At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

Literary, Visual and Cultural Representation

Literary, Visual and Cultural Representation
Literary, visual and cultural representation

The sexual politics of literature, film, visual and media cultures have been crucial to the dissemination and development of key areas of feminist theory in the academy and beyond. Feminist scholars in literature, film studies and related disciplines have routinely been at the forefront of questioning the ways in which women (as/and ‘others’) are represented in cultural forms such the novel and the film; the relation of these representations to the reproduction and repudiation of social norms; and the relation of literary and visual text to the psyche and to the cultural meanings attached to femininity and masculinity. Scholars in these fields have raised a range of key issues for feminism, including: the importance of attending ...

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