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Marriages, affairs, suicides, murder, madness, and true love – Rajmahal is the story of families brought together in a Calcutta mansion over a century of change. Generations of tenants struggle to come to grips with the social, economic, and intellectual forces working in India as it moves from the British Raj to independence. The personal battles of ex-pats, colonizers, Hindus and Muslims are a mirror of the struggle for possession of the country’s future. “Rajmahal is Sengupta’s Howard’s End.” – Nadine Gordimer
Your front door lock is broken and your landlord doesn’t give a damn. And someone gets in and rapes you. Jana Leo’s exploration of the public and private spaces in Rape New York merges the vulnerability of the city with that of the body itself. A text that touches on urban planning, gentrification, slumlords, as well as rape and its physical, emotional, and legal repercussions.
The Silent Duchess is set in early eighteenth century Sicily and is the story of Marianna Ucria, daughter of an aristocratic family and victim of a mysterious childhood trauma that has left her deaf and mute. Forced to marry her uncle, this novel explores life for women in a culture where arranged marriages and endless childbearing are the norm. After the death of her uncle-husband, Mirianna embarks on a journey of self-exploration, and after uncovering the cause of her disabilities, discovers a sense of autonomy and is able take control of her life.
A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence
Remember the slut at your school? Whether used as a slur or reclaimed as an expression of sexy confidence, this word has been used as an acceptable excuse for rape, bullying, and the sexual double standard. In the spirit of The Vagina Monologues, this riveting, critically acclaimed play, written in collaboration with New York City high school students, sheds light on enduring feminist issues. The play is accompanied by production notes, a guide for talk-backs, and provocative essays, providing the resources to inspire change within our communities and ourselves.
Originally published in 1923, this epic tale of motherhood, money, and sacrifice inspired the first radio soap opera, a play, and three films, including the Oscar-nominated 1937 movie starring Barbara Stanwyck. Stella Dallas brings into sharp focus our societal obsession with the judgment of mothers, offering cultural commentary that is still shockingly relevant nearly one hundred years after its initial publication.
An outstanding example of dystopian fiction sometimes compared to 1984, Katherine Burdekin’s Swastika Night examines the world of male violence by weaving a tale of feudal Europe seven centuries into a post-Hitlerian society, “when men rule the world.” Burdekin published the novel under the pseudonym Murray Constantine. In it, she explores the connection between gender and political power and anticipates modern feminist fiction by drawing attention to the implications of conventional notions of masculinity and femininity.
Iranian dissident and exile Shahrnush Parsipur uses magical realism and Persian myths to distill the first eight decades of the 20th century in Iran, including British and Russian imperialism, the reigns of two shahs – which a U.S.-backed coup ended – and the advent of the Islamic Revolution. Touba, the main character, marries at 14 to provide for her family, delves into sufism, marries and divorces a prince, participates in an honor killing and is haunted by the social and political traumas of the modern era.
How Feminism and Diversity are Making a Difference
Gender roles are changing dramatically in modern Japan. LGBT people are coming out of the closet; single mothers are an expanding population; ethnic minorities are mobilizing for change; women are becoming political leaders and even professional wrestlers. And some Japanese men are taking on the role of househusband. This is a comprehensive collection of essays from Japanese scholars and activists exploring gender, sexuality, race, discrimination, power, and human rights.
My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist
Helène Aylon was a good Jewish girl raised in orthodox Brooklyn, married to a rabbi, and another of two when her world split apart. A widow at thirty, she broke free of tradition to become an eco-feminist artist whose work deals in transgressive images about war and peace, women’s bodies, women and god, and the deeply religious world that continues to influence her work to this day. The memoir is a charming dash through the years of a structured orthodox life and the artistic life that feed her to question the misogyny of her beloved religion. It is also a tell-all about the art world, with fascinating details about luminaries such as Ana Mendieta, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Betty Parsons. Examples of Aylon’s work included are her early doors for the Jewish chapel at JFK airport, her peace pillowcases (including one worn by Grace Paley), and her current search for the links between feminism and Judaism
A History of Women Healers
Witches, Midwives & Nurses describes the corruption of the medical establishment and its role in demonizing women healers. With insight and originality, Ehrenreich and English relate witch hunts in the Middle Ages to the decline of midwives, and document the emergence of the Popular Health Movement and the current state of medicine in relation to women's rights.