• Feminism & feminist theory
      June 2014

      Girl Trouble

      Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women

      by Carol Dyhouse

      Girls behave badly. If they're not obscenity-shouting, pint-swigging ladettes, they're narcissistic, living dolls floating around in a cloud of self-obsession, far too busy twerking to care. And this is news. In this witty and wonderful book, Carol Dyhouse shows that where there's a social scandal or a wave of moral outrage, you can bet a girl is to blame. Whether it be stories of 'brazen flappers' staying out and up all night in the 1920s, inappropriate places for Mars bars in the 1960s or Courtney Love's mere existence in the 1990s, bad girls have been a mass-media staple for more than a century. And yet, despite the continued obsession with their perceived faults and blatant disobedience, girls are infinitely better off today than they were a century ago. This is the story of the challenges and opportunities faced by young women growing up in the swirl of the twentieth century, and the pop-hysteria that continues to accompany their progress.

    • Crime & mystery
      July 2014

      The Cleansing

      by Michael Connor

    • Gender studies: women
      February 2011

      Our Mother's Land

      Chapters in Welsh Women's History, 1830-1939

      by Angela John (Editor)

      This volume marks the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of this groundbreaking book. It reflects the pioneering research of its contributors to the development of modern Welsh women’s history. The eight chapters range widely across time (1830-1939) and place, from exploring working class women’s community sanctions and the perils facing collier’s wife to the very different lifestyles of ironmasters’ wives. They also tackle the idealised images of respectable Welsh women in periodicals and the tragic reality of those who took their own lives as well as showing us the transgressive actions of suffrage rebels. They examine how women carved out space within movements such as temperance and track the fluctuating fortunes of women’s employment and domestic life from the Great War to the eve of the Second World War. This volume makes available once more a book that has become a classic in its field and a vital part of the historiography of modern Wales. This expanded edition also brings us up to date. It reveals the research and publications of the last two decades and comments upon the extent to which Wales has moved beyond being the familiar ‘land of our fathers’. Written in a lively and accessible style, it nevertheless draws upon a wealth of research and expertise and should appeal to both the academic community and to a much wider readership.

    • Gender studies: women
      February 2011

      Mothers, Wives and Changing Lives

      Women in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Wales

      by Sally Baker (Author), B J Brown (Author),

    • Gender studies: women
      November 2012

      Women's Writing and Muslim Societies

      The Search for Dialogue, 1920-present

      by Sharif Gemie (Author)

      Women’s Writing and Muslim Societies looks at the rise in works concerning Muslim societies by both western and Muslim women – from pioneering female travellers like Freya Stark and Edith Wharton in the early twentieth century, whose accounts of the Orient were usually playful and humorous, to the present day and such works as Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter, which present a radically different view of Muslim Societies marked by fear, hostility and even disgust. The author, Sharif Gemie, also considers a new range of female Muslim writers whose works suggest a variety of other perspectives that speak of difficult journeys, the problems of integration, identity crises and the changing nature of Muslim cultures; in the process, this volume examines varied journeys across cultural, political and religious borders, discussing the problems faced by female travellers, the problems of trans-cultural romances and the difficulties of constructing dialogue between enemy camps.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2012

      Women's Writing and Muslim Societies

      The Search for Dialogue, 1920-present

      by Sharif Gemie (Author)

      Women’s Writing and Muslim Societies looks at the rise in works concerning Muslim societies by both western and Muslim women – from pioneering female travellers like Freya Stark and Edith Wharton in the early twentieth century, whose accounts of the Orient were usually playful and humorous, to the present day and such works as Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter, which present a radically different view of Muslim Societies marked by fear, hostility and even disgust. The author, Sharif Gemie, also considers a new range of female Muslim writers whose works suggest a variety of other perspectives that speak of difficult journeys, the problems of integration, identity crises and the changing nature of Muslim cultures; in the process, this volume examines varied journeys across cultural, political and religious borders, discussing the problems faced by female travellers, the problems of trans-cultural romances and the difficulties of constructing dialogue between enemy camps.

