Today is International Women's Day and March is Women's History Month. We have some great new titles in women's studies and feminist theory to celebrate.
In her latest book, The Fantasy of Feminist History, pioneering historian Joan Wallach Scott argues that feminist perspectives on history are enriched by psychoanalytic concepts, particularly fantasy.
A passionate advocate of identity studies and a keen reader of U.S. institutional politics, feminist theorist Robyn Wiegman turns her attention to the critical practices and political ambitions of identity-based fields.
While all philosophers have mothers and the idea of ‘birth’ makes frequent appearances in philosophy (theorists are said to give birth to schools of thought), mothers themselves are strangely absent in the work of major theorists like Marx, Freud, Lacan, and Derrida. In The Theorist's Mother, Andrew Parker examines this apparent absence and finds motherhood and maternity lurking beneath the surface of much of their work.
Turning from theory to social science, South Asian Feminisms, edited by Ania Loomba and Ritty Lukose, intervenes in key areas of feminist scholarship and activism in contemporary South Asia, particularly India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, while asking how this investigation might enrich feminist theorizing and practice globally.
And for a closer look at the lives of South Asian women, check out Smita Tewari Jassal's, Unearthing Gender, an ethnography of lower-caste women in North India and how ideas of caste, gender, sexuality, labor, and power may be strengthened, questioned, and fine-tuned through folk music.
Happy International Women's Day and happy reading!