Women's Studies
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A Doll's House
A Doll's House
Paperback      ISBN: 0486270629
Ibsen's best-known play displays his genius for realistic prose drama. An expression of women's rights, the play climaxes when the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house."
Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Good Wives
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Paperback      ISBN: 0679732578
This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden -- and not always stoic -- face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens -- and the considerable power -- of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising -- and, all too often, mourning -- her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, Good Wives is history at its best.
Life and Death in Shanghai
Life and Death in Shanghai
Paperback      ISBN: 014010870x
This account of the horrors faced by the author during China's Cultural Revolution tells of her arrest, the failed attempts to make her confess to spying, her imprisonment, and the story of her survival
Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
Paperback      ISBN: 0472063383
Essays by the distinguished American author, Marge Piercy, examine feminist culture, the nature of literature, and the writing of her poetry and novels
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow
The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
Paperback      ISBN: 0140237208
Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the ...life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness—so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart." But the diary soon fell into disgrace. Condemning it as an adult-written hoax, skeptics stirred a scandal that drove the book into obscurity and shattered the frail spirit of its author. Discovering the diary by chance, bestselling author Benjamin Hoff set out to solve the longstanding mystery of its origin. His biography of Opal that accompanies the diary provides fascinating proof that the document is indeed authentic—the work of a magically gifted child, America's forgotten interpreter of nature.
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development
In a Different Voice
Psychological Theory and Women's Development
Paperback      ISBN: 0674445449
An assessment of psychological misinterpretations of women attempts to refocus perspectives on female personality and correct misconceptions of female psychological growth
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.
Gynecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism
Gynecology
The Metaethics of Radical Feminism
Paperback      ISBN: 0807014133
"In this deeply original, provocative book, outrage, hilarity, grief, profanity, lyricism and moral daring join in bursting the accustomed bounds even of feminist discourse." —The New York Times Book Review
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
The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
The Sphinx in the City
Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0520078640
Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities—London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Paulo—and presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate women—and the working class and ethnic minorities—by means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.