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From Slave Cabins To The White House: Homemaking Anxiety In African American Culture, Koritha Mitchell, Koritha Mitchell 2016 Ohio State University - Main Campus

From Slave Cabins To The White House: Homemaking Anxiety In African American Culture, Koritha Mitchell, Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell

A book-length study of what I call "homemaking anxiety," which I first began defining in the article "Mamie Bradley's Unbearable Burden." It is "the palpable tension that emerges when African Americans, especially women, continue to invest in homemaking even while seeing the signs that it won't yield for them the respectability or safety that it should." This project traces the imprint this tension has left on black cultural production, from slavery to the Age of Michelle Obama. Performance theory influences my examination of a wide array of texts—whether novels, plays, or the performance text that is Mrs ...


Transparent Interiors: Detective And Mystery Fiction In The Age Of Photography, Melissa D. Dunn 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Transparent Interiors: Detective And Mystery Fiction In The Age Of Photography, Melissa D. Dunn

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects (2014-Present)

This dissertation is a meditation on the mutable boundaries that define interior life in the age of photography. I probe these boundaries through selected readings in two literary genres that share conceptual links with photography—detective fiction and mystery fiction. Photography plays an important role in a radical reconsideration of the boundaries between public and private, engaging two dominant and often conflicting cultural values that shape American life at the turn of the twentieth century—the mandate to define and protect privacy and the simultaneous call for greater transparency in public and personal life. Photography, through its perceived transgressions against ...


Empowerment From Within: Supporting Palestinian Women’S Struggle Against Violence, Ortal Bensky 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Empowerment From Within: Supporting Palestinian Women’S Struggle Against Violence, Ortal Bensky

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects (2014-Present)

Recent reports by the United Nations and local non-governmental organizations present a troubling increase in incidents of violence against Palestinian women in Palestine. These are cases of domestic violence, where the attackers are Palestinians, and political violence, where the attackers are Israeli settlers and soldiers. These violent incidents include attacks on body and property. Most incidents are neither dealt with by the Palestinian authorities nor by the Israeli government and judicial system. There is not sufficient international pressure to enforce justice. The purpose of this study is to offer alternative ways to prevent violent crimes, enforce relevant laws, and provide ...


A Passage From Brooklyn To Ithaca: The Sea, The City And The Body In The Poetics Of Walt Whitman And C. P. Cavafy, Michael P. Skafidas 2016 City University of New York (CUNY)

A Passage From Brooklyn To Ithaca: The Sea, The City And The Body In The Poetics Of Walt Whitman And C. P. Cavafy, Michael P. Skafidas

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects (2014-Present)

This treatise is the first extensive comparative study of Walt Whitman and C. P. Cavafy. Despite the abundant scholarship dealing with the work and life of each, until now no critic has put the two poets together. Whitman’s poetry celebrates birth, youth, the self and the world as seen for the first time, while Cavafy’s diverts from the active present to resurrect a world whose key, in Eliot’s terms, is memory. Yet, I see the two poets conversing in the crossroads of the fin de siècle; the American Whitman and the Greek Cavafy embody the antithesis of ...


Research In Brief - 'My Story Ain’T Got Nothin To Do With You' Or Does It?: Black Female Faculty’S Critical Considerations Of Mentoring White Female Students, Kathleen E. Gillon, Lissa D. Stapleton 2016 Iowa State University

Research In Brief - 'My Story Ain’T Got Nothin To Do With You' Or Does It?: Black Female Faculty’S Critical Considerations Of Mentoring White Female Students, Kathleen E. Gillon, Lissa D. Stapleton

Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs

Previous literature on mentoring, specifically that of cross-cultural mentoring, has provided some insight into the intricacy of race in mentoring. However, much of this literature has focused on the mentoring relationship of a White individual mentoring a person of color. This qualitative inquiry critically explores the experiences of six Black female faculty who have mentored White female students in higher education graduate programs, focusing specifically on how they enter into these cross-cultural mentoring relationships. Using Black feminist thought, our findings suggest that while individual Black faculty may have unique experiences entering into mentoring relationships with White female students, a Black ...


Film Review: Maestra, Lobna Ismail 2016 Bridgewater State University

Film Review: Maestra, Lobna Ismail

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Maestra (2011), documentary, directed by Catherine Murphy.


Book Review: Gut Feminism, Carolyn Laubender 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Gut Feminism, Carolyn Laubender

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Gut Feminism by Elizabeth A. Wilson. Duke University Press, 2015.


Book Review: Provocations: A Transnational Reader In The History Of Feminist Thought, Maia L. Butler 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Provocations: A Transnational Reader In The History Of Feminist Thought, Maia L. Butler

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought, edited by Susan Bordo, M. Cristina Alcalde, and Ellen Rosenman. University of California Press. 2015.


Book Review: Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands, Lara Watkins 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands, Lara Watkins

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands by Debra Majeed, University Press of Florida. 2015.


Book Review: India's Working Women And Career Discourses: Society, Socialization And Agency, Jayne Howell 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: India's Working Women And Career Discourses: Society, Socialization And Agency, Jayne Howell

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of India’s Working Women and Career Discourses: Society, Socialization and Agency by Suchitra Shenoy-Packer. Lexington Books. 2014.


Book Review: Domestic Violence And The Islamic Tradition, Esraa Osama 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Domestic Violence And The Islamic Tradition, Esraa Osama

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition by Ayesha S. Chaudhry. Oxford University Press, 2013.


