses of femininity which marginalize and, in some cases, erase women’s experience of lone parenthood.

This book emerges as a unique and up-to-date collaborative work of international scholars which contributes to the study of the aforementioned discourse. The collection achieves a detailed study of cultural practices from a variety of perspectives which include not only close literary analysis in the light of post-colonial and feminist theory but explorations in feminist history, sociology, film studies and cultural studies. The book examines how the discourse of deviance progressively becomes dominant in post-famine Ireland to refer to any sort of deviation from the female norm, and it explores the representation and denunciation of this discourse in a wide range of cultural artifacts in order to show their value as contributions to the re-inscription of women in social history.

Sixteenth Century French Women Writers
2003 0-7734-6666-5
This study describes the ideas and works of women, mostly poets, who all had links to Marguerite d’Angoulême. Anne Malet de Graville was lady in waiting at the court of Claude de France, and made adaptations of two old texts. The Lyonnese school produced poets. Jeanne de Jussie, a Catholic nun, was driven out of Switzerland to a convent in Annecy, France, where she became abbess. She wrote a book wherein she described the horror of the persecution. Marie Dentière was a former abbess who abandoned her Catholic faith and wrote two books showing her as a strong defender of women. Camille de Morel belonged to an illustrious French family, and wrote poetry in Latin. This study provides biographies and studies of the surviving works of these women writers.

Social Construction of Western Women's Rhetoric Before 1750
1996 0-7734-8851-0
This volume examines the rhetorical strategies used by Sappho, Christine de Pizan, Lady Elizabeth Cary, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu to speak for the female experience. These women became autonomous subjects of discourse by adapting the language of the dominant Western tradition to speak from the position of women. The introduction explains the epistemological reasons why social constructionism is the critical lens for this analysis. Discussion chapters treat the rhetorical context in which each woman wrote, including a discussion of Aristotelian misogyny; the ways each woman justified her authorial voice to express peculiarly female experience; and the rhetorical choices each made at the register, genre, and discourse levels, which reveal their degree of authorial confidence. The conclusion illustrates how they spoke from the margins of male experience by becoming culturally multilingual.

Sociological Study of Women’s Educational Networks in India: Changing Lives From the Ground Up
2009 0-7734-4740-7
The analysis of educational networks from a feminist perspective has not been substantially researched internationally. This study investigates the potential for networking as a leadership tool for change in not only classrooms, but also in school systems and the political arena.

Storytelling Songs of Two Zulu Women
2006 0-7734-5741-0
This is a study of two Zulu women, storytellers, one who performed stories in 1868, the other in 1972. Lydia umkaSethemba and Asilita Philisiwe Khumalo are two African women, one hundred years apart, both accomplished storytellers: their stories, in their similarities and variations, provide insights into the nature of stories and the evolving of stories from one generation to the next. At the core of their stories are identical structural underpinnings; the facade of those stories varies to the point that the narratives seem wholly unlike. Each of the women takes a traditional tale from the oral repertory, and, as storytellers have done from the beginning, organizes tradition as a context for the contemporary world. In each case, an ideal world is envisioned, for Lydia umkaSethemba a world of plenty, a realm distinct from the reality of her environs in the 1860s. For Asilita Philisiwe Khumalo, it is a world of freedom, an escape from the apartheid reality that characterized her country in the 1970s. The two raconteurs build their works around familiar swallowing monster stories, conventional movements into the heavens, seasoned tales dealing with transformation from one being to another. Each takes the familiar and makes it peculiarly her own.

Strategies to Overcome Oppression and Discrimination for Marginalized Groups
2001 0-7734-7334-3
Provides a comprehensive portrayal of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups in society. The book explores racial and ethnic minorities, children, gays and lesbians, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, poverty, the elderly, and death and dying. The study integrates and dissects the complexity associated with understanding underlying causes and conditions that hinder populations at risk from attaining mainstream access. The text provides multiformity in strategies that can assist social workers in altering social outcomes, promoting a pivotal active emphasis on advocacy, empowerment, and social change.

Study of the Place of Women in the Poetry and Prose Works of John Milton
2000 0-7734-7730-6
This study outlines the origins of Milton’s idiosyncratic ambivalence towards woman and charts its developmental character in and out of poetry and prose. It includes an introductory survey of influential critical opinion on the subject, including feminist readings. Subsequent chapters contain close textual analysis which attempts to uncover the secret animus of Milton’s major and minor poetry and the domestic prose works selected.