    • Gender studies: women
      June 2014

      Dwy Gymraes, Dwy Gymru

      Hanes Bywyd a Gwaith Gwyneth Vaughan a Sara Maria Saunders

      by Rosanne Reeves (Author)

      Cyflwyniad o fywyd a gwaith dwy awdur benywaidd o gefn gwlad Cymru yn ail hanner y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg a geir yn y llyfr hwn. Mae’n torri tir newydd yn hanes llenyddiaeth y Gymraes gan nad oes ymchwil manwl wedi ei wneud cyn hyn ar Gwyneth Vaughan a Sara Maria Saunders, dwy a bontiodd y bwlch rhwng yr awduresau petrusgar a ddenwyd allan o’u hogofâu gan Granogwen, golygydd y Frythones (1879–89), a’r rhai a ddaeth ar eu hôl yn yr ugeinfed ganrif. Dyma ychwanegiad gwerthfawr at yr amryw gyfrolau ac erthyglau sydd wedi ymddangos ers yr 1980au ar gyfraniad hollbwysig y Gymraes at ddiwylliant ei chenedl. Mae’n lyfr delfrydol i unrhyw un sy’n ymddiddori yn hanes a llenyddiaeth y Gymraes yn ail hanner y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg, gan dorri tir newydd yn hanes llenyddiaeth y Gymraes a chyfoethogi ein dealltwriaeth o awduron benywaidd anghofiedig y Gymru Gymraeg.

    • Gender studies: women
      July 2014

      Y Llawes Goch a’r Faneg Wen

      Y Corff Benywaidd a’i Symbolaeth mewn Ffuglen Gymraeg gan Fenywod

      by Mair Rees (Author)

      Mae’r gyfrol hon yn gofyn ‘sut mae awduron benywaidd wedi ymdrin â’u profiadau corfforol mwyaf dwys a phersonol yn ei ffuglen Cymraeg ?’ Defnyddia bersbectif ffeministaidd i ystyried potensial y corff benywaidd fel cyfrwng symbolaidd i fynegi syniadau ehangach am ein diwylliant. Ceir trafodaeth eang a deallus sydd yn rhychwantu sawl cenhedlaeth o awduron, o Dyddgu Owen a Kate Bosse-Griffiths yn y pumdegau hyd at awduron cyfoes megis Bethan Gwanas a Caryl Lewis.

    • Human rights
      April 2001

      Women Witnessing Terror

      Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights

      by Anne Cubilie

      A model of engaged scholarship, this book examines first-person testimonials by women who have survived abuse and atrocity in zones of conflict and terror. Drawing on a wide range of sources and settings, including genocide, state terror, ethnic cleansing, and war, Anne Cubilie uses survivor testimony as theoretical invention, placing personal witness in dialogue with work by philosophers, literary theorists, and others who study the space between victim and survivor, ethical witness and silenced observer, male and female. This nuanced example of ethical criticism demonstrates forcefully how ethical witnessing - listening to the voices of survivors - reformulates the language of human rights and enhances its ability to intervene against violence and oppression.

    • Literary studies: general
      December 2005

      Encarnacion

      Illness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature

      by Suzanne Bost

    • Social welfare & social services

      A Roof Over My Head

      Homeless Women and the Shelter Industry

      by Jean Calterone Williams

      Based upon extensive ethnographic data, 'A Roof Over My Head' examines the lives of homeless women who often care for children and live in small shelters and transitional living centres. Previous literature on homelessness has focused on those living literally on the streets or in large armoury-style shelters.As William maintains, such studies often overlook those homeless women -- many with children -- who live in small shelters and transitional living centres. The author draws upon interviews with homeless women, interviews with housed people, and, finally, evaluations of shelter services, philosophies, and policies to get at the causes and social construction of homelessness.'A Roof Over My Head' is a ground-breaking study that unveils the centrality of abuse and poverty in homeless women's lives and outlines ways in which societal responses can and should be more effective.

    • Political ideologies

      Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace

      Conservative Women and the Crusade Against Communism

      by Mary Brennan

      Mary Brennan examines conservative women's anti-communist activism in the years immediately after World War II. She describes the Cold War context in which these women functioned and the ways in which women saw communism as a very real danger to domestic security and American families. From writing letters and hosting teas to publishing books and running for political office, they campaigned against communism and, incidentally, discovered the power they had to effect change through activism. Brennan reveals how the willingness of these deeply conservative women to leave the domestic sphere and engage publicly in politics evinces the depth of America's postwar fear of communism. She further argues that these conservative, anti-communist women pushed the boundaries of traditional gender roles and challenged assumptions about women as political players by entering political life to publicly promote their ideals.

