2008-09 Affiliate Publications
Recent Books & Films by CSWS Affiliates and Staff
Many of these projects received CSWS funding.
Lynn Fujiwara is associate professor in the UO departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and of Ethnic Studies. She is a member of the CSWS Executive Committee and co-leader of the CSWS Women of Color Project. This book won the 2008 Book Award in Social Sciences from the Association for Asian American Studies. Publisher’s Synopsis
Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination (University of Arizona Press, 2009); Analisa Taylor, 234 pages.
Taylor received a 2004 CSWS Research Support Grant for some of the research used in her book. A UO associate professor of Spanish and a member of CSWS’s Americas research interest group, she has been conducting research in Mexico City and the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca since 1998. Her book “focuses on representations of indigenous peoples in postrevolutionary literary and intellectual history by examining key cultural texts.” She also takes a gendered look at indigenous women “ranging from the villainized Malinche to the highly romanticized and sexualized Zapotec women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.”
The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawi (Temple University Press, 2009); Lisa Gilman, 264 pages.
In Malawi, groups of women usually dance and perform praise songs for politicians and political parties, animated performances that attract and energize potential voters. These performances are among the only ways women can participate in Malawi’s male-dominated political system. Gilman looks at issues of gender, economics, and politics and the surprising ways in which they collide. One reviewer described this as a “must-read for anyone interested in women, gender, and power in Africa.” Gilman is an assistant professor in the Department of English and the Folklore Program at the UO.
What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford, 2009); Peggy Pascoe, 404 pages.
UO history professor and CSWS affiliate Peggy Pascoe won the Lawrence W. Levine Prize and the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for this book, which shows how the invention of the word “miscegenation” and the claim that interracial marriage was “unnatural” were used to justify the passage, spread, and enforcement of laws banning interracial marriage. Miscegenation laws laid the groundwork for America’s post–Civil War systems of white supremacy and racial segregation. When they were at their height, between 1890 and 1948, they covered thirty American states and banned marriage between Whites and Blacks, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, and American Indians. America’s obsession with preventing interracial marriage was intimately linked to another, even more revealing story, for the label “unnatural” held the extraordinary power that it did because ideas about the nature of race were interwoven with ideas about the nature of gender and sexuality. This book shows that miscegenation law was a national—and multiracial—project; that it was a legal factory for the production of race in everything from public opinion to criminal prosecutions to the structuring of families, and that it was inextricably tied to gender and sexuality. Finally, What Comes Naturally raises questions about what is and isn’t really natural or unnatural in order to expose the powerfully pernicious effects these labels have had in America’s past—and in America’s present.
Women, Media, and Rebellion in Oaxaca: A documentary by Gabriela Martínez (RT 37 minutes): This documentary captures the unprecedented takeover in August 2006 of COR-TV, the state’s radio and television stations in Oaxaca, Mexico, when women marched to its installations to voice their political, social, economic, and cultural concerns and ended up taking over the airwaves. It all began when police responded to a teachers’ strike with brutal repression, turning the city of Oaxaca into a battle camp and leading to the formation of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).Issues of justice, women’s rights, and human rights violations are at the core of this social uprising, in which media became an important site of struggle.
“In the 1970s and early 1980s, mothers who came out as lesbians routinely lost custody of their children to homophobic court systems and outraged fathers,” says author Melissa Hart. When she was 9 years old, this happened to her mother in Southern California, and Hart and her younger siblings weren’t allowed to live with her again until they turned 18.
Hart documented this era in her new memoir Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. In 2007, CSWS awarded Melissa Hart a grant to work on this book. Hart teaches journalism at the University of Oregon and memoir writing for U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program. For more information about Hart’s work, visit her website at www.melissahart.com.
Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s (American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society 2009) by Judy Green and Jeanne LaDuke.
Co-author Jeanne LaDuke received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1969.
From the publisher: “More than 14 percent of the PhD’s awarded in the United States during the first four decades of the twentieth century went to women, a proportion not achieved again until the 1980s. This book is the result of a study in which the authors identified all of the American women who earned PhD’s in mathematics before 1940, and collected extensive biographical and bibliographical information about each of them. By reconstructing as complete a picture as possible of this group of women, Green and LaDuke reveal insights into the larger scientific and cultural communities in which they lived and worked. The book contains an extended introductory essay, as well as biographical entries for each of the 228 women in the study. The authors examine family backgrounds, education, careers, and other professional activities.”
Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States (University of Chicago Press, 2008); Ellen Herman, 368 pages.
Who belongs in families? Which children and adults belong together? How should families be made? The answers to these questions changed dramatically in the United States during the past century. Kinship by Design covers the history of adoption during the 20th century, concentrating especially on the period from the 1910s through the mid-1970s, with an epilogue that covers the past 30 years.
Ellen Herman is an historian of the modern United States with special interests in the human sciences, social engineering, and therapeutic culture. She has also written two other books. One is about the impact of psychology on public policy and culture during and after World War II: The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts (University of California Press, 1995). The other is a contribution to a series of books for young readers on “Issues in Lesbian and Gay Life”: Psychiatry, Psychology, and Homosexuality (New York: Chelsea House, 1995). In recent years, her work has been supported by fellowships at Harvard Law School and Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute, as well as by a major research grant from the Science and Technology Studies Program of the National Science Foundation. During the 2004-2005 academic year, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard University Department of the History of Science.
Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009); Elizabeth Reis 224 pages.
Bodies in Doubt traces the changing definitions, perceptions, and medical management of intersex (atypical sex development) in America from the colonial period to the present day. From the beginning, intersex bodies have been marked as “other,” as monstrous, sinister, threatening, inferior, and unfortunate. Some nineteenth-century doctors viewed their intersex patients with disrespect and suspicion. Later, doctors showed more empathy for their patients’ plights and tried to make correct decisions regarding their care. Yet definitions of “correct” in matters of intersex were entangled with shifting ideas and tensions about what was natural and normal, indeed about what constituted personhood or humanity. Elizabeth Reis is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies.
The Answer/La Respuesta, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2009) Second Critical Edition and Translation by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell
The Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, known as the first feminist of the Americas, enjoyed an international reputation as one of the great lyric poets and dramatists of her time. This translation brings to the language her own emphasis and diction, and reveals the remarkable scholarship, subversiveness, and even humor she drew on in defense of her cause.
This expanded bilingual edition includes the fully annotated primary text, The Answer/La Respuesta (1691), which is Sor Juana’s impassioned response to years of attempts by church officials to silence her; the letter that ultimately provoked the writing of The Answer; an expanded selection of poems; an updated bibliography; and a new preface, all taking account of new research and perspectives on the life and work of this inspired woman.
Amanda Powell is a senior instructor of Spanish in the UO Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.
Prose Poems of the French Enlightenment: Delimiting Genre (Ashgate Co., June 2009); Fabienne Moore
Through examination of nearly sixty works, Fabienne Moore traces the prehistory of the French prose poem, demonstrating that the disquiet of some 18th-century writers with the Enlightenment gave rise to the genre nearly a century before it is generally supposed to exist. In the throes of momentous scientific, philosophical, and socioeconomic changes, Enlightenment authors turned to the past to retrieve sources such as Homer, the pastoral, Ossian, the Bible, and primitive eloquence, favoring music to construct alternatives to the world of reason. The result, Moore argues, were prose poems, including Fénelon’s Les Adventures de Télémaque, Montesquieu’s Le Temple de Gnide, Rousseau’s Le Lévite d’Ephraïm, Chateaubriand’s Atala, as well as many lesser-known texts, most of which are out of print. Moore’s treatment of Bible criticism and 18th-century religious reform movements underscores the often-neglected spiritual side of Enlightenment culture, and tracks its contribution to the period’s thinking about language and poetic meaning. Moore includes in appendices four unusual texts adjudicating the merits of prose poems, making evidence of their controversial nature now accessible to readers.
Fabienne Moore is an associate professor of French in the UO Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. Chapter 4, titled “Translation to the rescue,” includes a section on Anne Lefevre Dacier, a scholar and translator of Greek and Latin, whose work Moore researched thanks in part to a CSWS fellowship.
Winner of the Hal K. Rothman Award, the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize, the Caroline Bancroft Honor Prize, and the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award. Publisher’s synopsis
Marsha L. Weisiger is an associate professor in the UO Department of History and a CSWS faculty affiliate.