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Not a Passing Phrase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History 1840-1985

Not a Passing Phrase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History 1840-1985 Lesbian History Group The Women’s Press 1989 Everything you’ve always wanted to know about women’s history but were afraid to ask, illuminated in this lively and contentious collection of essays. Have lesbians been expunged from history by academics and biographers who wish to deny their existence?…

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History

Mothers and Amazons: The First Feminine History of Culture

Mothers and Amazons: The First Feminine History of Culture Helen Diner Anchor Press 1973 This first feminine history of culture frankly “endeavours to remain as one-sided as possible [since] the other side is fairly well known.” Basing her study on the work of the Swiss anthropologist Bachofen and on the works of Jung and Freud,…

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History Religion

Woman, Church & State: The Original Exposé of Male Collaboration Against the Female Sex

Woman, Church & State: The Original Exposé of Male Collaboration Against the Female Sex Matilsa Joslyn Gage Persephone Press 1980 (1893) The original 1893 manuscript can be read for free here. Woman, Church & State by Matilda Joslyn Gage was originally published in 1893 and then re-published by the feminist press Persephone nearly a century…

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The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History

The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History Gerda Lerner Oxford University Press 1979 Lauded for its contribution to the theory and conceptualization of the field of women’s history and for its sensitivity to the differences of class, ethnicity, race, and culture among women, The Majority Finds Its Past became a classic volume in women’s history…

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History Philosophy Psychiatry

Speculum of the Other Woman

Speculum of the Other Woman Luce Irigaray Éditions de Minuit 1974 Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray is incontestably one of the most important works in feminist theory to have been published in this generation. For the profession of psychoanalysis, Irigaray believes, female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature…

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History Indigenous Spirituality

The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions Paula Gunn Allen Beacon Press 1986 This groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays investigates and celebrates Native American traditions, with special focus on the position of the American Indian woman within those customs. Divided into three sections, the book discusses literature and authors, history and historians,…

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History Literature

Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers

Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers Dale Spender Teachers College Press 1992 Living By The Pen reclaims the literary heritage of early British women writers from the predominantly male tradition. The contributors include some of the most renowned researchers and writers in this are. Together they provide accessible and useful background material on…

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Education History Sociology

The Knowledge Explosion: Generations of Feminist Scholarship

The Knowledge Explosion: Generations of Feminist Scholarship Dale Spender and Cheris Kramarae Teachers College Press 1992 The Knowledge Explosion documents the problems and possibilities for women’s studies, and exposes the resistance to women’s initiatives, authority and autonomy. Contributors offer insights into debates surrounding the nature of knowledge, the multiple realities of female experience, dominance and…

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History Literature

The Writing or the Sex?: Or Why You Don’t Have to Read Women’s Writing to Know It’s No Good

The Writing or the Sex?: Or Why You Don’t Have to Read Women’s Writing to Know It’s No Good Dale Spender Pergamon Press 1989 In The Writing or the Sex? Spender questions the differences between female and male literature. Taking the view that the difference lies not within the writing itself, but in the response…

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Mothers of the Novel: 100 Great Women Writers Before Jane Austen

Mothers of the Novel: 100 Great Women Writers Before Jane Austen Dale Spender Pandora 1986 The printing press was invented in 1450 but it took nearly 300 years before the idea of ‘fiction’ (rather than lying) was accepted. And then it was women who took over the form and made it their own. Not that…