Feminist Theory: Suggested Readings

Joya Misra

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
SADRI -- W34A Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
Tel: (413) 545-5969

misra @ soc.umass.edu

In January, 1997, Joya Misra asked WMST-L readers to tell her what 5-10 books/articles they felt any student of feminist theory should read (especially works from the last 10-15 years). What follows are the suggestions she received, listed alphabetically. She adds that bell hooks received far and away the most votes, followed by Chandra Mohanty and Patricia Hill Collins. See also the later WMST-L discussion, Feminist Theory: Suggested Readings II. For additional WMST-L files now available on the Web, see the WMST-L File List.

Feminist Theory -- Current Favorites

Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera; Haciendo Caras/Making Face, Making Soul

Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga, eds, This Bridge Called My Back

Michele Barrett and Anne Phillips, eds, Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Evelyn Torton Beck, Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology

Mary Field Belenky et al., Women's Ways of Knowing

Pat Bell-Scott, Life Notes

Sayla Benhabibo and Drucilla Cornell, eds, Feminism as Critique

Gisela Bock and Susan James, eds, Beyond Equality and Difference

Rosi Braidotti, Nomadic Subjects; Patterns of Dissonance

Charlotte Bunch, Passionate Politics

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble; Bodies that Matter

Judith Butler & Joan Scott, Feminists Theorize the Political

Nancy Chodorow, The Reproduction of Mothering; Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory

Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought

RW Connell, Gender and Power

Drucilla Cornell, Beyond Accommodation; Transformations

Karin Bergstrom Costello, ed., Gendered Voices

Mary Daly, Gyn-Ecology

Angela Davis, Women, Race and Class

Teresa deLauretis, Technologies of Gender; Feminist Studies, Critical Studies; Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Culture

Dorothy Dinnerstein, The Mermaid and the Minotaur

Josephine Donovan, Feminist Theory: the Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism; Feminist Literary Criticism

Carol Anne Douglas, Love and Politics; Radical Feminism and Lesbian Theories

du Cille, Ann, "The Occult of True Black Womanhood: Critical Demeanor and Black Feminist Studies."

Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women

Andrew Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon, Pornography and Civil Rights

Margrit Eichler, "Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research"; The Double Standard

Hester Eisenstein, Contemporary Feminist Thought; Gender Shock

Zillah Eisenstein, The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism; Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism; The Color of Gender

Frederik Engels, The Origins of the Family; Private Property and the State

Anna Fausto-Sterling, Myths of Gender

Marianne A. Ferber and Julie A. Nelson, eds, Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics

Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectics of Sex

Jane Flax, Thinking Fragments

Nancy Fraser, Unruly Practices

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique; The Second Stage; "The Problem That Has No Name"

Ruth Frankenberg, White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness

Marilyn Frye, Politics of Reality, "Oppression"

Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality

Judith Kegan Gardiner, Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice

Joyce Gelb and Marian Lief Palley, Women and Public Policies

Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice

Patricia Aljerg Graham, "Expansion and Exclusion: A History of Women in American Higher Education"

Judith Grant, Fundamental Feminism: Contesting the Core Concepts of Feminist Theory

Elizabeth Grosz, Crossing Boundaries; Sexual Subversions; Volatile Bodies

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African- American Feminist Thought

Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs & Women; ŞManifesto for Cyborgs

Sandra Harding, The Science Question in Feminism; Feminism and Methodology

Nancy Hartsock, Money, Sex and Power: Toward a Feminist Historical Materialism

Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

ME Hawkesworth, Beyond Oppression: Feminist Theory and Political Strategy

Virginia Held, Feminist Morality: Tranforming Culture, Society, and Politics

Rosemary Hennessy, Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse

Anne Herrmann and Abigail J. Stewart, eds, Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Marianne Hirsch and Evelyn Fox-Keller, eds, Conflicts in Feminism

Sarah Hoagland, Lesbian Ethics

bell hooks, outlaw culture; black looks; feminist theory from margin to center

Maggie Humm, Dictionary of Feminist Thought; Modern Feminisms: Literary, Political, Cultural

Luce Irigaray, This Sex Which is Not One

Alison Jaggar, Feminist Politics and Human Nature, Feminist Frameworks

Alison Jaggar and Susan Bordo, eds, Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing

Alice Jardine, Gynesis

Gloria Joseph and Jill Lewis, Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives

Karen Kahn, Frontline Feminism 1975-1995

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz. The Issue is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance.

Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender, eds, The Knowledge Explosion, Generations of Feminist Scholarship

M. C. Lam, "Feeling Foreign in Feminism"

Patti Lather, Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy with/in the Postmodern

Gerda Lerner, Creation of Patriarchy; Creation of Feminist Consciousness

Lucy Lippard, Get the Message?, From the Center, Sexual Politics

Judith Lorber, Paradoxes of Gender

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider; Zami; Coal

Catharine MacKinnon, Towards a Feminist Theory of the State; Feminism Unmodified

Claire Marks & Isabelle de Courtivron, New French Feminisms: An Anthology

Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege and Male Privilege"

Kate Millett, Sexual Politics

Juliet Mitchell, Psychoanalysis and Feminism, Woman's Estate

Chandra Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes," "On Race and Voice: Challenges for Liberal Education in the 1990s"

Chandra Mohanty, Ann Russo, Lourdes Torres, eds, Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism

Toril Moi, Sexual/Textual Politics, French Feminist Thought

Toni Morrison, Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power

Laura Mulvey, Visual and Other Pleasures

Linda J. Nicholson, Feminism/Postmodernism

Joyce McCarl Nielsen, Feminist Methods

Susan Moller Okin, Women in Western Political Thought

Susan Moller Okin and Jane Mansbridge, Feminism

Sherry Ortner and Harriet Whitehead, eds, Sexual Meanings

Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture

Carole Pateman and Elizabeth Gross, eds., Feminist Challenges: Social and Political Theory

Janice Peterson and Doug Brown, eds, The Economic Status of Women under Capitalism

Judith Plaskow and Carol Christ, eds., Womanspirit Rising

Minnie Bruce Pratt, Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991

Elspeth Probyn, Sexing the Self

Radicalesbians "The Woman Identified Woman"

Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born,"Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence"

Diane Richardson and Victoria Robinson, eds, Thinking Feminist: Key Concepts in Women­s Studies

Jennifer Ring, Modern Political Theory and Contemporary Feminism

Barbara Katz Rothman, Recreating Motherhood

Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex," "The Traffic in Women"

Sara Ruddick, Maternal Thinking

Chela Sandoval, "US Third World Feminsm"; "Feminist Theory under Postmodern Conditions: Toward a Theory of Oppositional Consciousness"

Joan Scott, "The Evidence of Experience; Gender and the Politics of History"; her essay in Contesting Feminisms; ed, Feminism and History

Mary Shanley and Carole Pateman, eds, Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory

Barbara Smith, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Valerie Solanas, "SCUM manifesto for history"

Elizabeth Spelman, Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, In Other Worlds, Outside in the Teaching Machine

Donna Stanton, "Feminisms in the Academy"

Gloria Steinem, "What It Would Be Like if Women Win"

Trinh, T. Minh-ha, Woman Native Other, "Commitment from the Mirror-Writing Box"

Barrie Thorne and Marilyn Yalom, eds, Rethinking the Family

Rosemarie Tong, Feminist Thought

Nancy Tuana, Women and the History of Philosophy; Feminism and Philosophy

Elizabeth Weed, ed, Coming to Terms: Feminism, Theory, Politics

Chris Weedon, Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory

Monique Wittig, The Straight Mind and Other Essays

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas

Janet Wolff, Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture

Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference; Throwing like a Girl

Many thanks to contributions by: Austin S. Lin, Michelle Lundgren, Madelyn Detloff, Jennifer Kirkland, Krista Scott, Frances Wood, Erica Cathleen Neuman, Carolyn Dipalma, Rachel Cassell Murphree, Anita Brown, Kim Springer, Kiran Asher, Maria Bevacqua, Luanne Lohr, Christopher J. Mitchell, Mikyoung Park, Janis Edwards, Janet Wondra, Liora Moriel, Carol Perkins, Mev Miller (at Women­s Presses Library Project), Patrice McDermott, B Pollack and Nicole and lists collected by the Women­s Studies at George Washington University (sent by Cynthia Deitch) and Beth Sibley for the Feminist Theory Corelist (maintained by the Women's Studies Section of American Colleges and Research Libraries).

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