Book Review: Cora Dubois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent, Robert A. McManus 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Cora Dubois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent, Robert A. Mcmanus

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Cora DuBois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent (Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology) by Susan C. Seymour. University of Nebraska Press. 2015.


Book Review: Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, And Rebellion Before The Sixties, Lauren Rackley 2016 Bridgewater State University

Book Review: Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, And Rebellion Before The Sixties, Lauren Rackley

Journal of International Women's Studies

Review of Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties by Amanda H. Littauer. University of North Carolina Press, 2015.


The Term, Chick Lit, Carol Smallwood 2016 Bridgewater State University

The Term, Chick Lit, Carol Smallwood

Journal of International Women's Studies

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Discovering My Own Black Feminism: Embarking On A Journey To Explore Kenyan Women's Oppression, Glory Joy Gatwiri, Helen Jaqueline McLaren 2016 Bridgewater State University

Discovering My Own Black Feminism: Embarking On A Journey To Explore Kenyan Women's Oppression, Glory Joy Gatwiri, Helen Jaqueline Mclaren

Journal of International Women's Studies

All Black women have experienced living in a society that devalues women of African descent. Control of Black women ideologically, economically and in political life functions perfectly to form a highly discriminative but effective system that is designed to keep Black women in a submissive and subordinate place. As a PhD student, in a reflective journey with my research supervisor, I engage in a struggle to define my own Black feminist perspective in preparation for exploring the oppression, disadvantage and discrimination experienced by Kenyan women who are living with vaginal fistula. I maintain that women’s gender oppression is not ...


Multilevel Analysis Of State Variations In Women's Participation In Household Decision-Making In Nigeria, Esther O. Lamidi 2016 Bridgewater State University

Multilevel Analysis Of State Variations In Women's Participation In Household Decision-Making In Nigeria, Esther O. Lamidi

Journal of International Women's Studies

Although the past two decades featured burgeoning research on issues affecting women’s lives in Nigeria, the existing studies of women’s status and decision-making autonomy in the country leave important gap in their representations of the high level of sociocultural heterogeneity in the country. Using a nationally representative survey data, the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS, n = 26,306), this study examines variations in women’s decision-making autonomy across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria. A series of multilevel linear regression models revealed that Nigerian women’s levels of participation in household decision-making ...


The Changing Patterns And Lived Experiences Of Women Pursuing Higher Education Post-Marriage In India, Satarupa Dutta 2016 Bridgewater State University

The Changing Patterns And Lived Experiences Of Women Pursuing Higher Education Post-Marriage In India, Satarupa Dutta

Journal of International Women's Studies

This study explores from a phenomenological stand point, the lived experiences of thirty Indian women and struggle to pursue higher education post marriage. It encompasses the life-worlds of two distinct generations—women who had achieved higher education post-marriage, at least 20 years ago (pre-1994); and married women who are currently enrolled with a university. Using the life course perspectives’ concept of time and social ecology, the experiences of these women have been analysed thematically to understand the changing patterns in these women’s perception of a) self which includes identification with oneself, individual behaviour, motivational level, multiple roles management, concept ...


Taking Action: The Desiring Subjects Of Neoliberal Feminism In India, Hemangini Gupta 2016 Bridgewater State University

Taking Action: The Desiring Subjects Of Neoliberal Feminism In India, Hemangini Gupta

Journal of International Women's Studies

This paper reflects on an emergent brand of feminist activism in India that responds to everyday sexual violence against women in public. I focus specifically on the efforts of middle class women who organize through online media to conduct interventions in urban Indian public spaces. I review these recent feminist interventions and locate them within a historical review of the women’s movement in India to suggest that contemporary feminist organizing embodies and reflects India’s turn to neoliberalism in the 1990s. While neoliberal reforms have been analyzed within the terms of political economy, this paper extends existing research to ...


Resisting The Male Gaze: Feminist Responses To The "Normatization" Of The Female Body In Western Culture, Diane Ponterotto 2016 Bridgewater State University

Resisting The Male Gaze: Feminist Responses To The "Normatization" Of The Female Body In Western Culture, Diane Ponterotto

Journal of International Women's Studies

This paper attempts to present a feminist critique of the social and political promotion in Western culture of a univocal model of female corporeity imposed on women, and consequently detrimental to female subjectivity and agency. Starting from the Foucauldian position concerning social oppression determined by the disciplinary gaze of power structures, the paper discusses perspectives of resistance to the patriarchally-motivated scrutiny of the female body, and to the mass-media induced coercion of conformity to the normatized model for the female body in contemporary society.


Development Paradoxes: Feminist Solidarity, Alternative Imaginaries And New Spaces, Elora Halim Chowdhury 2016 Bridgewater State University

Development Paradoxes: Feminist Solidarity, Alternative Imaginaries And New Spaces, Elora Halim Chowdhury

Journal of International Women's Studies

In his seminal work Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995), post-development scholar Arturo Escobar likens development to a chimera. My work builds on a sophisticated body of post-development and transnational feminist theory drawing on conceptions of the relationship of representations of development in the Third World to the interconnected webs of various transnational patriarchal and economic dominations that affect, and are affected by, the realities of marginalized communities in the Global South. In particular, I am concerned with how development discourses interlock with global systemic hierarchies of race, gender, class as well as structural oppressions ...


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