vol 17 - 1991

Several essays in this issue of Feminist Studies explore the effects on women of social transitions in the Western hemisphere from the colonization of the Tsimshian people of Northwest Canada in the last century to changes in political regimes and legal codes in contemporary Nicaragua and Brazil. Court records and written constitutions provide evidence about women who broke laws and women who attempted to reform them. Other essays in this issue recur, although in disparate ways, to societies' attempts to deal with women who are perceived as unlawful, uncontrolled, or even monstrous; through the imaginary "bride of Frankenstein" or the female cyborg we can locate historically and culturally specific struggles over permissible definitions of gender and sexuality.



Elizabeth Young
Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gender
and Race in
Bride of Frankenstein

Judith Halberstam
Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism
in the Age of the Intelligent Machine

Cynthia M. Zelman
Our Menstruation

Natasha Saje

Eileen Gillooly
Women and Humor (Review Essay)

Christina Brooks Whitman
Feminist Jurisprudence (Review Essay)

Jo-Anne Fiske
Colonization and the Decline of Women's Status:
The Tsimshian Case

Lois Wessel
Reproductive Rights in Nicaragua: From the Sandinistas
to the Government of Violeta Chamorro

Florisa Verucci
Women and the New Brazilian Constitution
Translated and Introduced by Daphne Patai

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