Gendered Subjects (RLE Feminist Theory)
The Dynamics of Feminist Teaching
Edited by Catherine Portuges, Margo Culley
Routledge – 2013 – 296 pages
The phrase ‘feminist pedagogy’ couples the contemporary and the traditional, joining current political movements with a concern for the transmission of knowledge more ancient than the Greek word for teaching. Now, two decades after the first Women’s Studies courses appeared on campuses, their place in higher education happily needs little demonstration.
Gendered Subjects combines a number of classic statements on feminist pedagogy from the 1970s with recent original essays making significant and original contributions to the field. As the new scholarship on women has changed the content and structure of knowledge in every field, so this collection aims to mirror this impact on feminist pedagogy, with articles ranging from broad theoretical perspectives on the realities of the classroom to international explorations on how race, gender and class, and political orientation inform feminist enquiry.
Introduction. Part 1: Frameworks and Definitions 1. The politics of nurturance Margo Culley, Arlyn Diamond, Lee Edwards, Sara Lennox, Catherine Portuges 2. Taking women students seriously Adrienne Rich 3. Classroom pedagogy and the new scholarship on women Frances Maher 4. Women’s Studies: a knowledge of one’s own Janice G. Raymond 5. The educational process of Women’s Studies in Argentina: reflections on theory and technique Gloria Bonder Part 2: Transforming the Disciplines 6. Feminist pedagogy as a subversive activity Robert J. Bezucha 7. Teaching mediation: a feminist perspective on the study of law Janet Rifkin 8. Staging the feminist classroom: a theoretical model Helene Keyssar Part 3: Teaching as Other 9. Pink elephants: confessions of a black feminist in an all-white, mostly male English department of a white university somewhere in God’s country Erlene Stetson 10. Is there no room for me in the closet? Or, my life as the only lesbian professor Judith McDaniel 11. A male feminist in a women’s college classroom Diedrick Snoek Part 4: Experiences as Text 12. Breaking silences: life in the feminist classroom Nancy Jo Hoffman 13. Black-eyed blues connections: teaching black women Michele Russell Part 5: Theory as Text 14. Suspicious pleasures: on teaching feminist theory Joan Cocks 15. The spectacle of gender: cinema and psyche Catherine Portuges 16. Mastery, identity and the politics of work: a feminist teacher in the graduate classroom Nancy K. Miller Part 6: Authority and Affect 17. Authority in the feminist classroom: a contradiction in terms? Susan Stanford Friedman 18. Anger and authority in the introductory Women’s Studies classroom Margo Culley Part 7: Communication across Differences 19. How racial differences helped us discover our common ground Mary Helen Washington 20. Toward a pedagogy of Everywoman’s Studies Johnella E. Butler 21. Combating the marginalisation of black women in the classroom Elizabeth V. Spelman 22. Teaching the feminist minority Barbara Hillyer Davis 23. Pedagogy of the oppressors? John Schlib. Selected bibliography. Notes on contributors. Index.