"Anne Frank Unbound ... tell[s] us a great deal about the myriad uses to which one individual story has been and can be put. ... In addition to these ethical and political questions, the essays engage productively with the aesthetic choices made by writers, visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, and comedians, who recast Anne Frank in a variety of media and situations. ... If Anne Frank Unbound is any indication, the diary will certainly continue ... to raise a set of persistent ethical, political, and aesthetic questions that have been with us since its first publication." —Women's Review of Books
"Hoffert sheds a bright light on the life of the imperious, irascible, opinionated Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. The author posits that Belmont was an unlikely champion of women’s rights and that her work was crucial to the success of women’s rights. Belmont’s money and political connections benefitted women’s causes; her social and celebrity status brought press attention and additional financial support." —CCWH Newsletter
Author Bonnie Morris will return to her alma mater Binghamton University to discuss Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor. Morris's talk, "Radical Visions, Feminist Words: Recalling Binghamton's Women's History Program in the 1980s," will take place May 1 at 7 p.m. She will also sign copies of her book at the event. For more information, visit the university's website.
"This book is painstakingly researched, providing a compelling portrait of the intricacies of Zanzibari politics in the post-independence period and the historical legacies that shaped those politics. ... [I]t will stimulate the sorts of discussions about race, nationalism, and memory that can help to reshape and move scholarship forward."
The Question of Gender
"[The editors] provide fresh analyses of the state of gender studies and the dynamic theories of 'sexual difference' as proposed, tested, and critiqued by Joan Wallach Scott."
Mercury, Mining, and Empire
"With meticulous research and vivid prose, Nicholas A. Robins examines silver mining's human cost in the royal mercury mines of Huancavelica, Peru, and the silver mines of Potosi."
"[V]ibrant texts, brimming with possibilities for rethinking, rereading, and reinflecting the links between perception, ontology, epistemology, politics, and ethics. ... [A]llow[s] for the possibility of further reflections on the material conditions of intellectual inquiry, and for what materialities our 'immaterial labors' might creatively enact, change, transform." —Women's Studies Quarterly
In addition, a combination book fair and publishing seminar will be held in the Omni from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hotel’s Alcott Room. The festival/seminar is free and open to the public. See a complete schedule here.
"In order to illuminate the social and cultural contexts obscured by such shortcuts, Sarkar and Sarkar suggest using nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century reform to analyze concurrent shifts in gendered systems of social regulation, especially through religious orthodox and revivalist movements, and gendered engagements with the state, especially through law ...The Sarkars’ project, however, is much larger than creating a more accurate narrative of social reform in late-colonial India."
Wives, Widows, and Concubines
"Sreenivas’s discussion points to the importance for feminist scholarship of exploring the links among conjugality, kinship, and capitalisms both historically and today."