This introductory textbook offers a concise and lucid account of the main developments
in contemporary feminist thinking, and demonstrates the centrality of feminist thought
to all areas of intellectual enquiry.
In a wide–ranging discussion, Evans argues that most accounts of the world since
the Enlightenment have been constructed in terms of a distinction between the public
and the private which excluded women. Using both historical and more recent examples,
she examines the breadth and complexity of feminist thinking, focusing on key themes
such as the body, representation, engendering knowledge, and the relationship between
women and the state.
Evans argues that feminist thought seeks less to add to existing theory than to re–theorize
the social and symbolic worlds; no contemporary account of these worlds, she suggests,
is complete without a discussion of the implications of gender difference.
This book offers a clear and coherent guide to contemporary feminism for students
of women′s studies, gender studies, sociology, social theory and literary theory.