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By Joyce R. Ladenson, Mary Anderson, Lisa Fine, Kathleen Geissler, Joyce R. Landenson

This attractive number of papers from the convention on "Revisioning wisdom and the Curriculum" exemplifies the breadth and number of women's stories as a transformative circulation. There are chapters on feminist reframings of data, at the flow of feminist rules into particular disciplines, on efforts to grapple with a number of assets of distinction and inequality, and at the means of instructing and institutional switch. Doing Feminism offers a reflective manner of celebrating over 20 years of feminist educating and learn.

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GWU's increasingly diverse student body and a recognition that curriculum change was needed provided the impetus for the project. A goal was to create curricula which confronted power disparities and depicted racial and gender contexts in order to reflect a realistic, complex picture of minority and women's lives. Such realism would not necessarily render white men as archetypical villains or middle-class WASP women as unrelieved victims. This revised curriculum, instead, would alter our "formal, public, culturally-authorized sense of self," to allow for a reassessment of power relations within a plurastic culture and an advocacy of a democratically representative classroom and faculty.

In so doing, Fitts demonstrates another focus of feminist rereadings of literary textsexamination of the subtexts which lend legitimacy to literary representations of women's subordination. In her study of O'Connor's story "Greenleaf" and its reception, Fitts deconstructs the manner in which the intertextuality of literary, critical, and religious traditions have lent respectability to violence against women and in the specific Page 7 case of O'Connor have served to blunt criticism of the ideology of female subservience embodied in her work.

Both Victoria Carchidi and Maureen N. Eke analyze works of literature which describe the effects of racially-based imperialism of India and South Africa respectively. An understanding of how notions of gender and race inform conceptions of "otherness" which are used to support regimes of great oppression is key in both pieces. In her rereading of E. M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, usually interpreted as a critique of British imperialism, Carchidi uncovers subtle strategies Forster uses to suggest the "natural" inferiority of both white women and Indians.

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