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.
Chapter 12: Making Memory Work for Feminist Theory
Making Memory Work for Feminist Theory
Someone, I say, will remember us. (Sappho, sixth century BC)
Sappho was confident that someone would remember us despite the fact that women's contributions, as now, were subject to erasure (Jarratt, 2002). As Kate Chedgzoy notes, ‘feminist scholarship is itself a work of memory that has retrieved many women from oblivion as historical actors and recorders. Its very existence bears witness to the gendered and power-laden dynamics of remembering and forgetting’ (Chedgzoy, 2007: 216). But, as Chedgzoy also recognizes, this is not simply a question of being remembered or not but also how and in what forms women and men are remembered: Sappho and her poetry are remembered arguably because, unusually for the time, she ...