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The library is constantly adding new exciting books to its collection. Subjects range from the political implications of feminism to the pop-cultural fascination with Nancy Drew. With so many new titles to choose from, students and faculty alike are certain to discover a new favorite. Come check them out!

Here are just a few of the new titles:
All the descriptions are courtesy of the publishers.



Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter by Sally Kenney

Intended for use in courses on law and society, as well as courses in women’s and gender studies, women and politics, and women and the law, this book explores different questions in different North American and European geographical jurisdictions and courts, demonstrating the value of a gender analysis of courts, judges, law, institutions, organizations, and, ultimately, politics. Gender and Justice argues empirically for both more women and more feminists on the bench, while demonstrating that achieving these two aims are independent projects.

Call Number: KF 8775 .K46 2012 copy 2

Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition by Sarah Wadsworth and Wayne A. Wiegand

On May 1, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened its gates to an expectant public eager to experience firsthand its architectural beauty, technological marvels, and vast array of cultural treasures gathered from all over the world. Among the most popular of the fair’s attractions was the Woman’s Building, a monumental exhibit hall filled with the products of women’s labor—including more than 8,000 volumes of writing by women. Right Here I See My Own Books examines the progress, content, and significance of this historic first effort to assemble a comprehensive library of women’s texts.

By weaving together the behind-the-scenes story of the library’s formation and the stories between the covers of books on display, Wadsworth and Wiegand firmly situate the Woman’s Building Library within the historical context of the 1890s. Interdisciplinary in approach, their book demonstrates how this landmark collection helped consolidate and institutionalize women’s writing in conjunction with the burgeoning women’s movement and the professionalization of librarianship in late nineteenth-century America.

Americans in this period debated a wide range of topics, including women’s rights, gender identity, racial politics, nationalism, regionalism, imperialism, and modernity. These debates permeated the cultural climate of the Columbian Exposition. Wadsworth and Wiegand’s book illuminates the range and complexity of American women’s responses to these issues within a public sphere to which the Woman’s Building provided unprecedented access.

Modern Loves: The Anthropology of Romantic Courtship and Companionate Marriage by Jennifer S. Hirsch and Holly Wardlow (eds).

How are love, marriage, and desire changing? This collection confronts that question, examining how global cultural flows, changing gender relations, specific economic structures, and state policies are reshaping intimate life around the world. Grounded in cutting edge feminist anthropological theory, these essays discuss how women and men craft courtship, intimacy, and marriage around the world, situating intimate relations in their respective social and economic contexts and exposing the dynamics that are shared cross-culturally, as well as those characteristics that are specific to each site.
In this first comparative ethnographic look at the global transformation toward marital ideals characterized by emotional intimacy, companionship, and mutual choice—discussed here as "companionate marriage"—Modern Loves asks how this shift is occurring and explores the factors that promote and hinder it, just who is pushing for these more companionate relationships, and what advantages men and women see in modern love. The contributors analyze the intricate negotiations surrounding love, marriage, and sex in Mexico, India, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Singapore, and Hong Kong and among Latino youth in East Los Angeles. Modern Loves presents the new global approach to kinship studies, examining both the microlevel practices that constitute and bind relationships and the macrolevel forces that shape the landscape of love.

Call Number: HQ 803 .M63 2006

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Pa'nop'ti'con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'].

Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais' school uniform. Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty - a fact. And the experiment is closing in. In language dazzling, energetic and pure, "The Panopticon" introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.

Call Number: PR 6106 .A33 P36 2013


My Education by Susan Choi

Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill.  He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty—or his charismatic, volatile wife.

My Education is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which only begin in the bedroom, and end—if they do—fifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.

Call Number: PS3553 .H584 M94 2013


Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, with Susan Tucker

Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement provides a window into the passion and significance of thirty-eight committed individuals who led a grassroots movement in a socially conservative state. The book is comprised of oral history narratives in which women activists share their motivation, struggles, accomplishments, and hard-won wisdom. Additionally interviews with eight men, all leaders who worked with or against the women, provide more insight into this rich--and also gendered--history.

