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. 9, No. 2, March

A Transient Transition: The Cultural and Institutional Obstacles Impeding the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition (NIWC) in Its Progression from Informal to Formal Politics
Abstract Women have traditionally occupied a perilous position in Northern Irish politics, ultimately constrained from participating on their own terms by its dominant discourses of nationalism, conflict and realism. Alienated from the formal political...
Body and the Text/body of the Text in Mina Loy's Songs to Joannes
Abstract This essay advances a close reading of Mina Loy's Songs to Joannes, a sequence of poems dedicated to her failed relationship with the futurist Giovanni Papini and published in 1917. Through a close analysis of the typographical complexities...
Confessing the Secrets of Others: Pascale Petit's Poetic Employment of Latin American Cultures and the Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo
Abstract This essay works to review the poetry of the Welsh-French writer Pascale Petit through the lens of recent theoretical scholarship relating to women, violence, and confession. More specifically, through a detailed analysis of two of her...
No Women Allowed: Exclusion and Accountability in Men's Anti-Rape Groups
Abstract This paper is a discursive analysis of men's anti-rape organizations that exclude women, either from physically attending meeting or presentations, or representationally, in that women's perspectives about rape and sexual assault are absent...
Politics, Sexualities, and New Feminist Scholarship Winning and Short-Listed Entries for the 2006 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK and Ireland) Annual Student Essay Competition
This special issue features the winning and short-listed entries from the 2006 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) annual student essay competition. This competition--now an established institution within the feminist community--seeks to...
'The Darkness Is the Closet in Which Your Lover Roosts Her Heart': Lesbians, Desire and the Gothic Genre
Abstract This paper discusses the use of the Gothic genre in two 'lesbian' novels (2): Nightwood by Djuna Barnes (1936) and Affinity by Sarah Waters (1999). (3) The Gothic, I argue, is employed and manipulated in order to counter the repressive...
The Female Body in Margaret Atwood's the Edible Woman and Lady Oracle
Abstract This essay examines scholarly discourses about embodiment, and their increasing scholarly currency, in relation to two novels by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. Like many of Atwood's other works, The Edible Woman (1969) and Lady Oracle...
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