Feminist Theory

Is anybody keeping abreast of the recent feminist theory and can recommend a few titles? By recent I mean the last decade.

I need to write something for a feminist journal, and I need a smattering of theory to mask my profound disinterest in the subject.

15 thoughts on “Feminist Theory”

    1. Don’t you remember my research on intersexuality? I’m very proud of that one. At least, nobody has protested on the grounds I’m not intersex.


      1. Oh, that’s right! I have to seriously read that piece, I’ve read none of the books it discusses and it would educate me…


    1. It’s a good one. I’ll definitely get it once it’s out. I looked up other books by this author and they seem interesting. Thank you!


  1. Robyn Wiegman (Duke) is a fairly big name in feminist studies. Her book Object Lessons (Duke UP, 2012) might be of interest to you (it deals with gender as well as race and queer theory), but I haven’t read it, so I don’t know if it’s any good. Sara Ahmed is another well-know feminist academic who also writes about gender, affect theory, race, and postcolonialism.

    It seems to me that there’s not much feminist theory that focuses on women only, because the concept of “woman” is seen to be “exclusionary.” In many ways, this is a health development–intersectionality serves to remind us that not all women are the same and that we have to take into account other identities (e.g., race) when thinking about women. (Although my favorite academic feminist, Toril Moi, has said that she doesn’t know of any feminists who have ever tried to claim that all women are the same.) But at the same time, I wonder if the category of woman is ceasing to be central in feminism and women’s studies, which has now morphed into gender studies.


      1. I just discovered a promising title: The Making of Emotional Capitalism by Eva Illouz.

        I don’t get excited unless it mentions capitalism. :-)))


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