The book sheds light on Louisiana and America's social and political history, as well as the national environmental movement in which women often emerged to speak for human rights, decent health care, and environmental protection. By illuminating a crucial period in Louisiana history, the women tell how "environmentalism" emerged within a state already struggling with the dual challenges of adjusting to the civil rights movement and the growing oil boom.

Call Number: GE55 .F73 2013


The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World by Glenn Adamson

This accessibly written, fully illustrated publication includes ten new essays on women artists since the 1920s. The chief aim is to document and celebrate this unprecedented gift in PAFA's history. The book breaks new ground in scholarship on its topics, takes risks with interpretation, and uses the broad themes and wide array of artists represented in the collection as a starting point for reflections on the history of the feminist movement, individual artists, and regional identities. Artists from the collection have a strong voice throughout the publication through interviews, writings, and the incorporation of archival materials. The Linda Lee Alter Collection catalogue will be the lasting document of the collection and will accompany the traveling version of the exhibition, which is projected to travel to four national venues in 2013 and 2014.

Call Number: N 8354 .P46 2012


The Philadelphia Ten: A Women's Artist Group, 1917-1945 by Patricia Tanis Sydney and Page Talbott

The Philadelphia Ten was a group of women painters and sculptors, who showed their work together between 1917 and 1945 in Philadelphia, as well as in other major East Coast and Midwest cities. All members of the group (a total of 30) studied art in the schools of Philadelphia, primarily the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the Pennsylvania Academy. Among the best known of the group are Fern Coppedge, M. Elizabeth Price, and Harriet Frishmuth. The book accompanies a traveling exhibition of the same name.

Call Number: N 6512.5 .T45 1998


Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward by Ruth Savaggio

Hearing Sappho in New Orleans is at once a meditation on this poetic city, its many languages and cultures, and a history of its forgotten poetry. Using Sappho's fragments as a guide, Salvaggio roams the streets and neighborhoods of the city as she explores the migrations of lyric poetry from ancient Greece through the African slave trade to indigenous America and ultimately to New Orleans.

Call Number: PS 255.N4 S35 2012


Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Graphic memoir about Bechdel's troubled relationship with her distant, unhappy mother and her experiences with psychoanalysis, with particular reference to the work of Donald Winnicott.

Call Number: PN 6727 .B3757 Z46 2012


Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture
by Katherine J. Lehman

This book focuses exclusively on struggles to define the "single girl" character in TV and film during a transformative period in American society. The author has scoured a wide range of source materials, unstudied film and television scripts, magazines, novels, and advertisements to demonstrate how controversial female characters pitted fears of societal breakdown against the growing momentum of the women's rights movement. The book focuses on the "single girl", an unmarried career woman in her 20s or 30s, to show how this character type symbolized sweeping changes in women's roles. Analyzing films and programs against broader conceptions of women's sexual and social roles, she uncovers deep-seated fears in a nation accustomed to depictions of single women yearning for matrimony. Yet, as television began to reflect public acceptance of career women, series such as Police Woman and Wonder Woman proved that heroines could wield both strength and femininity, while movies like Looking for Mr. Goodbar cautioned viewers against carrying new found freedom too far. The author takes us behind the scenes in Hollywood to show us the production decisions and censorship negotiations that shaped these characters before they even made it to the screen. She includes often overlooked sources such as the TV series Get Christie Love and Ebony magazine to give us a richer understanding of how women of color negotiated urban singles life. And in television shows like Mad Men, she reveals how trailblazing characters continue to influence portrayals of single women. Call Number: PN 1995.9.S547 L45 2011


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

Call Number: PS 3552 .E538447 I94 2010


The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

An anthology of the bizarre. In The Rememberer, a man undergoes reverse evolution--from man to ape to salamander--at which point a friend releases him into the sea, while in another story a woman gives birth to her mother. Call Number: PS 3552 .E538447 G57 1998


An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender

Mona Gray, the second-grade math teacher who has always specialized in quitting, has such a love for numbers and their effect on her life, and then the new science teacher threatens her "strange and tidy universe ... [with] love, the supreme disorder."--Jacket. Call Number: PS 3552 .E538447 I58 2000

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