    • Biography: general

      Alaska's Daughter

      An Eskimo Memoir of the 20th Century

      by Elizabeth Pinson

      Elizabeth B. Pinson shares with us her memories of Alaska's emergence into a new and modern era, bearing witness to history in the early twentieth century as she recalls it. She draws us into her world as a young girl of mixed ethnicity, with a mother whose Eskimo family had resided on the Seward Peninsula for generations and a father of German heritage. Growing up in and near the tiny village of Teller on the Bering Strait, Elizabeth at the age of six, despite a harrowing, long midwinter sled ride to rescue her, lost both her legs to frostbite when her grandparents, with whom she was spending the winter in their traditional Eskimo home, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Fitted with artificial legs financed by an eastern benefactor, Elizabeth kept journals of her struggles, triumphs, and adventures, recording her impressions of the changing world around her and experiences with the motley characters she met. These included Roald Amundsen, whose dirigible landed in Teller after crossing the Arctic Circle; the ill-fated 1921 British colonists of Wrangel Island in the Arctic; trading ship captains and crews; prospectors; doomed aviators; and native reindeer herders. Elizabeth moved on to boarding school, marriage, and the state of Washington, where she compiled her records into this memoir and where, now in her 90s, she lives.

    • Biography: general

      Helen Foster Snow

      An American Woman in Revolutionary China

      by Kelly Ann Long

      Helen Foster Snow: An American Woman in Revolutionary China tells the story of a remarkable woman born in rural Utah in 1907, who lived in China during the 1930's and became an important author, a lifelong humanitarian, and a bridge-builder between the United States and China. As Kelly Ann Long recounts in this engaging biography, Helen Foster Snow immersed herself in the social and political currents of a nation in turmoil. After marrying renowned journalist Edgar Snow, she developed her own writing talents and offered an important perspective on emerging events in China as that nation was wracked by Japanese invasion, the outbreak of World War II, and a continuing civil war. She supported the December Ninth Movement of 1935, broke boundaries to enter communist Yenan in 1937, and helped initiate the "gung ho" Chinese Industrial Co-operative movement. Helen Foster Snow wrote about the people and events in China's remote communist territories during an important era. She relayed detailed portraits of female communist leaders and famous figures such as Mao Zedong and Zhu De, as well as common people struggling to survive in a period of increasing turmoil. Her informed, compassionate depictions built a bridge linking American interest to the welfare of the Chinese. Long's account recovers the story of a controversial and important commentator on a critical period in U.S.-China relations and in Chinese history.

    • Religion & beliefs

      History Of Louisa Barnes Pratt

      The Autobiography of a Mormon Missionary Widow and Pioneer

      by ed. S. George Ellsworth

      Volume 3, Life Writings of Frontier Women series, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher In her memoir, and 1870s revision of her journal and diary, Louisa Barnes Pratt tells of childhood in Massachusetts and Canada during the War of 1812, and independent career as a teacher and seamstress in New England, and her marriage to the Boston seaman Addison Pratt. Converting to the LDS Church, the Pratts moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, from where Brigham Young sent Addison on the first of the long missions to the Society Islands that would leave Louisa on her own. As a sole available parent, she hauled her children west to Winter Quarters, to Utah in 1848, to California, and, in Addison's wake, to Tahiti in 1850. The Pratts joined the Mormon colony at San Bernardino, California. When in 1858 a federal army's march on Utah led to the colonists' recall, Addision—alienated from the Mormon Church after long absences—chose not to go. Mostly separated thereafter (Addison died in 1872), Louisa settled in Beaver, Utah, where she campaigned for women's rights, contributed to the Woman's Exponent, and depended on her own means, as she had much of her life, until her death in 1880.