Subversion of Class and Gender Roles in the Novels of Lindsey Collen (1948- ), Mauritian Social Activist and Writer
2010 0-7734-1428-2
This book is the first full-length study of the literary output of South African-born, Mauritian-based novelist, Lindsey Collen. This study tackles these aspects of her writing from a cultural studies standpoint, encompassing both a socio-anthropological reading that identifies the creative energies that forge new connections and a literary analysis of the metaficitional potential of her novels as vehicles for the reassessment of social, cultural and historical conventions.

Sudanese Women in the United States
2006 0-7734-5675-9
This is a qualitative study of the experiences of circumcised Sudanese women in the United States. It looks into how immigration has affected the cultural perceptions of women, in particular their views about female circumcision (FC). Questions and conversations with the women in this study are focused on what has changed in their lives that resulted in a change of attitude or behavior. Three focus groups of women of different age groups participated in the research. One woman of each group was interviewed in depth. Open-ended questions and semi structured interviews were conducted.

The findings included changes in married women’s perception of their culture and a high level of awareness of why the change came about; a profound change in gender relations inside the home; acceptance of these changes, as good and necessary, despite strong ties with the home culture; and most importantly, an activism side to their change of attitude towards FC; it is no longer lip service to change, they have decided to take action and protect their daughters from FC. They do not see themselves as changing the culture by giving up FC, as they believe that the culture is to protect virginity and curb sexual freedom, whereas FC is only a process within the culture to ensure that virginity. They will keep the culture and do away with FC as a harmful process. The study found that this activism edge stemmed from their personal experiences of humiliation and horror during childbirth.

Younger unmarried women saw FC as a practice that deprived them of their bodily integrity and took away their ability to make their own decisions. They are still fettered by the continued control of their families in the Sudan and of the immigrant community that does not look kindly at those who break away from the culture.

Older women did not change their mind about the “benefits” of FC but saw it as detrimental to their granddaughters’ health and status in the United States. Since it is meant to benefit and young girls would face harm rather than good, they expressed willingness to accept uncircumcised granddaughters in America.

Sur Les Femmes En France Au Dix-Huitieme Siecle
2007 0-7734-5551-5
This work questions the position of women in France during the 18th century. The value of anonymous works published during the Enlightenment on the rights of women is noted by several known and appreciated authors in the introduction, and the role of philosophers of the period. For these reasons the author chooses to no longer concentrate on Descartes’s rationality, which claims that all that exists has its justification. Instead, the author’s hypothesis is verifiable, based on the relationships between assumptions and the facts guaranteed by empirical data.

Ten Remarkable Women of the Tudor Courts and Their Influence in Founding of the New World, 1530-1630
2000 0-7734-7717-9


Tension Between Women's Rights and Religions
2006 0-7734-5579-5
This study considers the extent to which localizing the integration of rights, cultures and religion: 1) challenges the universality and secularization of the rights discourse and practice globally; 2) bridges the disparity between the rhetoric and implementation of women’s-human rights in global and local contexts; and 3) embodies an Asian-Malaysian feminist standpoint epistemology that has the potential to reconcile the impasse of universal versus cultural relativism of rights. The narratives of 25 women and two men interviewed as faith-rights-based activists encapsulate ways of knowing and doing women’s-human rights in epitomizing what it means to radicalize rights and religion in spiritualizing politics and practicing spirituality. This study shows how critical relativism as a moral and political imperative more effectively advances and not impedes women’s rights as human rights within local and global contexts. In doing so, this study offers a solution to the impasse of universalism versus relativism of rights in the rhetoric and practice of women’s human rights. This multi-disciplinary study will be insightful to scholars in Women’s Studies, Religious Studies and Development Studies. It would also appeal to women’s human rights activists in serving as an advocacy tool in weaving rights and religions within local and global contexts.

Textual Construction of Space in the Writing of Renaissance Women
2006 0-7734-5789-5
This book examines complex constructions of social space in the texts of four Renaissance women. In the rapidly transforming social space of 16th and early 17th century England, Isabella Whitney, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Hoby Russell and Margaret Hoby created alternative spatial narratives that participated in, as well as challenged, the influential forces of their changing environment. These forces included the elevation of linear perspective, mathematical advances, and developing concepts of private ownership of property. Amidst these developments the women discussed offered alternative constructions of social spaces through their texts that directly confronted the many social restrictions women faced in contemporary life. This work places the texts examined within a theoretically informed discussion of the social spaces of Renaissance England, both physical and imagined. It challenges many ideas concerning a “woman’s place” offering instead a more complete and complex account of the spaces and places lived and imagined by Renaissance women.

