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A Feminist Perspective in the Academy

The Difference It Makes

The advent of women’s studies has brought a feminist perspective into the academy—but has it made a difference there? Has it transformed our curriculum; has it reshaped our materials; has it altered our knowledge?

In the essays collected here, nine distinguished scholars provide an overview of the differences the feminist perspective makes—and could make—in scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Carefully documented and judiciously critical, these essays inform the reader about developments in feminist scholarship in literary criticism, the performing arts, religion, history, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. The authors point out achievements of lasting value and indicate how these might become an integral part of the various disciplines.

168 pages | 5.75 x 9 | © 1983

Education: Higher Education

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Editor’s Notes
Elizabeth Langland and Walter Gove

The Difference It Makes
Patricia Meyer Spacks

New Directions for Feminist Criticism in Theatre and the Related Arts
Nancy S. Reinhardt

The Feminist Critique in Religious Studies
Rosemary Radford Ruether

What the Women’s Movement Has Done to American History
Carl N. Degler

Speaking From Silence: Women and the Science of Politics
Nannerl O. Keohane

How the Study of Women Has Restructured the Discipline of Economics
Nancy S. Barrett

Anthropology and the Study of Gender
Judith Shapiro

Changing Conceptions of Men and Women: A Psychologist’s Perspective
Janet T. Spence

Women in Sociological Analysis: New Scholarship Versus Old Paradigms
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

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