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. 12, No. 2, March 1

'Giving Memory a Future': Confronting the Legacy of Mass Rape in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina
Abstract Responses to the prevalence of wartime rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1990s civil war has been characterised by a conflicting paradox between the international legal attempts by the ICTY to prosecute perpetrators, and Bosnian society's...
Palestinian Women's Everyday Resistance: Between Normality and Normalisation
Abstract The paper traces Palestinian women's understandings, practices and framings of everyday resistance. Women's resistance acts consist of both materially-based survival strategies and various coping strategies at the ideational level. Focussing...
Re-Articulating the New Mestiza
Abstract This essay provides an overview, critique, and the beginning of a refiguration of Gloria Anzaldua's theorization of the new mestiza as set out in her seminal 1987 book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. By examining both Anzaldua's...
The Tearful Gaze in Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth: Crying, Watching and Nursing
Abstract Using the complex figure of Mary Magdalene, in her various guises as sexualised sinner, repentant weeper and observant watcher, this essay addresses the complexities and contradictions found in Elizabeth Gaskell's 1853 novel Ruth. Although...
Visual Violations: The Ban on Extreme Pornography, Politics of Representation, and the Discursive Creation of 'Docile Bodies'
Abstract This paper focuses on a law that came into force in January 2009 in the United Kingdom prohibiting the viewing and possessing of 'extreme pornography'. This law will be approached through Foucaultian notions of discursive power and 'docile...
'What Happens, or Rather Doesn't Happen': Death and Possibility in Alice James and Christina Rossetti
Abstract The idea of the dying Victorian woman as passive victim or object of desire has justly received critical attention, but this has meant a comparative neglect of the dying Victorian woman as an active, speaking, writing subject. In response,...
Winning and Short-Listed Entries from the 2009 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Annual Student Essay Competition
In this special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies, the Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) is pleased to present the winner and shortlisted entries from it's annual student essay competition. The FWSA was founded in...
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