Critical Terms for the Study of Gender
Critical Terms for the Study of Gender aims to give students an introduction to the study of gender through essays on key terms ranging from "Bodies" to "Utopia." Designed for an audience of upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students, the volume presents twenty-one essays (all but four published here for the first time) on terms that are fundamental to this vital area of study but often unexamined by many students. Contributors explain what conceptual freight each term carries and what kinds of critical work it can be made to do. Avoiding "-isms" and specialized jargon, the collection focuses instead on terms that are part of everyday discourse in the universitybut no less loaded for that.
Catharine R. Stimpson, a pioneer of women's studies and of the analysis of gender in literary texts, and Gilbert Herdt, an anthropologist known for his work on how cultures create sexual meanings and practices, have assembled a collection that spans the study of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.