Publications from the Gender & Women's Studies Librarian's Office

About Feminist Collections

FEMINIST COLLECTIONS: A QUARTERLY OF WOMEN'S STUDIES RESOURCES (ISSN 0742-7441) reviews the latest print, electronic, and audiovisual resources for research and teaching in women's studies. Recent book reviews have treated such subjects as women of color in academia, pregnancy in modern America, feminist evangelicalism, and girls' studies. There are guides to new bibliographies and reference works, critiques of videos, announcements of new websites and blogs, and news of out-of-the-way materials -- pamphlets, reports, rare book dealers' catalogs, microforms, and more. Thoughtful articles by experts explore women's publishing, Internet resources, library organization, archives, and other tools for feminist scholarship. New periodicals and special issues of journals in other disciplines are announced in each issue.

FEMINIST COLLECTIONS is part of a joint subscription with FEMINIST PERIODICALS: A CURRENT LISTING OF CONTENT and NEW BOOKS ON WOMEN, GENDER, & FEMINISM. FEMINIST COLLECTIONS is also available in fulltext from vol. 16, no. 1 (Fall 1994) in the databases GenderWatch and Contemporary Women's Issues and is indexed in Women's Studies International selectively from 1982-1993, completely thereafter; in Alternative Press Index from vol. 22, no. 1 (Fall 2000); and in Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts from vol. 25, no. 2 (Winter 2004). (Links will work for University of Wisconsin-Madison users; elsewhere, check your library).

For further information check with the Office of the UW System Gender & Women's Studies Librarian, 430 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 263-5754, or Email us.

Newest Items from Feminist Collections


From v. 34, nos. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2013): Table of Contents, From the Editors, "Coverage, Content, Concepts: Textbooks for Introductory Courses in Women's and Gender Studies," and E-Sources on Women and Gender column.

From v. 33, no. 4 (Fall 2012): Table of Contents, From the Editors, "Theorists Telling Stories: Feminist Memoirs," by Emily Bowles, New Reference Works in Women's Studies column and E-Sources on Women and Gender column.

From v. 33, no. 3 (Summer 2012): Table of Contents, From the Editors, "Gender and Online Gaming" (Dorothea Salo reviews Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures: Passionate Play, and Linda Shimon reviews Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning), and E-Sources on Women and Gender column.

From v. 33, no. 2 (Spring 2012): Table of Contents, From the Editors, E-Sources on Women and Gender column and review essay "Our Bodies, Ourselves for Ourselves and Our Classrooms," by Nancy Worcester, reflecting on Our Bodies, Ourselves, including its latest edition.

From v. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2012): Table of Contents, From the Editors, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and book review "Ladies in Hats and Other Jewish Gender Surprises," by Ruth Abrams.

From v. 32, no.3-4 (Summer-Fall, 2011) Double Issue: Table of Contents, From the Editors, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, "Global Islamic Feminisms," book review by Mahruq Khan, and "Women at War: Changing Roles in the U.S. Military," a review of several videos, by Lisa Schreibersdorf.

From v. 32, no. 2 (Spring 2011): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, "From the Editors: A Bookstore of One's Own," by JoAnne Lehman, and "Oldies but Goodies: Archiving Web-Based Information," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard.

From v. 32, no. 1 (Winter 2011): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, "The Personal is Political and Academic: Memoirs of Women's Studies Pioneers," by Helen M. Bannon, "Citation Tracking Citings and Sightings," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard, and "Seek the Roots: An Immersive and Interactive Archive of Black Feminist Practice," by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

From v. 31, no. 4 (Fall 2010): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and a multimedia review: "'Vernacular Third Wave Discourse': New Works on Riot Grrrl, Girl Zines, and Girl Rock," by Virginia Corvid.

From v. 31, no. 3 (Summer 2010): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, a review of five documentaries on Trans Lives, and free online videos for women's studies.

From v. 31, no. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2010): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and a book review essay "Gender and Political Violence," by Janice Bogstad.

