Between Women: Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and by Carol Ascher

By Carol Ascher

First released in 1984, among girls presents groundbreaking analyses of women's writing approximately ladies. A compilation of reports from biographers, novelists, students and artists approximately their respective artistic tactics, this re-creation additionally contains an creation by means of Carolyn Heilbrun. The participants talk about how they selected their ladies topics in addition to the biases and hopes they introduced with them and the discoveries they made.

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The organization is different from country to country and from university to university. The field has emerged and grown under the inspiration of feminist movements and political activism. In some countries, for example, Sweden and Norway, the emergence of Feminist Studies has been accompanied by a public focus on a politics of equal opportunities. But generally, the field has achieved its current academic status through an intellectual struggle against gender-conservative discourses, which in many ways have characterized and still characterize much knowledge production within Academia.

But, as I will argue more elaborately in Chapter 7, the distinction between gender and sex has also caused a lot of problems, creating a problematic separation of sociocultural and bodily material dimensions. As a feminist recognition of these problems gained ground, those of us whose mother tongue has only one word for gender/sex suddenly found ourselves in a linguistically privileged situation when we wanted to explain the intertwining of sociocultural and biological dimensions in our native languages (Widerberg 1998).

Since the foundation of natural history and modern biology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, biologically determinist arguments have been used as powerful political tools. They have been mobilized to legitimize social and cultural inequality, exclusion, subordination, exploitation and power differentials not only between women and men, but also between differently racialized groups, different ethnicities, classes, cultures, nations, mother tongues, sexualities, dis/abilities, ages and so on.

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