Theme of
2007 0-7734-5364-4
This book takes a comparative approach to women's travel writing from three centuries, in English, French, Polish, and Russian: it focuses on narrative strategies used by female travel writers. Female travel writing before the twentieth century shows parallels and continuities in its use of the theme of departure into a different sphere or convention. From travel into a utopian world where women rule and inhabitants live in harmony, to travel into the private world of subjectivity and poetic inspiration, female heroines venture outside the realities that bind them. The works discussed, written by Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn, Françoise de Graffigny, Claire de Duras and Unca Eliza Winkfield, to Maria Sadowska and Karolina Pavlova, exploit alternate world images to achieve the goals of giving female characters freedom to be independent.

Theme of Peace and War in Virginia Woolf’s Writings: Essays in Her Political Philosophy
2010 0-7734-3857-2
This collection of essays examines how Virginia Woolf’s feminism, pacifism and understanding of war influenced her literary output on the topic.

Theological and Ethics Writings of Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904)
2002 0-7734-7180-4
Frances Power Cobbe is best known to scholars of 19th century Britain for her participation in such causes as workhouse reform, education for poor children, women’s rights, and anti-vivisection. Her social activism was founded on strongly-held religious beliefs and she wrote prolifically on religion for fifty years. This book examines Cobbe’s writings on religion, ethics, and morality, and traces the development of her thought over the course of her life. Cobbe’s Theism, critique of Christianity, and her interest in the tension between science and religion moved her from the safe Victorian female realm of devotion and piety to the contentious male realm of philosophical exchange. Her voluminous writings offer a valuable case study for the intersection of women’s history, the history of religion, and intellectual history.

Traditional Women on the Mediterranean Island of Djerba ( North Africa): A Narrative Anthropology
2011 0-7734-1307-3
This study is a holistic analysis of Djerha's female culture and customs, from agricultural practices and dietary traditions to rites of marriage and widowhood. Included in this work are oral testimonies of the oldest women in Midoun community, as well as documentation of folksongs, ceremonies and traditions. A CD with full color pictures and descriptions of material culture is included. This book contains eleven color photographs and sixteen black and white photographs.

Two Women Writers and Their Italian Tours: Mary Shelley's Rambles in Germany and Italy 1840, 1842 and 1843 and Lucja Rautenstrauchowa's in and Beyond the Alps
2014 0-7734-4325-8
A critical analysis of the form of the Romantic travelogue, making use of material that comes from two women writers from two different parts of Europe, but refers to the same subject matter- i.e. mid-19th century travels in Italy.
A gem to attract a wide readership. This book will interest researchers in nineteenth-century literature as well as comparative literary scholars and appeal to the non-specialist readers and enthusiasts of Romantic travel writing and women’s literature.



Una BibliografÍa Anotada De Obras Escritas Por Mujeres En Euskera/an Annotated Bibliography of Works Written by Women in Basque
2003 0-7734-6877-3
This is the most exhaustive bibliography compiled on Basque works written by women, since their first poems in the late 18th and 19th centuries through the year 2000. The work is divided into two parts: literature for adults and literature for children, which is then further divided into narrative, poetry, and drama. Works are entered alphabetically by author. Complete bibliographical reference to each work is given and a brief commentary on the topic of each work is included.

Valor of Male and Female Warriors Around the World
2006 0-7734-5927-8
This book examines human courage and cowardice in combat in many parts of the world in recent times and in the distant past. The result is an introduction to an essential attribute of humanity – the quest for self-respect and the respect of others. The first chapter examines the role of women in war, from the earliest days to the present time. It presents a detailed review of the “Amazons,” women warriors of West Africa. Chapter Two reviews warfare in Africa, particularly the shocking Zulu defeat of British regular troops in 1879. The next chapters discuss the “Charge of the Light Brigade” during the Crimean War, the epic battle of the Alamo, the War of 1812, the battle of Waterloo and the American Civil War, the Vietnam War, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Inca, and chapter eight reviews combat in India and Tibet. The final chapter looks at warfare in the world’s many small societies.

Verbal Autobiographies of Contemporary Peruvian Women
2003 0-7734-6834-X
These pieces include interviews across the Peruvian human scale and landscape: freed prisoners and police women, feminists and traditionalists, servants and human rights lawyers, doctors and market women, black, native American, mestizos, and whites. The collection offers English speaking readers a crosscut of a variety of personalities as well as the authentic flavor of various language uses. Most of the interviewed women differ in their own use of language from one another, according to walk of life, background, personality. The study seeks to convey their liveliness both in their language and in their resilience despite tremendously adverse conditions.

