Reading list on gender [4]

New York University is inaugurating a new undergraduate core curriculum beginning this fall, and those of us committed to women and gender have been hard at work trying to assure that required courses in some way integrate gender and women. We've had some support from those in authority, and in fact have been asked to come up with a reading list on gender that covers the five or six periods featured in the "Conversations of the West" sequence. Since I am an Americanist, I'm a bit out of my league in this area and wondered if those of you who are specialists on the periods I will outline below can help me out with suggestions for books that absolutely should be on this list.

The periods are:

Middle Ages
19th/20th Century (This last one can include some American material)

The books I am looking for would discuss women or gender in these periods. I would be most grateful for your suggestions.

Debra Michals
Associate Dir. of Women's Studies
New York University

From: IN%"" 29-JUN-1995 19:57:17.97

For antiquity I suggest:
Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant's Women's Life in Greece and Rome (second edition). Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.

Also Roger Just's Women in Athenian Law and Life New York: Routledge, 1991.

And I also recommend Elaine Fantham, Helene Peet Foley ( Women in the Classical World : Image and Text Oxford University Press, 1994 (this one is hardback and expensive in comparison with the others).

Pam Casto U of TX

From: IN%"" "Lisa Auanger" 29-JUN-1995 20:16:56.22

Hi. Let me offer some suggestions about Mediterranean antiquity, the area in which I am writing my dissertation "The Representation of Women in the Official Arts of Ancient Rome: An HistoricalChronological Examination." These items are some of my favorites and would make great textbooks for a general course on women in antiquity. There are many more.
Eva Cantarella. Pandora's Daughters: The Role and Status of Women in

Greek and Roman Antiquity. Tr. M. Fant. Johns Hopkins, 1987. Jane F. Gardner. Women in Roman Law & Society. Indiana U. Press, 1986. Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant. Women's Life in Greece and Rome:

A source book in translation. 2nd. ed. Johns Hopkins, 1992. John Peradotto and J. P. Sullivan, eds. Women in the Ancient World,

The Arethusa Papers. SUNY, Albany, 1984. Sarah B. Pomeroy. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in

Classical Antiquity. NY: Dorset Press, 1975. (still a Classic) ----ed., Women's History & Ancient History. UNC, 1991.

There also is one by E. Fantham et al. eds. called something like Women in the Classical World. My copy is in the library now, and I'm remembering shamefully little bibliographic data. It's quite recent, and may have been published by Princeton (?). If you don't find it, do ask me.
Also, if you have access to it, I'd strongly recommend having a look at the catalog of National Museum of Women in the Arts. NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1987. Sincerely,
Lisa Auanger ABD; Art History and Archaeology; U Missouri at Columbia

From: IN%"s#sclark@eduserv.its.unimelb.EDU.AU" "Susan Rose Clark" 30-JUN-1995 06:03:05.42

A few titles I would recommend from 18th and 19th century Britain looking at women and their place in British society are:

John Stuart Mill "The Subjection of Women" and Harriet Taylor Mill's "The Enfranchisement Of Women", both found in a volume edited and introduced by Alice S. Rossi, "Essays on Sex Equality"

Mary Wollstonecraft "Vindication of the Rights of Woman"

John Ruskin's essay "Of Queen's Gardens" in his book "Sesame and Lilies"

Engel's "The Origin of the Family"

William Thompson's "Appeal of One-half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain them in Political, in Civil and Domestic Slavery"

There is also an excellent collection of essays and excerpts from various British, American and French writers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries contained in the book, "The Feminist Papers: from Adams to de Beauvoir" edited by Alice S. Rossi (in paperback from Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1988).

Hope this is of some help!

Susan Clark

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