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  1. Dear all, I thought this might be interesting for some of you. These are some references that I have colelcted for a feminist reading group two years ago. Alas, it was only me who prepared the meetings, so I had to stop the whole thing after a few months. Maybe some of the material could be interesting for us...?! SOME ESSENTIALS: Anzaldúa, G (1987) ‘La conciencia de la mestiza : Towards a New Consciousness’ in Conboy, K., N. Medina and S. Stanbury Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory Columbia University Press, New York (pp. 233-247). Braidotti, R (1989) ‘The politics of ontological difference’ in Brennan, T. (ed) Between Feminism and Psychoanalysis London and New York, Routledge (pp. 89-105). Butler, J (1988) "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory" in Theatre Journal (December 1988), 49(1):519-531. Cixous, H (1981) ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ in Marks, E. and I. Courtivron New French Feminisms: An Anthology Schocken Books, New York (pp. 99-106). Harding, Sandra (1987): “Introduction : Is There a Feminist Method?” in Feminism and Methodology Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis, pp. 1-14. Grosz, Elizabeth (1993): ‘Bodies and Knowledges: Feminism and the Crisis of Reason’ in: Alcoff, Linda and Elizabeth Potter Feminist epistemologies Routledge, New York/London (pp. 187-215). Haraway, D (2006) ‘Situated Knowledges: the science question in feminism and the privilege of the partial perspective’, in Haraway, D. Simians, Cyborgs and Women: the Reinvention of Nature London Free associations books (pp.183-201). hooks, b (1992): ‘Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace’ in Conboy, K., N. Medina and S. Stanbury Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory Columbia University Press, New York (pp. 113-128). Irigaray, L (1981) ‘This Sex Which is Not One’ in Conboy, K., N. Medina and S. Stanbury Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory Columbia University Press, New York (pp. 248-256). Kristeva, J (1981) ‘Women’s Time’ in Signs, Vol.7, No 1, pp. 13-35. MacKinnon (1989) ‘Rape: On Coercion and Consent’ in Conboy, K., N. Medina and S. Stanbury Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory Columbia University Press, New York (pp. 42-58). Mohanty, CT (1988) ‘Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses’ in Feminist Review, pp. 61-88. Scott, JW (1986) ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis’ in American Historical Review no. 91 (pp. 1053-1075). Spivak. G (1985) ‘Feminism and Critical Theory’ in The Spivak Reader Routledge, New York/London (pp.53-74). Wittig, M (1992) ‘One is Not Born a Woman’ in in Conboy, K., N. Medina and S. Stanbury Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory Columbia University Press, New York (pp. 309-317). AND FURTHER READING: Allen, A (1998) ‘Rethinking Power’ in Hypatia 13 (1) (pp. 21-40). Braidotti, R (1998) ‘Sexual Difference Theory’ in Jaggar, A.M. and Young, I.M. (eds.) A Companion to Feminist Philosophy Oxford, Blackwell Publishers (pp. 298-306). Irigaray, L (1997) ‘The Other: Woman’ in Kemp, S. and J. Squires (eds.) Feminisms Oxford/New York, Oxford University Press (pp. 308-315). Scott, JW (1992) ‘Experience’ in Butler, J. and Scott, J. (eds.) Feminists theorize the political New York and London, Routledge (pp. 22-40). Scott, JW (2001) ‘Millenial Fantasies. The future of gender in the 21st century’ in Honegger, C. and Arni, C. (eds.) Gender – die Tücken einer Kategorie Zürich, Chronos Verlag (pp. 19-37). Whitford, M (1992) ‘Luce Irigaray’ in Wright, E. (ed.) Feminism and Psychoanalysis : A Critical Dictionary Oxford, Blackwell Publishers (pp. 178-183).
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  2. Thanks so much for this, Katha! Looks really useful, and I'm looking forward to perusing some of this properly. One issue that I've been thinking about is how we might move beyond the stuff people were talking about in the 1980s and 1990s - I think it's telling that most of the entries on your list are from before 2000. It's not that I disagree with any of it or contest that it belongs on such a list - it's more that I'm wondering what the new directions might be....or maybe gender studies / feminism are stuck in a rut to some degree? I don't know, but I'm hoping we can find out. :)
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  3. youre absolutely right, anna! this is all pretty old stuff. However, I do feel that many feminists today dismiss previous theories and ideas all to quickly without thoroughly engaging with them. I think many of these debates and ideas are still important and can help us to understand more recent work by feminist theorists (e.g. Barad and other new materialists)...
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  4. I'm definitely not in favour of throwing it out! I think the basic thrust of this body of work from the 1980s and 1990s is sound. It's just that I want to know what's happened since then, and/or interrogate whether we are in need of some new directions (while still acknowledging the importance and validity of the older stuff!). :)
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  5. Thanks so much for this Katha, so much valuable reading to get through! Maybe we should have a page specifically for recommended book titles and journal articles? A 'Literature Tool Kit' perhaps? We could all add to it as and when... or should be just stick to posting on our individual thematic pages? urgh, I don't know!!
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