Victorian Spinster and Emerging Female Identities: A Critical Study of fin de siecle literature and Culture
2015 1-4955-0297-X
A fresh point of inquiry on the ‘spinster figure’ that offers a compelling reconsideration of gender, literature and culture in late nineteenth century England. This interdisciplinary approach to sources, including novels, popular press articles, book reviews, medical and psychological texts, as well as travel narratives reveals the ubiquitous nature of the ‘spinster figure’, which was invoked in creative, critical, political and medical debates of the late nineteenth century.

Views of Women's Lives in Western Tradition Frontiers of the Past and the Future
1990 0-88946-123-6
Essays include: "Passages to Gender Histories," "Surveying Clues to Forgotten Pasts," and "Surveying Our Inheritances" by Frances Richardson Keller; "The Myths of the Golden Age and the Fall: From Matriarchy to Patriarchy" by Elizabeth Judd; "The Amazon Legends" by Abby Wettan Kleinbaum; "The Black Madonna of Montserrat" by Mary Elizabeth Perry; "Etxeko-Andrea: The Missing Link? Women in Basque Culture" by Roslyn M. Frank; "Prostitution in Paris, 1789-1793: The Revolutionary Approach to Reforming and Regulating the `Filles Publiques'" by Jeanne Ojala; and "After Sappho, Aspasia, Xanthippe: Women as Equals in the Writings of Xenophon" by Joan Markley Todd and Joseph Cono.

Violent Woman as a New Theatrical Character Type
2007 0-7734-5445-4
This book analyzes plays by Canadian women that deal with real-life incidents of violent women. In each of the plays under consideration, the playwright is theatrically engaged with the social meaning of the woman’s violent act, asking how it was interpreted in public discourse, and investigating the implications of that interpretation. The female playwrights in this study have each made individual choices about the form in which they will tackle their tricky subject matter, and their choices make for varied and intriguing relationships with their audiences. Each play is also placed in the context of its social milieu by means of an examination of some of the inter-textual discourse surrounding its appearance. In every case, the fundamental question remains: what and how does the violent woman mean?

Welsh Noblewomen in the Thirteenth Century: An Historical Study of Medieval Welsh Law and Gender Roles
2009 0-7734-4672-9
This book analyzes the role of Welsh noblewomen thirteenth-century Welsh history. It discusses their absence from this history until recently and examines several outstanding Welsh noblewomen. The women studied include the mothers, wives and daughters of the native Welsh rulers of Gwynedd as well as noblewomen from northern Powys, Cydewain, and Ceredigion. This book contains twelve color photographs.

What Books by African American Women Were Acquired by American Academic Libraries. A Study of Institutional Legitimation, Exclusion, and Implicit Censorship
2009 0-7734-3792-4
This study examines the publication, review and collection of fiction and poetry titles written by African-American women, published between 1980-1990 by Association of Research Libraries member academic libraries located in the United States. It is an examination of institutionalized legitimizing social forces and their influence on the collection and sanctioning of knowledge as expressed through academic library collections.

White Slave Owners Breeding and Selectively Breeding Themselves with Their Black Female Slaves and Girls: Why Black Americans are Not Descendants of Africans or African Slaves
2014 0-7734-4487-4
Contrary to prior scientific and popular belief over slavery, this book explicitly and unequivocally demonstrates that the majority of Black Americans of the 20th and 21st Centuries do not have African slave heritage history. These descendants are neither Black Americans nor African Americans, but White because of their paternal ancestry as a result of the selective breeding practices of White slave owners with their Black female slaves.

Why British Black Women Have Difficulty Finding Employment: A Sociological Analysis
2012 0-7734-2943-3
Showunmi utilizes first-hand interviews with unemployed black women in Britain to ascertain reasons why they cannot find work. The author studies the various barriers that impede Black Women from succeeding in employment and in education. Her conclusions are that racial discrimination along with their subjective racial and gendered identity hinders their forward progress in employment situations, and in educational settings.

Why Donor Insemination Requires Developments in Family Law
2007 0-7734-5257-5
This book examines the legal framework and practices surrounding licensed donor insemination in Britain at the end of the twentieth-century, together with a detailed consideration of the legislative and policy based changes in the early years of the twenty-first century. Drawing on interviews with single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples, this analysis focuses on the practical effects of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 for women and men who had sought access to and used this procedure. This qualitative study explores the complexities and significance of the legal construction of parenthood and ‘the family’, together with the (re)configurations of biogenetic ties in the context of families with children conceived through donor insemination. ‘The family’ is, and remains, a powerful normalising presence negotiated by subjects seeking to make sense of ‘assisted’ kinship. Nevertheless, as this study shows, the multiple ways of being or doing ‘the family’ suggests it does not embody an essential truth.

