Joining the Women Unbound Challenge

Since I am interested in a gender perspective in both anthropology and historical research, I decided to join the Women Unbound Challenge. I think this might stimulate me to get a little bit more well read in this area of interest. I decided to specify the challenge further: I’ll mostly read books concerned with gender, ethnicity and religion. I am joining on the Suffragette level, which means I have to read 8 books before November, 2010. They’ll be mostly non-fiction books.

My Reading List for now contains:

  • Rachel Alsop, Annette Fitzsimons and Kathleen Lennon – Theorizing Gender
  • Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel ed. – Western Women and Imperialism. Complicity and Resistance
  • Waris Dirie – Desert Flower
  • Catherine Hall – Civilizing Subjects. Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867
  • Philippa Levine – Gender and Empire
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty – Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses (article)
  • Dana L. Robert ed. – Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers. Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century
  • Joan Wallach Scott – Gender and the politics of history (contains the classic “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis”, which every gender historian has to read, I’ve been told).
  • Rhonda Anne Semple – Missionary Women. Gender, Professionalism and the Victorian Idea of Christian Mission
  • Ann Laura Stoler – Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
  • Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

11 responses to “Joining the Women Unbound Challenge

  1. Thank you for joining the challenge. Looks like a great way to focus your project. I get excited about all the interesting books to read.

    • I can’t stop browsing through some of the lists people have made for this challenge and I have to resist putting all those books on mine. I’m thinking (even before I started this challenge) that this should definitely be a yearly thing.

  2. Thanks so much for joining the challenge! :D Just in time for Women’s History Month too. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but one of the focuses of my list is women’s experiences in different cultures. So I relate to the ethnicity goal.

    • Thank you :-) I can’t believe you’re commenting on my blog, I’m such an admirer of yours. Anyway..

      I looked at your list and I felt I wanted to add all of your books on mine!
      I think I may have been a bit too hard on myself in compiling my list, since I mostly added scholarly and theoretical works. It’s because I took a class that briefly discussed theories relating to ethnicity and gender which I was highly interested in, so I basically took a lot of books from their reading suggestions. I don’t know how much theory I can keep up with though, combining it with other work for university. We’ll see.

      • You’re too sweet! :) If you need a break from the theory, you can always toss in lighter books as well. Most of the ones on my list are on the lighter side, hehe.

  3. You have some very interesting titles on your list, especially the ones about women and imperialism/colonialism. I’m looking forward to your reviews (plus I’ll be adding some of them to my wish list!)

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  5. I have seen this challenge all over the place and keep meaning to join! Obviously a fair bit of what I read and review directly fits, I just keep not getting around to it. As soon as I get back from vacation I will have to :)

    LOVE your list of books by the way, so many will be added to my wishlist!

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