Women's Literature from 1960 to the Present: Further Reading

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Abel, Elizabeth. "Black Writing, White Reading: Race and the Politics of Feminist Interpretation." In Female Subjects in Black and White: Race, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, edited by Elizabeth Abel, Barbara Christian, and Helene Maglen, pp. 102-31. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Contends that Toni Morrison's story "Recitatif" uses the relationship between its two protagonists to explore the operations of race in the feminine perspective.

Allen, Paula Gunn. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 1986, 311 p.

Anthology of essays focusing on Native American women poets.

Bonds, Diane S. "The Separative Self in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar." Women's Studies 18, no. 1 (1990): 49-64.

Analyzes Plath's text as a collusive dramatization of the notion of a separate and separative self.

Brügmann, Margaret. "Between the Lines: On the Essayistic Experiments of Hélène Cixous in 'The Laugh of the Medusa.'" In The Politics of the Essay: Feminist Perspectives, edited by Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres and Elizabeth Mittman, pp. 73-86. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Studies Cixous's essay as a blend of the historic, mythical, and social situation of women, one that leads the reader through a "utopian vision of possibilities."

Cheung, King-Kok. Introduction to Words Matter: Conversations with Asian American Writers, edited by King-Kok Cheung, pp. 1-20. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.

Introduces an anthology of writings by various Asian American writers who discuss the ways in which they would like their works interpreted. Also provides an overview of Asian American literature.

Chin, Frank, et al., eds. Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers. Washington: Howard University Press, 1974, 200 p.

Anthology of works by Asian American writers.

Christian, Barbara. "But What Do We Think We're Doing Anyway: The State of Black Feminist Criticism(s) or My Version of a Little Bit of History." In Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women, edited by Cheryl A. Wall, pp. 58-74. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1989.

Presents commentary on the lack of coverage of black women authors in feminist journals of the 1970s.

Fornes, Maria Irene, Bertha Harris, Jill Johnston, Lisa Kennedy, and Barbara Smith. "On the Beginnings of Lesbian Literature in the United States: A Symposium with Maria Irene Fornes, Bertha Harris, Jill Johnston, Lisa Kennedy, and Barbara Smith." In Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures, edited by Martin Duberman, pp. 347-55. New York, N.Y.: New York University Press, 1997.

Transcript of a symposium in which several feminist theorists discuss the rise of feminist literature and theory in the United States.

Geiger, Jeffrey. "Re-assessing the Past and Future of Feminist Film Theory." Sexualities 4, no. 2 (May 2001): 246-51.

Reviews three texts focusing on the development of feminist film theory.

Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar. "Introduction: Gender, Creativity, and the Woman Poet." In Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets, edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, pp. xv-xxvi. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979.

Anthology of poetry focusing on women poets, including an introduction tracing the history of the development of poetry by women.

Grice, Helena. "Asian American Women's Prose Narratives: Genre and Identity." In Asian American Studies: Identity, Images, Issues Past and Present, edited by Esther Mikyung Ghymn, pp. 179-204. New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2000.

Proposes that Asian American women's prose narratives offer a complex blend of various genres, including novels, autobiographies, journals, short stories, and novellas, contending that new generations of Asian American writers continue to have unique trajectories of development.

Gupton, Janet L. "'Un-ruling' the Woman: Comedy and the Plays of Beth Henley and Rebecca Gilman." In Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in Literary History and Criticism, edited by Robert L. McDonald and Linda Rohrer Paige, pp. 124-38. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Interprets plays by Beth Henley and Rebecca Gilman as representative examples of new paths being taken by contemporary Southern female playwrights in the arena of comedy.

Hull, Gloria T., and Barbara Smith. "Introduction: The Politics of Black Women's Studies." In All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave, edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, pp. i-xxxiv. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.

Considers the development of black women's studies programs and the politics involved.

Jain, Jasbir, and Avadhesh Kumar Singh, eds. Indian Feminisms. New Delhi, India: Creative Books, 2001, 231 p.

Collection of essays focusing on the development of a feminist literature in Indian writing, including overview essays on many modern Indian texts.

Kuhn, Annette. "Women's Genres: Melodrama, Soap Opera and Theory." In Feminist Film Theory: A Reader, edited by Sue Thornham, pp. 146-56. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Examines theories of representation and cultural production as they pertain to television soap operas and film melodrama.

Landry, Donna. "The Word According to Moi: Politics and Feminist Literary Theory." Criticism 29, no. 1 (winter 1987): 119-32.

Analyzes Moi's statement that her book remains the first complete introduction to the field of feminist criticism, comparing her book to that of K. K. Ruthven's on the same subject.

McAdams, Jane. "Castings for a (New) World: The Poetry of Joy Harjo." In Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering, edited by Jacqueline Vaught Brogan and Cordelia Chávez Candelaria, pp. 210-32. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.

Argues that Harjo writes witness poetry that examines the significance of private experience in the evaluation of public issues.

Mehaffy, Marilyn, and AnaLouise Keating. "'Carrying the Message': Denise Chávez on the Politics of Chicana Becoming." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 26, no. 1 (spring 2001): 127-56.

Interview with Denise Chávez, focusing on her works The Last of the Menu Girls and Face of An Angel.

Mulvey, Laura. "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema." Screen 16, no. 3 (1975): 6-18.

Discusses the significance of the representation of the female form in cinema.

Oha, Obododimma. "Her Dissonant Selves: The Semiotics of Plurality and Bisexuality in Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro." American Drama 6, no. 2 (spring 1997): 67-80.

Theorizes that Funnyhouse of a Negro challenges established notions of sexual identity by broadening the scope of a single artist.

Palumbo-Liu, David. "The Politics of Memory: Remembering History in Alice Walker and Joy Kogawa." In Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literature, edited by Amritjit Singh, Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr., Robert E. Hogan, pp. 211-26. Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University Press, 1996.

Discussion of the relationship between history, memory, and ethnic narrative in the works of Alice Walker and Joy Kogawa.

Sheridan, Susan. "From Margin to Mainstream: Situating Women's Studies." In A Reader in Feminist Knowledge, edited by Sneja Gunew, pp. 61-72. London, England: Routledge, 1991.

Surveys the field of women's studies, focusing on areas of feminist research and teaching as part of the academic mainstream.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Criticism, Feminism, and the Institution." In The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, edited by Sarah Harasym, pp. 1-16. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Interview with Gayatri Spivak, a well-known cultural and literary theorist.

Uraizee, Joya. "Buchi Emecheta and the Politics of Gender." In Black Women Writers Across Cultures: An Analysis of Their Contributions, edited by Valentine Udoh James, James S. Etim, Melanie Marshall James, and Ambe J. Njoh, pp. 171-206. Lanham, Md.: International Scholars Publications, 2000.

Contends that Emecheta's ideology reveals itself in her work via gaps in the narrative rather than through a consistent development of people and events.

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