Why Women are Beaten and Killed. Sociological Predictors of Femicide
2010 0-7734-3607-3
This study explores the patterns of femicide in 106 medium and large U.S. cities through the examination of the inequalities of race, gender, and economics.

Author's Abstract
The higher women climb in society, the more likely a woman will become a victim of fatal violence against women (femicide). This study explores the patterns of femicide in medium and large U.S. cities through the examination of the macro-structural inequalities of race, gender, and poverty, which contribute to femicide rates. Using path analysis, this study shows a complex view of femicide grounded in the feminist intersectionality perspective that women’s lives are shaped by the interlocking oppressions of gender, race, and class. The results describe how intersectional discrimination predicts high femicide rates for both black women and white women, but when gender, race, and class are examined separately, there are significant differences. As women gain gendered status, both black women and white women are more likely to be murdered, which can be explained by a backlash against the advances women have made in society. Moreover, black women are more likely to be murdered in a city with greater racial discrimination and white women are more likely to be murdered in a city with a lower economic status than other cities.


Wives of the Canterbury Tales and the Tradition of the Valiant Woman of Proverbs 31:10-31
1992 0-7734-9803-6
This study examines Chaucer's use of the medieval literary topos which categorized women as either good or evil, and his use of the Song of the Valiant Woman, a pericope appended to the book of Proverbs. It surveys the tradition of Hebraic and Christian commentary on the valiant woman; the significance of the Proverbs epilogue in the works of other authors; analyzes Chaucer's six thematic images of the mulier fortis as mirrored and distorted in the wives' behavior; discusses the implications that his delineation of the ideal wives has on medieval and modern conceptions of women. It also provides a definition of feminine power that re-evaluates the question of maistrie within the tales and challenges the modern feminist attitude towards women's power.

Woman's Life on a Southern Tobacco Farm the Story of Sallie Mae Taylor, 1893-1977
1995 0-7734-9337-9
This biography, written by the subject's daughter, brings vividly to life the details of existence on a southern tobacco farm. Courtship, birth, death, tragedy. planting, the rigors of survival during the Great Depression, are all told in an authentic southern voice.

Woman's Transformations a Psychological Theology
1982 0-88946-918-0
Hammett unravels the many strands of liberal theology in an attempt to understand a literalized Father God. Essays include "Sin and the Image of the Feminine," "Creation and the Female-Male Image," "Goddesses as Symbols of Feminine Consciousness," and "Imaginal Consciousness: The Bridge Between."

Women & Lawyers in the Mid- Nineteenth Century English Novel Uneasy Alliances and Narrative Misrepresentation
1996 0-7734-8756-5
This book examines three mid-Victorian novels that highlight prevailing attitudes toward both women and lawyers: Charles Dickens's Bleak House; Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White; and George Eliot's Felix Holt, the Radical. The novels reflect the confluence of social issues: the public's suspicion of lawyers and the law's own hostility toward women. To qualify the underpinnings of this tension more completely, the first chapter looks at three short works by Herman Melville: "the paradise of Bachelors", "The Tartarus Maids", and "Bartleby the Scrivener". These pieces crystallize the difficulties women encounter when confronted with a legal world, and set the framework for what will be examined in the novels. The volume also includes a chapter providing an overview of the legal profession in England, outlining the kinds of marginality experienced by both lawyers, particularly solicitors, and women, who were struggling for legal identity.

Women and Politics in Japan and Korea
2004 0-7734-6374-7
This book is about the role of women in Korean and Japanese politics over the past century. It is exceedingly rare to have a comparative analysis of politics in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which gives this book a special status. At the same time these are countries with remarkably low levels of political participation by women, so it is very important to have an analysis of the reasons for this outcome. In the 1970s women accounted for less than two percent of legislative representatives in Japan, and less than one percent in Korea; today women constitute about seven percent of the members in each legislature, but these levels are still comparatively low in the developed world: about forty-three percent of Sweden’s legislators are women, and women constitute more than 30 percent of Germany’s Bundestag; the level in the U.S. Congress is about thirteen per cent.

The explanation for this phenomenon is by no means simple, and the author traverses a complex argument beginning with the “late” industrialization of both countries, followed by long periods of military rule and excesses of nationalism in both that until relatively recently subordinated women to state-sponsored goals of rapid development and national unity, to the situation today where, at least in Korea, the role of women in politics is growing rapidly. Her account is based on numerous interviews in Korea and Japan, a deft use of public opinion polls, and a wide comparative reading in the literature on the history and politics of both countries. After examining a host of theoretical and conceptual approaches to understanding the role of women in politics, she combines an historical analysis with an examination of patriarchal culture in Japan and Korea, and then scrutinizes the way in which the two respective political systems have both formal and informal mechanisms that militate against women’s participation. Furthermore at many points in the text she makes comparative judgments concerning women’s participation in Europe and the United States.

