vol 19 - 1993

Our issue opens with a refreshingly unconventional essay by Gianna Pomata that is at once a review of new textbooks in women's history and a groundbreaking reconsideration of feminist historiography. Linking the erasure of women from "history" to the emergence of positivist historiography in the nineteenth century, Pomata demonstrates the existence of earlier traditions of history­writing in which women were surprisingly well represented. Against this background, she critiques contemporary feminist textbooks which, even as they integrate women for the first time into history curricula, reproduce the universalizing discourse of pedagogical conventions that hide gaps in historical knowledge, elide tensions and differences in historical experience, and, ironically, close off the very opportunities for innovative research that feminist studies intended to foster. Pomata's suggestion that feminists reexamine conventional pedagogical practices is relevant not only for historians but for scholars in other fields as well.



Gianna Pomata
History, Particular and Universal: On Reading Some Recent Women's History Textbooks

Robin Pastorio-Newman
Eve; If You Could Just Remember; Dinah (Poetry)

Atina Grossmann
German Women Doctors from Berlin to New York: Maternity and Modernity in Weimar and in Exile

Myra Marx Ferree
The Rise and Fall of "Mommy Politics":
Feminism and Unification in (East) Germany

Helen Glazer
Art Essay

Suzanne M. Marilley
Frances Willard and the Feminism of Fear

Annelise Orleck
"We Are That Mythical Thing Called the Public":
Militant Housewives during the Great Depression

Margaret Hanzimanolis
Days Like Rags (Poetry)

Cynthia D. Schrager
Questioning the Promise of Self-Help: A Reading of Women Who Love Too Much

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
New Perspectives on Latina Women
(Review Essay)

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