Theorizing Feminism

Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Anne C. Herrmann; Abigail J. Stewart

Second Edition • November 1, 2000 • 544 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813367880 • $60.00 USD$59.99 CAN

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In the past three decades, feminist scholars have produced an extraordinary rich body of theoretical writing in humanities and social science disciplines. This revised and updated second edition of Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, is a genuinely interdisciplinary anthology of significant contributions to feminist theory. This timely reader is creatively edited, and contains insightful introductory material. It illuminates the historical development of feminist theory as well as the current state of the field. Emphasizing common themes and interests in the humanities and social sciences, the editors have chosen topics that remain relevant to current debates, reflect the interests of a diverse community of thinkers, and have been central to feminist theory in many disciplines. The contributors include leading figures from the fields of psychology, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, art history, law, and economics. This is the ideal text for any advanced course on interdisciplinary feminist theory, one that fills a long-standing gap in feminist pedagogy.

Anne C. Herrmann is associate professor of English and Women146s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Dialogic and Difference: “An/Other Woman” in Virginia Woolf and Christa Wolf and Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances, as well as many other papers on women in literature and cultural theory.

Abigail J. Stewart is professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She is the author of many articles on the psychology of women, and she co-edited the volume Women’s Untold Stories with Mary Romero.

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What great news to learn of a new edition of TF, the anthology I once dubbed ‘the dream text’ of feminist theory. This impressively revised edition arrives just in time to keep the ‘dream’ of transdisciplinary feminist theory alive. There is no anthology I have found that can compare with its intelligent conceptualization and selection of substantive work in feminist theory. Theorizing Feminism has been my perennial favorite book to assign in all of my courses on feminist theory, and I am delighted to learn it is in new, lavish bloom.
— Judith Stacey, University of Southern California

Praise for previous edition:
This book is creatively but clearly designed. Well-chosen and inclusive articles make it an ideal source for tracing cross-disciplinary appropriation of concepts and methods in feminist theory.
— Alison Jaggar, Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder

Theorizing Feminism is a dream text for instructors of interdisciplinary feminist theory courses. Its ingenious selection and mating of exemplary feminist essays from the humanities and social sciences will inspire and guide the revival of interdisciplinary feminist thought.
— Judith Stacey, Sociology, University of California at Davis

Just when the intellectual threads of feminism can seem too numerous and frayed, Anne Herrmann and Abby Stewart have given us Theorizing Feminism, an anthology to seduce readers through the terrain of contemporary feminist thought…. At this critical moment in feminist intellectual history, with familiar categories and novel differences under surveillance, readers of Theorizing Feminism will be inspired to invent our feminist futures.
— Michelle Fine, Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Theorizing Feminism is an ambitious effort. It contains a challenging array of essays that will stretch the minds of its readers pedagogically, analytically, and politically. It should be a good one-stop source for any reader trying to catch up on the recent course of debates in feminist theory.
— Regina Austin, Law, University of Pennsylvania

A bold and innovative collection. Theorizing Feminism will enable students of feminist thought to assimilate ideas from a variety of disciplines and to enlarge their own visions. It is an exceptional teaching tool, a breakthrough book for the teaching of a genuinely interdisciplinary feminist theory.
— Sandra Bartky, Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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