Women, Gender and Literature Concentration

Field List


Students who wish to prepare for a field examination in Women, Gender and Literature should, in consultation with their advisors, create a list of 60-80 items that include 25-30 of the following.  The balance of the list for any particular student�s examination may also be chosen from the list below but might also include other works, both primary and secondary, as approved by advisors.


Alcoff, Linda. "Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structualism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory," Signs 13 (1988): 405-23.

Alexander, M. Jacqui. Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred.

Anzaldua, Gloria.  Borderlands/La Frontera:  The New Mestiza.

Armstrong, Nancy.  Desire and Domestic Fiction:  A Political History of the Novel.

Barrett, Michele.  Women�s Oppression Today.

Berlant, Lauren.  The Female Complaint.

de Beauvoir. Simone, The Second Sex

Boswell, John.  Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality:  Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century.

Bridenthal, et al., Becoming Visible: Women in European History

Butler, Judith.  Gender Trouble:  Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.

Collins, Patricia Hill.  Black Feminist Thought:  Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment.

Bynum, Caroline Walker.  Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women

Combahee River Collective, �A Black Feminist Statement.�

Cixous, Helene.  The Newly Born Woman

Daly, Mary.  Gyn/Ecology:  The Metaethics of Radical Feminism.

Davis, Natalie Zemon and Dorothy Farge, A History of Women in the West

DuBois, Page.  Sowing the Body:  Psychoanalysis and Ancient Representations of Women.

Enloe, Cynthia.  Does Khaki Become You?  The Militarization of Women�s Lives.

Felman, Shoshana.  What Does a Woman Want?  Reading and Sexual Difference.

Ferguson, et al., Rewriting the Renaissance

Fetterley. Judith.  The Resisting Reader:  A Feminist Approach to American Fiction.

Foucault, Michel.  The History of Sexuality Vol. I

----- Discipline and Punish:  The Birth of the Prison

Freud, Sigmund. Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

Fuss, Diana.  Essentially Speaking.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar.  The Madwoman in the Attic:  The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth Century Literary Imagination.

Gilligan, Carol.   In a Different Voice

Grewal, Inderpal and Caren Kaplan.  Scattered Hegemonies:  Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices.

Grosz, Elizabeth.  Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Halberstam, Judith.  Female Masculinity.

Halperin, David.  One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love.

Haraway, Donna.  Simians, Cyborgs, and Women.

Hartsock, Nancy M.  �The Feminist Standpoint:  Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism�

hooks, bell.  Feminist Theory:  From Margin to Center.

Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Christian. All the Women Are White, and All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave.

Irigaray, Luce.  This Sex Which is Not One

Jacobs, Harriet.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Jacobus, Mary.  Reading Woman.

Jardine, Lisa. Still Harping on Daughters

Kelly, Joan.  Women, History, Theory.

Kolodny, Annette.  The Land Before Her:  Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860.

Kristeva, Julia.  Tales of Love.

Lowe, Lisa.  Immigrant Acts.

Lorde, Audre.  Sister Outsider:  Essays and Speeches.

Martinez, Elizabeth.  �La Chicana.�

Marks and DeCourtivron, New French Feminisms

Marx, Karl and Fredrich Engels.  �The Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State.�

Mernissi, Fatima.  The Veil and the Male Elite:  A Feminist Interpretation of Women�s Rights in Islam.

Mill, John Stuart.  �On the Subjection of Women.�

Minh-ha, Trinh T.  Woman, Native, Other:  Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade.  �Under Western Eyes:  Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.�

Moraga, Cherrie, Gloria Anzaldua and Barbara Smith, eds.  This Bridge Called My Back:  Writings by Radical Women of Color

Mulvey, Laura.  �Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.�

Oliver, Kelly.  Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media

Radway, Janice.  Reading the Romance.

Rich, Adrienne.  Of Woman Born:  Motherhood as Experience and Institution.

-----.  �Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.�

Rose, Jacqueline and Juliet Mitchell.  Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the �cole Freudienne

Rubin, Gayle.  "The Traffic in Women:  Notes on the Political Economy of Sex" and �Thinking Sex:  Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.�

Russ, Joanna.  How to Suppress Women�s Writing.

Scott, Joan W.  Gender and the Politics of History.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky.  Epistemology of the Closet. 

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofksy.  Between Men:  English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire.

Showalter, Elaine.  A Literature of Their Own:  British Women Writers from Bronte to Lessing.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty.  �Three Women�s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism.�

Tompkins, Jane.  Sensational Designs:  The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860.

Trexler, Richard.  Sex and Conquest: Gendered Violence, Political Order, and the European Conquest of the Americas

Wittig, Monique.  The Straight Mind and Other Essays.

Wollstonecraft, Mary.  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Woolf, Virginia.  A Room of One�s Own.

Zimmerman, Bonnie.  The Safe Sea of Women:  Lesbian Fiction 1969-1989.