Both Korean and Japanese history in the early 20th century were marked by women who fought multiple battles on several fronts: to get any recognition at all outside the demands of the home, to fight discrimination against any woman who would dare challenge the suffocating society-wide support for family-based patriarchy, to suffer ostracism for joining socialist groups (which tended to more open to women) or for living lives independent of men (for which they were labeled promiscuous and even a threat to national unity). Ichikawa Fusae, the founder of Japan’s Women’s Suffrage League in 1924, suffered much ridicule from the society for decades, only to be forced into supporting Japan’s wars in Asia. Korea was then a colony, not a nation, but from the early point of the massive March First Movement in 1919 right down to the present, when thousands of civic groups and NGOs co-exist in Korea’s strong civil society, women have often been the leaders of protests. This sharp contrast with Japan makes for one of the most interesting aspects of this book.

Her discussion of how the postwar Japanese political system excludes women (without necessarily intending to do so) is also particularly illuminating. The Liberal Democratic Party, in power continuously since 1955 (with one brief interruption in 1993), is made up of factions which resemble one-man political machines or groups, with strong ties of patronage and favoritism in the local areas. These virtually all-male informal networks of patron-client ties, reinforced by male bonding rituals in drinking houses all over Japan, represent a formidable barrier to the entry of women into political careers. Even civic and grass-roots organizations seeking progressive goals tend to be run by men in Japan.

On the other hand, the largest number of women representatives in the history of the Republic of Korea is seen under the system of the Revitalization Congress. However, given the nature of the Congress at the time, one can hardly say their representation had much to do with the peoples’ will. Ironically though, the long history of the dictatorial military regimes gave Korean women the opportunity to hear their own political voices, and through their participations in anti-dictatorial protest movements they gained political experiences necessary to engage in politics in the future. She interviewed and observed many women involved in grassroots political organizing; their future seems to be a comparatively bright one compared to women in Japan, who still have not found a route to significant participation in the world’s second-largest economy.

Women and the Qur'an: A Study in Islamic Hermeneutics
2009 0-7734-3858-0
This work argues that a link between the modern consciousness of woman and the Qur’anic discourse can be established only by revealing the historical continuity in the language formation in the image of woman. A resource for addressing this issue can be found in the discussion of modern hermeneutics. The central theme of modern hermeneutics is to examine the historical continuity between the text and its interpretations. The work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, a contemporary German philosopher who is influential in the hermeneutical ontology of language in both North America and Europe, provides the framework for this discussion.

Women and the War Story in Mexico
2006 0-7734-5869-7
This book explores how women are represented in novels written by women which have conflict as their central thematic concern. The Revolution was the zero hour of twentieth century Mexican national discourse. Even while the war was being fought, writers felt the need to engage with the mythologies of that discourse and write their own versions of events. From these early witness accounts there developed a genre which would evolve to challenge the all-pervasive imagining of the nation on an institutional level. As a result, the Revolution was a pivotal event for writers. Heretofore, in the main, critical studies have only examined writing by men, while women’s contribution to this genre has been marginalized and ignored. This book provides a unique insight into the many roles which women had in the Revolution and assesses the complex and varied styles employed by three significant, and in many ways controversial, Mexican authors: Elena Garro, Elena Poniatowska, and Ángeles Mastretta. This is an important book which makes a significant contribution to the international debates which examine women’s many roles in wartime.

Women at Work in the Victorian Novel
2005 0-7734-5903-0
Although middle-class women’s work was one of the major social and feminist issues of the mid-Victorian period, literary critics have yet to give extended consideration to the way women novelists treated this topic. This book examines the form and ideologies of mid-Victorian novels that represent middle-class women at work.

The study locates women’s novels of the period within a discourse of women’s work that included writing by the Langham Place feminists, Sarah Ellis, Sarah Lewis, and Harriett Martineau. Focusing on novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brontë sisters, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, but also examining the work of lesser-known writers such as Amelia B. Edwards, Louise Costello and Ouida, this work examines how both ideologies and rhetorical forms circulated within fictional and non-fictional writing.

The work debate fundamentally challenged social beliefs about women’s sexual and class status, their economic and marital positions, and their educational and occupational opportunities. The demands of work reformers conflicted with the domestic ideology of womanhood, which assumed that middle-class women would remain as the moral centre of the domestic sphere, supported by their husbands or fathers.

