In this survey of feminist theory, Rosemarie Tong provides coverage of the psychoanalytic, existential and postmodern schools of feminism. The author guides the reader through the complexities of even the most notoriously difficult thinkers. Students will meet and become familiar with many of the essential figures in the feminist tradition, from Wollstonecraft and Engel, on through de Beauvoir, Dinnerstein, and Daly, and up to Mitchell and Cixous. The text treats all views with respect and encourages students to think critically and sympathetically about a wide range of views that have a direct relevance to their own lives.
'I have no reservations in recommending this book. It is beautifully written [and] moves beyond old categories to situate strands of feminist thought in contemporary debates and issues. It has a very interesting reformulation of socialist-feminism and discussion of the debates around modernism and post-modernism. It will be widely used in feminist theory and women's studies courses, as well as a range of broader courses.' - Rosemary Pringle, Macquarie University