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Social Science Feminism & Feminist Theory

Not Drowning But Waving

Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts

edited by Susan Brown, Jeanne Perreault, Jo-Ann Wallace & Heather Zwicker

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2011
Feminism & Feminist Theory, Women's Studies, Gender Studies
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"Not Drowning but Waving...gestures both at the difficulties faced by feminists in the humanities in Canada and at the possibilities of hope, of new 'waves' of feminism."

Twenty-two essays explore topics such as feminism in the liberal arts disciplines; the relationship of the liberal arts to the larger university; the costs and rewards for women in administration; the corporatization of university campuses; intergenerational and transcultural tensions within feminist communities; balancing personal life with professional aspirations; the relationship of feminism to cultural studies; women, social justice, and the liberal arts. Not Drowning But Waving is a welcome progress report on the variety of feminisms at work in academe and beyond. It provides crucial insights for university administrators, faculty, and literate non-specialists interested in the Arts and Humanities.

About the authors

Susan Brown is a visiting Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She leads the Orlando Project and the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.

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Jeanne Perreault is professor of English at the University of Calgary. She is coeditor (with Sylvia Vance) of Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada (1990), and coeditor (with Joseph Bruchac) of Critical Visions: Contemporary North American Native Writing, a special issue of Ariel (1994). She is the author of Writing Selves: Contemporary Feminist Autography (1995). Other publications include “Memory Alive: An Inquiry into the Uses of Memory in Marilyn Dumont, Jeannette Armstrong, Louise Halfe, and Joy Harjo” (Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives, ed. Renée Hulan, ECW Press, 1999), and “Writing Whiteness: Linda Griffith’s Raced Subjectivity in The Book of Jessica(Essays on Canadian Writing, 1996). Currently, she is examining the racializing of whiteness in white women’s texts.

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Jo-Ann Wallace is Chair of the Women's Studies Program and Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She co-authored Women Artists and Writers: Modernist (Im)Positionings with Bridget Elliot.

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Heather Zwicker is associate professor of English at the University of Alberta. She locates her work at the crossroads of postcolonialism and cultural studies, with a particular focus on queer theory and feminisms. Her teaching interests include postcolonial theory and fiction, queer theory, feminist studies, and contemporary African, Canadian, and Northern Irish literature. Some of her recent publications include “Between Mater and Matter: Radical Novels by Republican Women” (Reclaiming Gender: Transgressive Identities in Modern Ireland. ed. Marilyn Cohen and Nancy Curtin, St. Martin’s Press, 1999), “Homosexuality in Zimbabwe” (Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures. ed. George Haggerty, Garland Publishing, forthcoming), and “Gendered Troubles: Refiguring ‘Woman’ in Northern Ireland” (Genders, 1994).

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Editorial Reviews

"However difficult the swim sometimes seems, feminists in the liberal arts aren't drowning, as long as Canadian institutions continue to employ a range of thoughtful voices such as these, who remind us of the temperature of the water and the hazards therein."

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