By examining the way that novels both influenced and were influenced by this ideology, this book demonstrates how Victorian novels contributed to the imaginative and ideological changes of that most important aspect of female emancipation, women’s work.

Women Contesting the Mainstream Discourses of the Art World
2004 0-7734-6249-X
A neglected area of publishing in the visual arts is that of women’s perceptions and strategies for sustaining their careers as artists. This book reports on research which investigated the formative life experiences of nine women and how they perceived their positions as students, artists, art teachers and family members in relation to the discourses dominant in their lives. The study aimed to identify new discursive practices undertaken by the women to contest their positioning. It used feminist poststructuralist methodology that acknowledged the notion of constitution and positioning of the subject in discourse. This innovative methodology is valuable for researchers in a range of disciplines not only in studying careers of women but also other marginalised groups. Because of the reliance on the women’s voices, the text contributes rich pictures of women’s lives and their attempts to negotiate their careers in workplaces they described as “battle grounds”. Consequently the text has a wider appeal to readers interested in women’s careers and art practice. Obstacles to careers reported in the literature were confirmed by the experiences of the women who were able to challenge and restructure constraining discourses. They utilised a range of strategies to negotiate obstacles and, based on the women’s experiences and the literature, the author is then able to propose further possible strategies.

Women in China Current Directions in Historical Scholarship
1981 0-88946-151-1
Thirteen essays on foot binding, female infanticide, widow remarriage, the Taoist androgynous ideal, anti-westernization, etc., discussing the cultural, economic, political, and historical factors which contributed to the emergence of Chinese womanhood of today.

Women Journalists and the Municipal Housekeeping Movement 1868-1914
2001 0-7734-7485-4
‘Municipal housekeepers’ were militant women who believed that a woman’s place was in the home, but that the home was larger than just four walls. They believed a woman’s home was her city and that it was the responsibility of women to keep their cities safe and clean. This study traces the beginnings of municipal housekeeping journalism to the early days of the women’s club movement in America and describes its development in newspapers, club publications, general interest magazines and popular women’s magazines. It is the first study to concentrate on the work of women journalists during the movement, explores the different ways women promoted reform activities in newspapers and magazines, and links the work of the earlier women journalists to the 19th century themes of domesticity and municipal housekeeping.

Women's Participation in the British Antislavery Movement, 1824-1865
1993 0-7734-9294-1
As was true of many 19th-century reforms, the anti-slavery movement drew upon women's perceived special attributes: her moral superiority, her role as guardian of the purity of family and society, her spiritual standing in the religious community. Drawn together by their moral conviction of the evil of slavery, middle-class women from around Great Britain forged an active role for themselves in combatting chattel slavery. Their involvement was of great significance, allowing middle-class woman to work outside her home in a sphere of activity that encouraged her to exercise her initiative and translate moral principle into effective action. The crusade also established the mechanisms of organization and the rhetoric of emancipation which later female reformers would draw upon in the movement for their own rights.

Women's Transition From Victorian to Modern Identity as Portrayed in the Modern Novel
2006 0-7734-5823-9
This book explores the modern novel’s reflection upon women’s enactment of the stable, whole, unified Victorian identity and anticipation of the successes that will result when women in the modern era find the means to embrace their dynamic, fluid, modern identity. This work will appeal to literary critics of Victorian and modern texts.

Women, Revolution & Autobiographical Writing in the Twentieth Century
2007 0-7734-5367-9
This book considers issues of gender and representation through an analysis of twentieth-century female revolutionary figures from Ireland, Spain, Cuba, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Since revolutions (and their siblings—civil wars) occasion social transformation under often chaotic conditions, they open up space for the potential transformation of gender relations. These women’s life writings illustrate gender relations in flux, expose the political symbolism of the strong woman at moments of nation formation and transformation, and display the multiple ways that gender enters into literary, historical, and visual narratives.

Women, the Crime of Stalking, and Its Effects: A Study of Police Attitudes and Practices
2011 0-7734-1578-5
This monograph examines why stalking victims are offered poor protection and little support by the police. It advocates the refinement of police methods of recruitment, training and evaluation to combat the effects of patriarchy and gender issues in university criminal justice programs.

Women, the First World War and the Dramatic Imagination International Essays (1914-1999)
2000 0-7734-7455-2
Part of the significance of this collection of essays comes from its geographical and historical spread: it ranges globally across drama from France, Germany and Australia as well as UK and USA, and it demonstrates the continuing effects of the war o the cultural memories of the disparate nations involved, including Ireland, Germany, Canada and Scotland at the end of the 20th century. It not only makes available original historical research, the results of delving in the police censorship archives in Paris and in the Birmingham Reference Library’s Great War collection, it also demonstrates the fruitfulness of carious critical approaches.

