The essays in the book challenge the continuing separation of sociological from textual analysis in cultural (and feminist) theory and enquiry. They address critically the question of women's writing, exploring the idea that women may begin to define their own lives and construct their identities in a patriarchal culture through the very process of writing. They also present a cogent defence of a feminist cultural politics, including a politics of the body.
1. Prospects and problems for a postmodern feminism: an introduction.
2. The culture of separate spheres: the role of culture in nineteenth-century public and private life.
3. The invisible flaneuse: women and the literature of modernity.
4. Feminism and modernism.
5. Women's knowledge and women's art.
6. Postmodern theory and feminist art practice.
7. Texts and institutions: problems of feminist criticism.
8. Reinstating corporeality: feminism and body politics.