Women’s Histories for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and March is Women’s History Month. In celebration of these important events, check out our latest titles on women’s history.

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In The Feminist Bookstore Movement, out later this month, Kristen Hogan traces the movement’s rise and fall, showing how the women at the heart of the movement developed theories and practices of lesbian antiracism and feminist accountability that continue to resonate today

Collecting almost four decades of writings by feminist activist Ann Snitow, Feminism of Uncertainty includes well-known essays, such as “A Gender Diary,” along with pieces appearing here for the first time.

Speaking of the SelfThe contributors to Speaking of the Self interrogate the varied ways in which a diverse group of mostly female writers from South Asia—from a seventeenth-century Mughal princess to twentieth century Pakistani novelists—construct and articulate their subjectivity through their autobiographical memoirs, poetry, novels, and diaries.

Margaret Randall offers an intimate portrait of a friend and revolutionary in her latest book, Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary. Santamaría was the only woman to participate in every phase of the Cuban Revolution. Although unknown outside Cuba, Santamaría was part of Fidel Castro’s inner circle and played a key role in post-revolutionary Cuba’s political and artistic development.

RemnantsThe Spectral Wound is an ethnography of sexual violence during the 1971 Bangladesh War for Independence. Nayanika Mookherjee shows how the public celebration of the hundreds of thousands of rape victims—called “birangonas” by the state—works to homogenize and silence the experiences of these women.

Remnants is the spiritual memoir of Civil Rights Movement activist Rosemarie Freeney Harding. She was a religious woman whose spirituality blended several religious practices. Following her death in 2004, her daughter Rachel Harding finished her memoir, recorded interviews, her mother’s journal entries, poems, previously published essays, and a lifetime of conversations.

ddCO_48Early Women Stars,” a special issue of Camera Obscura, gathers work from leading feminists in film studies and takes a fresh look at early film and the creative ventures of women performers. While much of the existing scholarship of the silent era focuses on film form and industrial organization, the essays collected here aim to recover women’s roles in the early decades of cinema. Read the introduction, made freely available.

Interrogating the totalizing perspectives on Chinese gender studies that typically treat China only in binary opposition to the West, “Other Genders, Other Sexualities” focuses on the dynamics of difference within China and probes the complex history of Chinese sexuality and gender formations. The centerpiece of this special issue of differences is the first English translation of Li Xiaojiang’s 1983 post-Mao feminist retheorization of women’s emancipation and sexual differences. The introduction is freely available.

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