Graduate Women’s Studies: Visions and Realities


Edited by Ann B. Shteir

120 Pages
March 11, 1996

Graduate Women’s Studies: Visions and Realities is a collection of papers, edited by Ann B. Shteir, which arose from a conference held at York University in May 1995. Articles highlight issues in curriculum and program development, questions about disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and the relationship between activism and the academy. Contributors to the volume are: Ann B. Shteir, Kay Armatage, Ruth Perry, Pat Baker, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman and Ann Manicom, Florence Babb, Thelma McCormack, Deborah Gorman, Rae Anderson, Jodi Jensen and Michelle Dodds, Deborah Clipperton, Jennifer Lund and Katherine Side, Jacky Coates and Mary Evans. The essays in this volume are an important contribution to ongoing critical exchange about the field of graduate Women’s Studies.




Ann Shteir is Professor of humanities and women’s studies. Her areas of interest and publication are women and nature, 18th and 19th century women’s writing, and historical and cultural aspects of gender and science. Her book Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England (Johns Hopkins UP, 1996) was awarded the 1996 Joan Kelly Prize in Women’s History by the American Historical Association.

Acknowledgements i

I. Shaping Programmes

Making the Vision a Reality: York University’s Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies
Ann B. Shteir 

Collaborating on Women’s Studies: The University of Toronto Model
Kay Armatage 

Inventing a Feminist Institution: An Informal History of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at Radcliffe
Ruth Perry

Creating Feminist Spaces in the University
Pat Baker, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Ann Manicom 

Graduate Women’s Studies in the Heartland: Breaking Ground for a PhD Programme in Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa
Florence E. Babb 

II. Struggling with Questions

The Crisis in Legitimacy
Thelma McCormack

In Defense of Discipline-Based Feminist Scholarship
Deborah Gorham 

Reflections on Crossing Disciplines
Rae Anderson 

Writing for the Academy: Anxieties and Struggles
Deborah Clipperton 

III. Praxis

Team-Teaching Women’s Studies: A Graduate Student Perspective
Jennifer Lund and Katherine Side 

“Isn’t Just Being Here Political Enough?” Feminist Action-Oriented Research: A Challenge to Graduate Women’s Studies
Jacky Coates, Michelle Dodds, Jodi Jensen 

Whose Direction? Whose Mainstream? Controlling the Narrative and Identity of Women’s Studies
Mary Evans


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