Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Featured: Books by Five College Women and Gender Studies Faculty and Former Research Associates

Dr. Dorothy Chansky, a former FCWSRC Research Associate, is working on her current book-in-progress, Kitchen Sink Realisms: Domestic Labor in American Theatre and Drama. The work looks at two African American plays, Georgia Douglas Johnson’s lynching play Blue Blood (1926) and Langston Hughes’s satire Limitations of Life (1938), that present domestic labor in ways quite different from how contemporaneous plays aimed at white audiences (mainstream and noncommercial) and presented homemaking, the latter figuring domestic labor as either haven or trap. When black women were granted stage time in their own homes (i.e., not as maids) in the 1920s and 1930s, their host plays instead highlighted a wholly different set of problems within their everyday lives. 

A film by former Research Associate Lilach Naishtat-Bornstein (2010-2011)  and Hans-Peter Lubke, The Weeping Willow: Between Home and Homeland (2012, 45 min.) has been released in a DVD edition with English subtitles. The film tells the story of Karla, whose entire family perished in the Holocaust. After living forty years in Israel, Karla receives a letter from a history teacher in her German hometown, asking her to tell of her experience in the town during the Nazi regime. The film accompanies 83-year old Karla in her annual journey from Israel to Germany, revealing her maneuvering between homes, identities, communities and languages, in search of an established torn-whole identity.  For more information, contact Lilach Naishtat-Bornstein at or see raveh.html

Former Research Associate Sarah S. Kilborne's new book American
Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner was released by Simon
& Schuster on October 16, 2012. For more information about Kilbourne's book click here and here

A new title by former FCWSRC Ford Associate Nafisa HoodbhoyAboard
the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan's Last Decade of
Democracy was released in April 2011 by Anthem Politics and
International Relations. Currently a journalist working in the United
States, from 1984-2000 Hoodbhoy was staff reporter for the English
daily Dawn newspaper in Karachi.

Spring 2012 Highlights

On Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm in Chapin Auditorium of Mary Woolley Hall on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, the FCWSRC was pleased to present “An Evening with Rachel Maddow” where she read from her new book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. Co-sponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop and the Mount Holyoke College Department of Gender Studies. Click on the photo below to watch Maddow's talk. 

Photo By Seth Kaye

Featured: Project Eugénie, Spring 2012

Mount Holyoke College students perform excerpts from the Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti on April 5, 2012 at the FCWSRC. DeSanti, a former FCWSRC Research Associate and VP and Editor at Large with the Penguin Group, read from her book that evening to a standing-room only audience at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Her reading was followed by a celebration and performance at the FCWSRC.

On Friday, March 9, 2012, the FCWSRC was pleased to present an event entitled "Celebrating International Women's Day: Writing, The Public Sphere and Gender." Held on the Mount Holyoke College campus, it featured a conversation between Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella and Amherst College President Biddy Martin about writing and the public sphere. A presentation of recent publications by Five College faculty in Gender Studies and FCWSRC Alumnae Associates followed. Some of the titles included that afternoon are featured below.

Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community, and Democracy (2010)

By Martha A. Ackelsberg

The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment (2008)

By Carrie Baker

Women's Movement
Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption

Somebody’s Children (2012)

By Laura Briggs

Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age: Global Industries and New Audiences (2011)

By Mari Castaneda

Sottoboschi letterari. Sei case studies fra Otto e Novecento: Mara Antelling, Emma Boghen Conigliani, Evelyn, Anna Franchi, Jolanda, Flavia Steno (2011)

By Ombretta Cristina Gragnani Frau

Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War (2011)

By Dayo Gore

Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (2010)

By Jennifer Guglielmo

The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work (2010)

By Miliann Kang

Beyond Expectation: Lesbian/Bi/Queer Women and Assisted Conception (2010)

By Jacqueline Luce

Changing Difference: The Feminine and the Question of Philosophy (2011)

By Catherine Malabou

Translated by  Carolyn Shread

An Introduction to Christine de Pizan (2011)

By Nadia Margolis

Undoing FGM, Pierre Foldes: The Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris (2011)

By Hubert Prolongeau

Translated by Tobe Levin

Baudrillard Reframed (2011)

By Kim Toffoleti

The Women, Gender and Development Reader (2011)


Nalini Visvanathan (Editor), Lynn Duggan (Editor), Laurie Nisonoff (Editor), Nan Wiegersma (Editor)

Gender and Nation Building in the Middle East: The Political Economy of Health from Mandate Palestine to Refugee Camps in Jordan (2012)

By Elise Young