Women's Studies and Culture: A Feminist Introduction

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Rosemarie Buikema, Anneke Smelik
Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 1995 - Social Science - 226 pages
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This major introduction to feminist cultural studies provides an important new synthesis of the feminist critique of culture. It also brilliantly reflects the interdisciplinary approach of cultural studies.

The book opens with an exploration of the development of feminist academic practice and an overview of the full range of feminist theory. It includes full coverage of the equality/difference debate. Chapters then examine the impact of women’s studies on linguistics, literary theory, popular culture, history, film theory, art history, theatre studies and musicology.

Part two explores the politics, theories and methods of feminist study including psychoanalysis, black criticism, lesbian studies and semiotics. This book is essential reading for anyone who needs a lively and accessible explanation of how feminism has taken culture and its academic study by storm.
  

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Contents

feminist theory
3
Introduction 3 Equality
13
feminist literary theory
26
feminist linguistics
40
feminist media studies
56
Literature for further study
64
Difference 68 The gaze 68 The resisting spectator l
73
Literature for further study
80
Literature for further study
115
lesbian studies
119
equal gender? 120 From platform to classroom
125
Literature for further study 133
133
Black feminism 139 Double strategy 144
144
an introduction 149 The Color Purple
158
The story of Anna O 164 The case of Dora 167
167
Lacanian psychoanalysis 172 Feminist reinterpretations 174
174

From the perspective of difference
86
With an eye to deconstruction 89 Purple Blues
92
The feminine 98 The discourse of the discipline
99
feminist musicology
106
forwardlooking strategies
182
Bibliography
204
Index
222
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Anneke Smelik is Lecturer in Film and New Media, the University of Nijmegen and Co-Editor of "Women's Studies and Culture: A Feminist Introduction,"

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