    • Biography: historical, political & military

      Mormon Midwife

      The 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Sessions

      by Donna Smart

      Volume 2, Life Writings of Frontier Women series, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Patty Session's 1847 Mormon Trail diary has been widely quoted and excerpted, but her complete diaries chronicling the first decades of Mormon settlement at Salt Lake City have never before been published. They provide a detailed record of early Mormon community life from Illinois to Utah through the eyes of Mormondom's most famous midwife. They also recount her important role in women's social networks and her contributions to community health and Utah's economy, to pioneer education and horticulture. Patty Sessions assisted at the births of humdreds of early Mormons and first-generation Utahns, meticulously recording the events. Shed had an active role in the founding of the Relief Society and health organizations. She spoke in tongues and administered spiritually as well as medically to the ill. Her diaries are a rich resource for early Mormon and Utah history.

    • Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

      Out Of The Black Patch

      by Noel Carmack

    • Religion & beliefs

      Mormon Healer & Folk Poet

      Mary Susannah Fowler's Life of "Unselfish Usefulness"

      by Margaret Brady

      Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler, 1862-1920, lived in the village of Orderville, Utah, which was named for the Mormon communitarian system practiced there. She married Henry Ammon Fowler in 1880 and moved in 1888 to Huntington, Utah. They had eight children, and Henry took a second wife, becoming a polygamist. Mary was not well known outside her community, but she led a remarkable life of selfless service. Folklorist Margaret Brady, intrigued by a photograph and part of a diary, set out to piece together who Mary Fowler was, using fragmentary materials, including Mary's diary, poetry, and essays; her husband's journals; a grandson's biography of her; records of organizations in which she was active; and oral narratives passed down through descendants. The life Brady reconstructed was shaped by shared values concerning community and by Mary's conviction of the importance of social interconnections. Mary's work as a nurse, healer, and midwife, grounded in traditional medicinal practices, extended her reach widely among her neighbors. She was an active leader in LDS Church and other organizations for women. Her folk poetry, written in culturally accepted forms, allowed her to examine, critique, and celebrate the values of her community. Brady brings to this reconstruction an eclectic, interdisciplinary approach. Drawing on reflexive ethnography, Brady emphasizes her own involvement with her subject and with the multiple discourses that, in combination, give her access to Mary Fowler's identity. She encourages her readers to collaborate in piecing together the meaning of Mary's life, reading her autobiographical texts and others in juxtaposition with Brady's understanding of that life; participating in the construction of Mary Fowler's "self" through her poetry, life writings, and community service, and thereby experiencing the interconnectedness she so prized.

    • Local history

      Mormon Sisters

      Women in Early Utah

      by Claudia Bushman

      In the last twenty years, an increasing number of books on the history of Utah and Mormon women have appeared. The book that led the way for these varied studies came to be when a group of Boston-area women, connected with the periodical Exponent II (named in honor of its nineteenth century predecessor, The Woman's Exponent), got together to publish a collection of topical essays on Utah women's history titled Mormon Sisters. The book became a minor classic in Mormon women's studies and inspired several imitators. Mormon Sisters has been out of print for a number of years. Now back in print, this new edition adds new illustrations, an updated reading list, information on the subsequent careers of the contributors, and an introduction by prominent historian Anne Firor Scott, author of numerous books, including Southern Lady.

    • Sociology & anthropology

      Mother's Table Father's Chair

      Cultural Narratives of Basque American Women

      by Jacqueline Thursby

      Despite long residence in the United States, especially the West, Basque Americans are probably one of the least known of the nation's ethnic groups. Moreover, though a significant number of ethnographic and other works on Basques have been published, very few of them to any great extent discuss Basque American women or their cultural roles. The common image of Basque Americans is of male sheepherders. Many Basques did pursue that occupation when they first arrived in America, but the men were not the only immigrants. Sheepherders and others found ethnic communion and support in Basque boarding houses and hotels, usually run by women. Those who stayed in this country often brought over their families or married women from the old country who then migrated. Many women migrated on their own. As new generations of native Basque Americans were born, women often became the principal carriers and preservers of cultural tradition as well as primary agents of Americanization, as they sought and encouraged their children to seek the educational and material benefits of the United States. Jacqueline Thursby interviewed Basque American women across the West, observed and participated in cultural activities and events, and did supplementary research in the Basque region of Spain and France to prepare this first overview of the culture of Basque American women. Supplementing the narratives of her informants with her own commentary and interpretations, she clarifies the role of women in the evolution of Basques into Basque Americans.

    Subscribe to our newsletter