Feminist Theory


Because "Feminist Theory" is a very broad topic that often overlaps other subject areas, it is of course best to narrow the field of interest when conducting research. However, a starting point may be conducting a Tulanet search, (in either OPAC for books, or DNEW and DOLD for periodical listings of articles) using FEMINIST THEORY as a subject heading. This should yield about 350 book options in OPAC, which you can narrow down. You may want to try other subject headings and keyword searches related to "FEMINISM" and "WOMEN" as well.

Most of the books relating to Feminist Theory can be found in our stacks in the HQ1190 section. Some general Feminist Theory books available in the Women's Center library include:

HQ1421.A47 1993 American Feminist Thought at Century's End: A Reader
HQ1236.J66 1993 British Feminist Thought: A Reader
HQ1190.F69 1991 Feminism Without Illusions: A Critique of Individualism
HQ1180.F44 1995 Feminisms in the Academy
HQ1190.S7813 1995 Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange
HQ1190.F45 1993 Feminist Epistimologies
HM24.F732 1989 Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory

For a good understanding of the history of Feminist Theory, some sources to consult may include:

*HQ12.F6813 1978 History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault *(found at HT)
HQ1596.W6 1976 A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
HQ1420.F7 The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
HQ1208.B352 The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
HQ1154.M5 Sexual Politics by Kate Millet

Essays and books by Freidrich Engels*, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath

Some other more contemporary names to look into include essays and books by:

Luce Irigaray
Allison Jaggar
Joan Scott
Gloria Steinem
Judith Butler, and so forth.

Examples of a narrower topic focus could be:

Feminist Political Theory:
HQ1190.C67 1991 Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism Deconstruction and the Law
HQ1236.J66 1993 Compassionate Authority: Democracy and the Representation of Women
HQ1190.F38 1992 Feminists Theorize the Political
BF692.2.C65 Gender and Power: Society, The Person, and Sexual Politics

Gender Identity and Feminist Theory:

HQ1190.B88 1993 Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex"
HQ471.D 1990 Pornography: Men Possessing Women
QP81.F38 Myths of Gender
HQ1219.W65 1991 The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

African-American Feminist Theory:

Books and Essays by Bell Hooks, Audre Lorde
PS3562.O75.S5 1984 Sister Outsider
HQ1426.J67 Common Differences: Conflict in Black and White Feminist Perspectives
HQ1426.C633 1990 Black Feminist Thought

There are also several Dictionaries and Bibliography Collections (as well as some useful bibliographies available at the end of books on the topic) relating to Feminist Theory both at Howard-Tilton and the Women's Center in the Reference sections. These may provide some pertinent sources to your specific topic that may be difficult to find through Tulanet searches. Using the keyword search: FEMINIST THEORY BIBLIOGRAPHY, provides a useable list of sources.

The Women's Studies Abstracts, is always a good source for finding articles as well, and they provide a brief description which may prove even more helpful.

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