Engaging Feminist Histories

  • Elizabeth Groeneveld McGill University
Keywords: Historiography, Second-Wave Feminism, Pedagogy


This review essay considers three recently published texts that centrally engage with the question of how one writes about feminisms and feminist histories in ways that do justice to their complexity and dynamism.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Groeneveld, McGill University

Elizabeth Groeneveld is Faculty Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at McGill University. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Guelph. Her research uses feminist historiography to interrogate the stories that feminism tells about itself through a range of print and online media. Her research work on feminist media cultures appears in the Journal of Gender Studies and Canadian Review of American Studies, as well as the edited collections Not Drowning, But Waving and Modern Print Activism in the United States. Her book, which examines a cluster of publications emerging in the mid-1990s out of feminist zine culture, Making Public Cultures: Feminist Periodicals on the Cusp of the Digital Age, is under contract with Laurier University Press.


Ahmed, Sara. 2004. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. New York: Routledge.

Baumgardner, Jennifer, and Amy Richards. 2000. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.

Gillis, Stacy, Gillian Howie, and Rebecca Munford, eds. 2004. Third-Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Groeneveld, Elizabeth. 2011. “‘Not a Postfeminist Feminist’: Feminism’s Third Wave.” In ‘Not Drowning But Waving’: Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts, edited by Susan Brown, Jeanne Perrault, JoAnn Wallace, and Heather Zwicker, 271-84. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Hemmings, Clare. 2011. Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Henry, Astrid. 2004. Not My Mother’s Sister: Generational Conflict and Third Wave Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Hesford, Victoria. 2013. Feeling Women’s Liberation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Heywood, Leslie, and Jennifer Drake, eds. 1997. Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kolmar, Wendy. 2011. “History.” In Re-thinking Women’s and Gender Studies, edited by Ann Braithwaite, Catherine Orr, and Diane Lichtenstein, 225-39. New York: Routledge.

Labaton, Vivien, and Dawn Martin, eds. 2004. The Fire this Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism. New York: Anchor Books.

Noble, J. Bobby. 2007. “Refusing to Make Sense: Mapping the In-Coherences of ‘Trans’.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 11, no. 1/2 : 167-75.

Scott, Joan Wallach. 2011. The Fantasy of Feminist History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Thompson, Becky. 2002. “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism.” Feminist Studies 28, no. 2 : 337-60. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3178747.