Feminist Theory: A Reader represents the history, intellectual breadth, and diversity of feminist theory. The selections are organized into five historical periods from the 18th century to the early 2000s and include key feminist manifestos to help readers see the link between feminist theory and application. The collection presents feminist thought, from its inception, as the province of women of different races, classes, nationalities, and sexualities in order to demonstrate the continuity in feminist theory discussions. A lexicon of the debatesclear, concise explanations of twelve key concepts that characterize the development of feminist thought since its inceptionprovides a vocabulary of important feminist theory terms and puts that vocabulary in context.
Readings outline the evolution of feminist thought from the 18th century to the 1990s, introducing students to the history, intellectual scope, and cultural diversity of feminist theory. They offer diverse perspectives, presenting feminist theory developed within Anglo-American colleges as well as texts from non-Anglo Americans and examples of feminist theorizing outside academia. Key feminist manifestos demonstrate the crucial link between feminist theory and application. A lexicon gives concise definitions of 12 key concepts. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)