Johnson’s Work Featured In Forthcoming Book, “Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies”

December 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

Dr. Lisa Johnson, director and associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has a chapter of her work featured in the forthcoming book from Routledge, entitled, “Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies.”  Johnson’s chapter is on the critical genealogy of the term “sexuality” in the academic discipline of Women’s and Gender Studies.

“Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies,” which is edited by Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braitwaite and Diane Lichtenstein, 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.          

According to Dr. Susan Stanford Friedman, Women’s Studies and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “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. It is an absorbing read for women’s and gender studies faculty and excellent for intermediate/advanced courses in women’s and gender studies.”

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Johnson at (864) 503-5724 or