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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own
Paperback      ISBN: 0156787334
Describes the domestic obligations, social limitations, and economic factors which impede literary creativity in women
To the Storm: The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman
To the Storm
The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman
Paperback      ISBN: 0520060296
To the Storm by Yue Daiyun and Carolyn Wakeman is the fascinating story of Yue Daiyun, a faculty member at Beijing University. Yue Daiyun was a revolutionary from her early school days. She had been a child during the anti-Japanese war and hated the Guomundang. Accepted as a student at Beida in 1948, she joined the Communist Party's underground Democratic youth League and became a Party member the following year and helped with the Liberation of Beijing. While a student at Beida, she served as a delegate at the Prague 2nd World Student Congress in 1950 and worked in the countryside on land reform in 1951-52. Then she graduated from Beida and became a faculty member in the literature department. She married her husband, Lao Tang, the day after their graduation. He obtained a faculty position in the philosophy department. Both were loyal to Chairman Mao and the goals of the Revolution. Their lives went smoothly for several years until 1958. Yue Daiyun taught Chinese literature and took part in many activities on campus. She read many Western books and supported the formation of a new literary magazine on campus. This eventually brought her into conflict with the authorities and the beginning of two decades of problems and persecution for her and her family. The Party had encouraged openness and criticism of its mistakes and deficiencies in the system. Yue Daiyun had taken part in the discussions, believing that she was helping to build a better China. Summoned to a meeting at her department one day, she was denounced as a rightist. She did not understand what she did wrong, but she was quickly relieved of her teaching duties and sent to the countryside to work and live with the peasants for two years. This was the first of her suspensions from teaching. Both Yue Daiyun and her husband, Lao Tang, were caught up in the persecution and violence of the Cultural Revolution. They had spent two years at a cadre school in Liyouhoz and when they returned to Beijing, Lao Tang was selected to work on a special task force called Liang Xaio. This brought Lao Tang and the group into close association with Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four. When the Gang of Four was arrested, Lao Tang suffered through a year long investigation before being cleared. Throughout this time their family suffered from the persecution of others. In the end, the authorities admitted that they were wrong in their case against her and reinstated her Party membership. In this interesting autobiography, Yue Daiyun tells her story of the life she and her family lived during these somewhat violent and terror-filled years in China.
Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
Mary Todd Lincoln
A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0393305864
Profiles the much-maligned Fist Lady, a woman who was raised in a world of frontier violence, and who, like the nation her husband led during the Civil War, achieved an incomplete victory over internal discord
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
Paperback      ISBN: 0060973463
Chronicling the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family members, a photographic tour includes images of the cabins, homes, and towns in which she lived, as well as pictures of such items as the family Bible and Pa's fiddle. Reprint.
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
Against Our Will
Men, Women and Rape
Paperback      ISBN: 0449908208
Surveys the history of rape and the origins of American rape laws, examines interracial, homosexual, and child rape, and profiles the police-blotter rapist and representative victims
Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema
Alice Doesn't
Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema
Paperback      ISBN: 0253203163
"There is hardly a page in this collection of hard-thought and brilliantly written essays that does not yield some new insight." -- Hayden White "... de Lauretis's writing is brisk and refreshingly lucid." -- International Film Guide
In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth
In the Wake of the Goddesses
Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0449907465
Considers the role and representation of women in polytheistic religions and compares it with the treatment of women in the Judeo-Christian scheme of beliefs. Original.
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Refuge
An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Paperback      ISBN: 0679740244
The author describes her Mormon upbringing, juxtaposing these reminiscences with discussions of the flooding of a wildlife bird sanctuary and its effect on that ecosystem, and her family's legacy of cancer.
The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South
The Plantation Mistress
Woman's World in the Old South
Paperback      ISBN: 0394722531
Examines the place of women in the daily life of the Southern plantations before the Civil War and analyzes the women's relationship with slaves and their masters
Women's Reality: An Emerging Female System in a White Male Society
Women's Reality
An Emerging Female System in a White Male Society
Paperback      ISBN: 0062507702
Defines the Female System as an emerging reality--a system in which women are valued, first-class citizens. Now with a new foreword by Carol S. Pearson.