Women’s Groups & Equality in British Trade Unions
2003 0-7734-6710-6
Within industrial relations, the mainstream literature has not shown much interest in women as the subjects or shapers of research. This study shows the centrality of women’s organizing to unionism and women’s experience of unions, and provides insights into the circumstances necessary for women’s sustained activism. It examines union operations and how women’s groups influence, and are influenced by, them. It synthesizes research and theory from different literatures, including industrial relations, gender studies and social psychology. It contributes an original analysis of the organizational ‘identity’ of individual unions and women’s groups. It also examines the complex relations between unions and their women’s groups within particular institutions, including the little-examined area of women’s engagement in less formal as well as mainstream union activity. Finally, it develops a number of key recommendations for both women’s groups and union strategy, firmly based on the empirical findings.

Women’s Literary Salons and Political Propaganda During the Napoleonic Era: The Cradle of Patriotic Nationalism
2010 0-7734-3835-1
In 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte sought to impose an absolute political authority as First Consul for life, and emperor in 1804. A network of women authors connected with Germaine de Staël in Paris, Coppet, Berlin, and Florence maintained salons and addressed political conflicts in their novels, correspondence and theory. Nationalist histories, also written by salon members, reinforced their unified political agenda by emphasizing the heroic acts that guaranteed national freedom. Semiotics became the primary means of political propaganda and persuasion in the absence of legislative debate and women’s suffrage.

Women’s Ritual in China: Jiezhu ( Receiving Buddhist Prayer Beads) Performed by Menopausal Women in Ninghua, Western Fujian
2008 0-7734-4962-0
Based on historical, textual and field studies, this work examines the paradoxical nature of jiezhu, which simultaneously upholds and challenges tradition through religious and social empowerment. This book contains twelve color photographs and twenty-eight black and white photographs.

Women’s Status in Texarkana, Texas in the Progressive Era, 1880-1920
2002 0-7734-7041-7


Women’s Voices in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)
2002 0-7734-6927-3
This study reinstates Gaskell as one of the significant novelists of the mid-Victorian period by looking at her work as a whole, avoiding the usual dividing line between her condition-of-England novels and her more intimate fiction. The feminist aspect of Gaskell’s writing is uncovered here in all its determination but also in its hesitations. The different influences on this feminism (mainly Christian and radical) are explored.

Work Roles, Gender Roles, and Asian Indian Immigrant Women in the United States
2000 0-7734-7848-5
This study addresses the way gender mediates the lives of employed immigrant women in an ethnic minority community. It sheds light on the interplay of race-ethnicity, social class, and history generates multiple contexts within which individual and collective gender attitudes and norms are situated. This empirical study has tapped firsthand into the isolated behind-closed-doors subplots of how individuals negotiate old and new gender concepts in contested social and familial terrains.

Work-Famly Debate in Popular Culture: Can Women and Men Have It All?
2015 0-7734-3529-8
An insightful examination of gender roles in the workplace and how the competing demands of family-work life can be balanced. As a pop culture starting point, the study begins with an examination of the ensuing media frenzy and passionate discussions resulting from the Atlantic Magazine cover story, “Why Women Can’t Have it All” by former Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter and widens its scope into popular films and television.


Working-Class Students at Radcliffe College, 1940-1970: The Intersection of Gender, Social Class, and Historical Context
2008 0-7734-5098-X
This book explores the experiences of working-class students in higher education at Radcliffe College during the years 1940-1970. More specifically, this work examines how the mid-point of the twentieth century’s changing social, political, institutional, and economic forces influenced the undergraduate and alumnae satisfaction levels and post-graduate career paths of working-class students.

World the Slave Owners and Their Female Slaves Made. The Peculiar Affinity
2014 0-7734-0089-3
Contrary to prior scientific and popular belief over slavery, this book explicitly and unequivocally demonstrates that the majority of Black Americans of the 20th and 21st Centuries do not have African slave heritage history. These descendants are neither Black Americans nor African Americans, but White because of their paternal ancestry as a result of the selective breeding practices of White slave owners with their Black female slaves.

Writings of Celia Parker Woolley (1848-1919), Literary Activist
1998 0-7734-8358-6
No other literary study of Celia Parker Woolley exists at this time. This important woman writer, social worker, and Unitarian minister wrote novels which rank with those of her more well-known contemporaries such as Margaret Delan, Henry Adams, and William Dean Howells. This study sets its literary subject in social, religious, and historical contexts, contributing to the cultural studies of late-19th century America.