L. Johnson to be published in anthology, Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies

October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Lisa Johnson, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, will have a chapter titled “Sexuality” published in the new anthology Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, edited by Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braithwaite, and Diane Lichtenstein (Taylor & Francis), to be released in December 2011.

Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies re-examines the field’s foundational assumptions by identifying and critically analyzing eighteen of its key terms. Each essay investigates a single term (e.g., feminism, interdisciplinarity, intersectionality) by asking how it has come to be understood and mobilized in Women’s and Gender Studies and then explicates the roles it plays in both producing and shutting down possible versions of the field. The goal of the book is to trace and expose critical paradoxes, ironies, and contradictions embedded in the language of Women’s and Gender Studies—from its high theory to its casual conversations—that relies on these key terms. Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies offers a fresh approach to structuring Feminist Theory, Senior Capstone, and introductory graduate-level courses in Women’s and Gender Studies.

“As a collective meditation on Women and Gender Studies, Rethinking  is more than an interrogation of the reigning assumptions of the field; it is a keen example of the critical art of intellectual risk. By confronting the limits of the field’s foundational investments, this book—ambitious in scope, exacting in critical detail, and passionate in political commitment—insists that what is most vital about the field comes from the imperative to think again.”—Robyn Wiegman, Women’s Studies and Literature, Duke University

“The book’s focus on key words in women’s and gender studies admirably maps past debates, interrogates unexamined assumptions, and pushes the boundaries of the field into new areas such as religion. An absorbing read for WGS faculty and excellent for intermediate/advanced courses in WGS.”—Susan Stanford Friedman, Women’s Studies and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“By providing a series of provocative and thoughtful insights into foundational assumptions, intellectual dilemmas, and analytical challenges, Rethinking makes a valuable contribution to dialogues and debates emerging in the academic field of WGS. It offers a thought-provoking discussion of the discipline and will engage both scholars and advanced undergraduate and graduate students.”—Sikata Banerjee, Women’s Studies, University of Victoria