To the Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its attractiveness, there may well by no means be a mistake approximately it: here's a novel to the final measure serious and uncompromising. i feel that past being concerning the very nature of truth, it truly is itself a imaginative and prescient of reality.”—Eudora Welty, from the Introduction


The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic but absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their young children and diverse site visitors are on vacation at the Isle of Skye. From the likely trivial postponement of a trip to a close-by lighthouse, Woolf constructs a extraordinary, relocating exam of the complicated tensions and allegiances of relations existence and the clash among males and women.

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Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond

By Robert A. Caplen

The Bond woman is without doubt one of the such a lot well-known and celebrated cultural icons of the final fifty years. First brought in Ian Fleming's novels and brief tales, manufacturers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman breathed lifestyles into her cinematic manifestation starting with Dr. No in 1962. due to the fact then, the area has been thinking about the Bond Girl.

Although she has been lauded by means of a few as a liberated lady and actual feminist archetype, the Bond woman has nearly escaped serious research . . . before. Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond is the 1st large-scale educational paintings within which feminism intersects the realm of James Bond. It analyzes the cinematic Bond lady and argues that the nature first and foremost served as a distinct archetype: person who strengthened a conventional, female perfect that served as a strong reactionary image opposed to the gender equality move that received prominence within the usa in the course of the Sixties and 1970s.

Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond presents a glimpse into "second wave" feminism, the Women's Liberation stream, and cultural representations of girls in the course of the latter half the yank 20th century via a Bondian lens. It strains the evolutionary trip of the cinematic Bond lady and assesses her cultural impression, revealing who she is and what she represents throughout the first 11 movies within the James Bond franchise, a seventeen-year interval defined because the Golden period of the Bond woman, and beyond.              

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Feminist Readings of Antigone (SUNY series in Gender Theory)

New and vintage essays on Antigone and feminist philosophy.

Feminist Readings of Antigone collects the main attention-grabbing and provocative feminist paintings at the determine of Antigone, particularly how she will determine into modern debates at the position of ladies in society. members concentrate on girl subjectivity and sexuality, feminist ethics and politics, questions of race and gender, psychoanalytic idea, kinship, embodiment, and tensions among the non-public and the general public. This assortment seeks to discover and spark debate approximately why Antigone has develop into such a major determine for feminist thinkers of our time, what we will be able to study from her, even if a feminist politics turning to this old heroine could be revolutionary or is certain to idealize the prior, and why Antigone retains getting into the level in occasions of political problem and fight in all corners of the area. Fanny Söderbäck has amassed vintage paintings during this box along newly written items by way of probably the most very important voices in modern feminist philosophy. the amount contains essays through Judith Butler, Adriana Cavarero, Tina Chanter, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.

“These essays movement past the severe element to think about the effective insights of Antigone for addressing modern political difficulties. relatively notable due to its timeliness is the solidarity of the chronic topics of the political import of the relation of lifestyles to loss of life, in addition to of naked existence to political existence, and the state’s have to have entry to the physique to ensure that the legislation to have force.” — philoSOPHIA

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After Pornified: How Women Are Transforming Pornography & Why It Really Matters

By Anne G. Sabo

Porn brings up loads of unfavourable photos in our sexualized, pornified tradition. yet this present day progressively more ladies are substantially altering porn to respectfully seize the genuine sexual lives of ladies and males, empowering and encouraging the viewer to assert her sexuality opposed to a sexualized tradition, and making a genuine counterweight to pornified media and porn as it’s been recognized. In those women’s palms porn has develop into a automobile for girls to discover and outline sexuality on their phrases, shining the sunshine on how we will be able to all become independent from from conventional gender roles and shatter erotic conventions.

Tracing the circulate from its inception, After Pornfied visualizes this remodeled porn to the reader in a fashion that no different publication on porn has performed, in order that she can also see the facility and strength of this new porn by way of ladies to loose our minds and our bodies from the demeaning imageries of our intercourse in all different porn and pornified media.

Porn impacts us. this day, ladies are prime tips to make these results empowering.

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Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks

Women’s Experimental Cinema presents energetic introductions to the paintings of fifteen avant-garde ladies filmmakers, a few of whom labored as early because the Nineteen Fifties and lots of of whom are nonetheless operating at the present time. In each one essay during this assortment, a number one movie student considers a unmarried filmmaker, providing biographical details, studying quite a few impacts on her paintings, analyzing the improvement of her corpus, and studying an important variety of person motion pictures. The essays rescue the paintings of severely ignored yet influential ladies filmmakers for educating, extra research, and, expectantly, recovery and protection. simply as importantly, they enhance the knowledge of feminism in cinema and extend the terrain of movie heritage, fairly the heritage of the yankee avant-garde.

