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Feminist Interpretations of Emma Goldman

Edited by Penny A. Weiss, and Edited by Loretta Kensinger

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$41.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-02976-4

360 pages
6" × 9"
2 b&w illustrations
2007

Re-Reading the Canon

Feminist Interpretations of Emma Goldman

Edited by Penny A. Weiss, and Edited by Loretta Kensinger

“This volume is a treasure and a treat! Everyone who has ever fallen under the spell of Emma Goldman will love this collection. Its rich and diverse selections develop the theme of anarchism, its many ramifications in Emma Goldman’s thought, and the relevance of her ideas today. The essays are very accessible for use in teaching—clearly written, well-argued, informative. A truly outstanding collection, from beginning to end.”

 

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Within the popular consciousness, Emma Goldman has become something of an icon, a symbol for rebellion and women’s rights. But there has been surprisingly little substantive analysis of her influence on social, political, and feminist theory. In Feminist Interpretations of Emma Goldman, Weiss and Kensinger present essays that resist a simplistic understanding of Goldman and instead attempt to examine her thinking in its proper social, historical, and philosophical context. Only by considering the sources, influences, and specific significance of Goldman’s ideas can her proper place in feminist theory be truly understood.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Martha A. Ackelsberg, Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Lynne M. Adrian, Berenice A. Carroll, Voltairine de Cleyre, Janet E. Day, Candace Falk, Kathy E. Ferguson, Marsha Aileen Hewitt, Lori Jo Marso, Jonathan McKenzie, Alix Kates Shulman, Craig Stalbaum, Jason Wehling, and Alice Wexler.

“This volume is a treasure and a treat! Everyone who has ever fallen under the spell of Emma Goldman will love this collection. Its rich and diverse selections develop the theme of anarchism, its many ramifications in Emma Goldman’s thought, and the relevance of her ideas today. The essays are very accessible for use in teaching—clearly written, well-argued, informative. A truly outstanding collection, from beginning to end.”
“The centrality of Goldman’s work, rather than her personal life, is a refreshing shift, making room to explore new territory in the scholarship of this almost mythical figure.”

Penny A. Weiss is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University.

Loretta Kensinger is Coordinator and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at California State University, Fresno

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introductory Essays

Digging for Gold(man): What We Found

Penny A. Weiss and Loretta Kensinger with Berenice A. Carroll

Anarchy in Interpretation: The Life of Emma Goldman

Jason Wehling

Part One: Specific Themes and Central Concerns

1. Let Icons be Bygones! Emma Goldman: The Grand Expositor

Candace Falk

2. A Feminist Search for Love: Emma Goldman on the Politics of Marriage, Love, Sexuality, and the Feminine

Lori Jo Marso

3. Religion, Faith and Politics: Reading Goldman Through Nietzsche

Kathy E. Ferguson

4. The “Individual” in Goldman’s Anarchist Theory

Janet E. Day

5. Emma Goldman and the Theory of Revolution

Berenice A. Carroll

6. Who Were Emma Goldman’s “Children”? Anarchist Feminism and Childhood

Penny A. Weiss

Part Two: Historical Roots and Current Connections

7. Manufacturing Consensus: Goldman, Kropotkin, and the Order of an Anarchist Canon

Jonathan McKenzie and Craig Stalbaum

8. Emma Goldman and the Spirit of Artful Living: Philosophy and Politics in the Classical American Period

Lynne M. Adrian

9. Emma Goldman on Mary Wollstonecraft

Alice Wexler

10. Dancing in the Revolution: Emma Goldman’s Feminism

Alix Kates Shulman

11. Speaking with Red Emma: The Feminist Theory of Emma Goldman

Loretta Kensinger

Part Three: Political Change: Theory and Practice

12. Anarchist Alternatives to Competition

Martha A. Ackelsberg and Kathryn Pyne Addelson

13. In Defense of Emma Goldman

Voltairine de Cleyre

14. Emma Goldman: The Case for Anarcho-Feminism

Marsha Hewitt

15. The Emma Goldman Clinic Mission Statement

Grave Marker

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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