Feminism: Past, Present and Future Perspectives


Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: SOC028000

Presently, our concern for the social, political and economic situation of women remains as valid as it was in the last century. Despite the progress made worldwide, we continue to witness a reality in which gender issues generate injustice, lack of freedom and violation of human rights. Researchers constantly strive to analyze women phenomena and denounce its consequences in the attempt to achieve an egalitarian world in which differences are understood and respected. This book is one of the fruits of such efforts. Scholars interested in women’s issues have joined in this volume in order to register, through their work, a commitment to progress towards a better society. With this work, the authors attempt to promote the voice of women who, even in the twenty-first century, feel deprived of their well-deserved security. At the same time, they attempt not only to keep alive the awareness about women’s situation, but also create an academic meeting point that shows the most current areas of research around women’s issue. Through this collaboration, the authors hope to achieve a review of contemporary approaches to women’s studies. It is for all the above that they have entitled this book Feminism: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, because the authors are going to address how humanity is coping with the proposals of the last century. The authors want to show the most current points of view on women’s issues through researches that are taking place in different geographic places, thanks to a procedure based on the case studies and methods. Finally, they will attempt to clarify what the future holds for women and state their demands firsthand. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introductory Review. Feminism Over Time. Past, Present and Future Perspectives. Josefa Ros Velasco (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)

Section I. From Feminist Precedents in 20th Century Literature and Philosophy to Present Theories and Future Perspectives on Feminism.

Chapter 1. ”Ese Inmenso Cementerio”: The Aestheticization and Politicization of Melancholy in the Memories of María Teresa León
Nagore Sedano (Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon)

Chapter 2. ”The Sap Began to Flow”: Nature and the Quest for the Female Self in Margaret Drabble’s “The Merry Widow”
Isabel María Andrés Cuevas, PhD (Department of English and German Philologies, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Chapter 3. ”The World Has Shown up”: Race, Gender, and Class in the New Ireland of Emer Martin
Wanda Balzano, PhD (Chair and Associate Professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, US)

Chapter 4. Simone De Beauvoir among Spanish University Researchers
María Isabel Corbí Sáez, PhD (Department of Filologías Integradas, Alicante University, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain)

Chapter 5. Hans Blumenberg: A Hidden Interest in the Role of Women
Josefa Ros Velasco, PhD (Department of History of Philosophy, Aesthetics and Theory of Knowledge, University Complutese of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 6. Dismantling Patriarchy in the Contemporary Gender Struggle: From the Roots of Right-Wing “Populism” to Interactive Universalism”
Andrea Mosquera Varas and Alberto Coronel Tarancón (Department of History of Philosophy, Aesthetics and Theory of Knowledge, University Complutese of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 7. Future Perspectives of Feminism: The Way Towards Queer Feminism
Begoña Sánchez Torrejón, PhD (Didactics Department, University of Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain)

Section II. Women’s Rights and Goverment’s Policies Beyond Local Borders: Case Studies.

Chapter 8. The Politics of Freedom: When State Interest Takes Precedence over Women’s Human Rights
Malia Lee Womack (Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US)

Chapter 9. Women against Women in the Debates about Female Suffrage: Case Studies within Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland
Noemi Crain Merz, PhD (Department of Gender Studies, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland)

Chapter 10. Patriarchy Strikes Back: A Case Study on Men’s Rights Movements in Italy
Giovanna Vingelli, PhD (Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitàdella Calabria, Rende, Italy)

Chapter 11. From Post-Colonialism to Transnationalism: Challenges for Post-Socialist Feminist Theory
Renata Jambrešić Kirin, PhD (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia)

Chapter 12. Autonomy of Woman in the Light of Legislation on Pregnancy Termination in Turkey
Asli Arda and Berna Arda, PhD (MPH Law, LLM, University of Exeter, UK / Attorney, Bar of Ankara, Turkey, and others)

Chapter 13. Moving Forward: Examining Critical Components and Obstacles of Inequality Facing Women Entrepreneurs in Technology
Nancy Provolt (Department of American Studies, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina, US)

Chapter 14. Female Academics’ Discourses through Qualitative Studies in Higher Education
Marcos Jesús Iglesias Martínez, PhD. Inés Lozano Cabeza, PhD (University Research Institute for Gender Studies, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)

Section III. Life as a feminist yesterday and today: Real Personal Experiences.

Chapter 15. Crossing In-Between Diaspora: Writing and Studio Arts as Feminist Practice
Leslie Christina Sotomayor (Department of Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA)

Chapter 16. Mutatis Mutandis: Feminism, Slogans, and the Future of Female Homo Sapiens
Judith de Luce, PhD (Department of Classics, Miami University, Oxford, US)

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