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Dr. Claire Katz's WGST401W/PHIL489W
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This guide will introduce you to some of the best library and web resources on the topics of Philosophy and Gender Studies. If you have suggestions for how to improve this guide please contact us or leave your comments below. Enjoy!


Highlighted Publications

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Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine - Claire Elise Katz
Call Number: B2430.L484 K38 2003
ISBN: 0253110777
Publication Date: 2003-11-14
Challenging previous interpretations of Levinas that gloss over his use of the feminine or show how he overlooks questions raised by feminists, Claire Elise Katz explores the powerful and productive links between the feminine and religion in Levinas's work. Rather than viewing the feminine as a metaphor with no significance for women or as a means to reinforce traditional stereotypes, Katz goes beyond questions of sexual difference to reach a more profound understanding of the role of the feminine in Levinas's conception of ethical responsibility. She combines feminist interpretations of Levinas with interpretations that focus on his Jewish writings to reveal that the feminine provides an important bridge between his philosophy and his Judaism. Katz's reading of Levinas's conception of the feminine against the backdrop of discussions of women of the Hebrew bible points to important shifts in contemporary philosophy toward the creation of life and care for the other.

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Reforming Fictions: Native, African, and Jewish American women's literature and journalism in the progressive era - Carol J. Batker
Call Number: PS366.S62 B38 2000eb
ISBN: 0231118503
Publication Date: 2000-11-29
Recovering a lost chapter of literary and political history, this fresh, multicultural reading of the work of women writers of the Progressive era situates their fiction in the context of their reform journalism and political activism. As Native, African, and Jewish American women gained access to education, developed women's clubs, and joined political organizations, they wrote to reform the nation, engaging themselves politically and creating a cross-cultural dialogue between journalism and fiction. Early in this century, writers such as Zitkala-Sa, Mourning Dove, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Anzia Yezierska developed their writing careers through affiliations with reform organizations. They worked for Pan-Indianism, racial uplift, immigrant aid, or social welfare. Carol Batker explores the impact of their journalism and political work on their fiction. She demonstrates points of contact among these women that suggest mutual influence and conversations across racial and ethnic lines -- revealing important historical antecedents to contemporary debates about multiculturalism in America.


Research Tip: Doing a Literature Search

A major part of a research project is conducting a review of the literature. This provides the background and context for the research that will be conducted and is a "comprehensive examination of all of the research and all of the literature done on a particular topic" as defined by Candace Schaefer in the Writing Center. The writing center has a very informative and engaging tutorial on what a Literature Review is and how to do it with their Get Lit video.

There are additional guides available from the libraries to assist with the literature review and, once the topic is known, the literature search.

The process for Finding Books differs from that for Finding Articles but a lot of the same strategies apply. Additional guides for specific subjects or topics will list databases, journals, datasets, books, etc. which are relevant: check Subject Guides and Class Guides for your topic.

While the above guide provides some assistance, Stephen and Rebecca are happy to sit down and help with specific topics.

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