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. 5, No. 2, March

An Exploration of Quaker Women's Writing between 1650 and 1700
Abstract Throughout the tumultuous period that was the English Civil War, there was a great change in society's values and beliefs resulting in the establishment of many new political and religious groups. Quakerism, established in the 1640's, appealed...
An Illimitable Field: A Practice-Based Investigation into the Writing Process
Abstract This essay will be presented in two parts. The first part contains the opening chapter of my novel, Cork Dolls. This novel, as yet unpublished, has been written as part of a practice-based PhD looking at contemporary women's fiction. Cork...
In Spite of Challenges by "Black" and "Third World" Women, Do Mainstream Feminist Theories Still Reflect the Concerns of White Women?
Abstract This paper examines the extent to which, despite challenges by "black" and "third world" women, mainstream feminist theory continues to be dominated by the concerns of white women. It considers the problematic nature of categories such...
My, Is That Cyborg a Little Bit Queer?
Abstract This piece of work is a response to the following question: 'Critically assess the importance, or otherwise, of Donna Haraway's "manifesto" for early twenty-first century feminists'. Based on Stein and Plummer's outline of queer theory...
New Writings in Women's Studies: Selected Essays from the First Women's Studies Network (U.K.) Association Essay Contest
Introduction The aim of this special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies (JIWS) is to showcase the winning and shortlisted entries for the 1st Annual Essay Competition, run by the Women's Studies Network (UK) Association (WSN)...
Reading as Act of Queer Love: The Role of Intimacy in the "Readerly" Contract
Abstract The following paper has been revised from my 2001 MA thesis, which asked 'Is it possible to define a strategy for reading queer?' This includes an investigation of how the traditionally stable categories of reader/text/author may be redefined...
The Prisoner of Gender: Foucault and the Disciplining of the Female Body
Abstract The work of Michel Foucault has been extremely influential amongst feminist scholars and for good reason; his meditations on discipline, power, sexuality and subjectivity are particularly pertinent to feminist analysis. Yet despite his...
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