The members learn the paintings of Marie Menken, Joyce Wieland, Gunvor Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Rubin, Amy Greenfield, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Marjorie Keller, Leslie Thornton, Abigail baby, Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, and Cheryl Dunye. The essays spotlight the range in those filmmakers’ types and techniques, protecting themes equivalent to how Menken used movie on the way to reconsider the transition from summary expressionism to Pop paintings within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, how Rubin either objectified the physique and investigated the filmic gear that enabled that objectification in her movie Christmas on Earth (1963), and the way Dunye makes use of movie to discover her personal identification as a black lesbian artist. even as, the essays display commonalities, together with an inclination towards documentary instead of fiction and a dedication to nonhierarchical, collaborative construction practices. The volume’s ultimate essay focuses explicitly on educating women’s experimental motion pictures, addressing logistical matters (how to procure the movies and safe right viewing areas) and lengthening the diversity of the ebook by way of suggesting substitute motion pictures for lecture room use.

Contributors. Paul Arthur, Robin Blaetz, Noël Carroll, Janet Cutler, Mary Ann Doane, Robert A. Haller, Chris Holmlund, Chuck Kleinhans, Scott MacDonald, Kathleen McHugh, Ara Osterweil, Maria Pramaggiore, Melissa Ragona, Kathryn Ramey, M. M. Serra, Maureen Turim, William C. Wees

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Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience (Experimental Futures)

By Michelle Murphy

In Seizing the technique of Reproduction, Michelle Murphy's preliminary concentrate on the choice health and wellbeing practices constructed by means of radical feminists within the usa in the course of the Seventies and Eighties opens right into a refined research of the transnational entanglements of yankee empire, inhabitants keep watch over, neoliberalism, and late-twentieth-century feminisms. Murphy concentrates at the technoscientific means—the applied sciences, practices, protocols, and processes—developed through feminist health and wellbeing activists. She argues that by means of politicizing the technical information of reproductive wellbeing and fitness, replacement feminist practices aimed toward empowering ladies have been additionally quintessential to late-twentieth-century biopolitics.

Murphy lines the transnational flow of inexpensive, selfmade health and wellbeing interventions, highlighting the uneasy hyperlinks among monetary logics, new varieties of racialized governance, U.S. imperialism, family members making plans, and the increase of NGOs. within the twenty-first century, feminist overall healthiness tasks have advanced and discomforting itineraries. The practices and ideologies of different well-being tasks have chanced on their means into global financial institution guidance, country guidelines, and commodified study. whereas the actual second of U.S. feminism within the shadow of chilly warfare and postcolonialism has handed, its dynamics proceed to notify the ways in which overall healthiness is ruled and politicized today.

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The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine

By Barbara Tedlock

A wonderful anthropologist–who is usually an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden girl roots of the world’s oldest kind of faith and drugs. here's a interesting excursion into this old culture, from its prehistoric beginnings to the paintings of ladies shamans around the globe today.

Shamanism used to be not just humankind’s first religious and therapeutic perform, it used to be initially the area of girls. this is often the declare of Barbara Tedlock’s provocative and myth-shattering ebook. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock–herself a professional in dreamwork, divination, and healing–explains how and why the position of girls in shamanism was once misinterpreted and suppressed, and gives a blinding array of facts, from prehistoric African rock paintings to fashionable Mongolian ceremonies, for women’s shamanic powers.

Tedlock combines firsthand bills of her personal education one of the Maya of Guatemala with the wealthy list of ladies warriors and hunters, non secular courses, and prophets from many cultures and instances. Probing the practices that distinguish girl shamanism from the far better recognized male traditions, she reveals:

• the most important position of physique knowledge and women’s eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy

• the feminine different types of dream witnessing, imaginative and prescient questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs

• Shamanic midwifery and the religious powers published in childbirth and per 30 days lady cycles

• Shamanic symbolism in weaving and different female arts

• Gender moving and male-female partnership in shamanic practice

Filled with illuminating tales and illustrations, the girl within the Shaman’s physique restores girls to their crucial position within the background of spirituality and celebrates their carrying on with position within the world wide resurgence of shamanism this day.

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Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies (Studies in Feminist Philosophy)

By Cressida J. Heyes

Heyes' monograph in feminist philosophy is at the connection among the belief of "normalization"--which in keeping with Foucault is a style or strength of keep an eye on that homogenizes a population--and the gendered physique. Drawing on Foucault and Wittgenstein, she argues that the fundamental photo of the self--a photo that presupposes an "inner" middle of the self that's expressed, adequately or no longer, by way of the outer body--obscures the relationship among modern discourses and practices of self-transformation and the forces of normalization. In different phrases, images of the self can carry us captive once they are being learn from the outer self--the body--rather than the internal self, and we will show our internal self by way of engaged on our outer physique to comply. Articulating this concept with a mixture of the theoretical and the sensible, she appears at case reports regarding transgender humans, weight reduction eating regimen, and plastic surgery. Her concluding chapters examine the tough factor of ways to differentiate non-normalizing practices of the self from normalizing ones, and makes feedback approximately how feminists could conceive of matters as embodied and enmeshed in energy kin but additionally able to self-transformation.

the topic of normalization and its courting to sex/gender is an important one in feminist conception; Heyes' publication is exclusive in her masterful use of Foucault; its readability, and its refined mixture of the theoretical and the anecdotal. it is going to attract feminist philosophers and theorists.

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