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Diversifying the Discourse
The Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, 1990–2004

Editor(s): Mihoko Suzuki, Roseanna Dufault

Pages: xxvii & 342 pp.
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9780873529471 (paper)
ISBN: 9780873529464 (hardcover)

"This volume is an admirably representative collection of what feminist literary criticism has become by the beginning of the twenty-first century."
Robyn R. Warhol, University of Vermont


The Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, created in 1974, has played a major role in establishing the legitimacy and visibility of feminist inquiry. The early award-winning essays are available in the MLA volume Courage and Tools. This volume presents the seventeen essays that won the award for the years 1990-2004, an era that witnessed a diversification of the objects of feminist study and critical approaches. Essays treat authors ranging from well-known writers such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Gwendolyn Brooks, Doris Lessing, and Virginia Woolf to less familiar writers such as the Magreb author Assia Djebar, the Spanish poet Concha Méndez, the Native American writer Zitkala-Sa, and the Palestinian novelists Liana Badr and Sahar Khalifeh. Essayists explore their topics through a multiplicity of perspectives, including race and ethnicity studies, cultural studies, psychoanalysis and film theory, nationhood and nationalism, and discourses of aging. Each award winner has written a short afterword, reflecting on her essay and her critical practice.

The volume includes a foreword by Florence Howe, cofounder of the Feminist Press, and an afterword by Annette Kolodny, an early recipient of the Florence Howe award.

Award-winning essayists, 1990-2004

Amal Amireh
Linda S. Bergman
Mary Paniccia Carden
Jean Ferguson Carr
Abby Lynn Coykendall
Carolyn Dever
Melissa Dinverno
Susan Fraiman
Molly Hite
Stacy Carson Hubbard
Kristine Ibsen
Alison Rice
Roberta Rubenstein
Lisa Vollendorf
Rachel Warburton
Sandra Zagarell
Joyce Zonana



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