Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 3, March

'A Christal Glasse for Christian Women': Meditations on Christ's Passion in the Devotional Literature of Renaissance Women
Abstract This essay explores the complex relationship between women's devotional writing in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and the female claim to the authority to represent Christ's body in textual form. I focus on the literary devices...
'Doesn't That Make You Laugh?': Modernist Comedy in Jean Rhys's after Leaving Mr Mackenzie and Good Morning, Midnight
Abstract This essay seeks to challenge critical analyses that view Jean Rhys's early fiction as unrelentingly bleak and melancholic. I propose that in After Leaving Mr Mackenzie and Good Morning, Midnight, Rhys--often through her own distinctive...
Empowering, Degrading or a 'Mutually Exploitative' Exchange for Women?: Characterising the Power Relations of the Strip Club
Abstract This paper seeks to characterise the gendered and sexualised power relations of both female and male strip clubs, and to signal what this means for establishing positive definitions of female desire. It is argued that while it is not useful...
Fighting for Subjectivity: Articulations of Physicality in Girlfight
Abstract The analysis of Girlfight (Karyn Kusama, 2000) in this paper is framed by critical discourses surrounding physically active female characters in the action genre, the conventions of the boxing film 'genre', the relationship between bodily...
'Sometimes the Meaning of the Text Is Unclear': Making 'Sense' of the SCUM Manifesto in a Contemporary Swedish Context
Abstract In 2003 the first Swedish translation of the well known second-wave feminist manifesto, the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, was published. Publication of this text became intricately involved with a number of other contemporary events...
Speaking of 'Respect for Women': Gender and Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy Discourse, 2001-2004
Abstract The aim of this paper is to examine how a language of 'women's rights' entered into foreign policy discourses of the Bush Administration in the period of 2001-2004. Through a discursive analysis of speeches, press releases, interviews and...
Winning and Short-Listed Entries from the 2007 Feminist and Woman's Studies Association Annual Student Essay Competition
This special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies showcases the winning and short-listed entries from the 2007 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) annual student essay competition. A cornerstone of academic feminism in...
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