From v. 30, no. 4 (Fall 2009): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender Column, and a book review essay "Feminist Ethics: From Local to Global," by Andrea C. Westlund.

From v. 30, no. 3 (Summer 2009): Table of Contents, From the Editors column, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and "Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Women's History," a book review by Phyllis Holman Weisbard.

From v. 30, no. 2 (Spring 2009): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and "An Open Letter, to the New White House Council on Women & Girls re: Federal Government Website for Women," by Beth Harper.

From v. 30, no. 1 (Winter 2009): Table of Contents, From the Editors, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, and "What's a Bright Feminist Like You Doing in a Genre Like This? Readings Women's Science Fiction," book review essay by Helen Merrick.

From v. 29, no. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2008): Table of Contents and From the Editors, E-Sources on Women and Gender column, "A Torrent of Moving Images: Free Online Videos for Women’s Studies," an article by Phyllis Holman Weisbard, and "Undead, Gothic, and Queer: The Allure of Buffy," a book review essay by Pamela O'Donnell.

From v. 29, no. 2 (Spring 2008): Table of Contents, E-Sources on Women and Gender column and "Feminist Artists and Art (Still) Works: Four Films," reviewed by Helen Klebesadel.

From v. 29, no. 1 (Winter 2008): Table of Contents and E-Sources on Women and Gender that issue

From v. 28, no. 4 (Summer-Fall 2007): Table of Contents and E-Sources on Women and Gender that issue

Table of Contents from v. 28, no. 3 (Spring 2007)

Our series on Girls' Studies

  • Read the introduction to the series, by Tracy Wendt Lemaster, Guest Editor [from v. 28, no. 3 (Spring 2007].
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  • Sample Book Reviews (Firefox users, read this first)

    Are Abortion Politics Relevant to Women of Color?, by Sherri L. Barnes [from v.27, no.1 (Fall 2005)]

    Can a Book About Mentoring Be a Mentor?, by Jean Waltman [from v.24, no.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2003)]

    Celebrating, Deconstructing, Historicizing, and Theorizing Transgenderism and the Transgendered, by Eleanor M. Miller [from v.19, no.2 (Winter 1998)]

    Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Women's History, by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v.30, no.3 (Summer 2009)

    Changing Voices and Struggles of Feminist Activism, by Nancy Worcester [from v.27, no.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2006)]

    "Coverage, Content, Concepts: Textbooks for Introductory Courses in Women's and Gender Studies," by Christie Launius and Holly Hassel [v.34, nos.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2013)]

    Domestic Violence Texts: A Review of Teaching Resources, by Karen E. Muench [from v.23, no.2 (Winter 2002)]

    Evangelical Feminism, by Nadean Bishop [from v.27, no.4 (Summer 2006)]

    Feminist Ethics: From Local to Global by Andrea C. Westlund, a review of three books [from v. 30, no.4 (Fall 2009)]


    "Gender and Online Gaming" (Dorothea Salo reviews Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures: Passionate Play, and Linda Shimon reviews Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning) [from v.33, no. 3 (Summer 2012)]


    Gender and Political Violence, by Janice Bogstad, a review of 3 books and 1 DVD [from v. 31, no. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2010)]

    "Global Islamic Feminisms," by Mahruq Khan, a review of 3 books [from v.32, no. 3-4 (Summer-Fall, 2011)]

    Introducing the Women and Religion Review Series, by Lori Rowlett [from v.24, no.2 (Winter 2003)]

    "Ladies in Hats and Other Jewish Gender Surprises," by Ruth Abrams [from v. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2012)]

    Narratives from Women of Color in the Halls of Academe, by Pat Washington [from v. 28, no. 1 (Fall 2006)]

    New Millenium Trannies: Gender-Bending, Identities, and Cultural Politics, by Joelle Ruby Ryan [from v.26, no.1 (Fall 2004)]

    New Reference Works in Women's Studies column, by several reviewers [from v.33, no. 4, Fall 2012]

    North American Muslim Women Voice Their Concerns, by Sherine Hamdy [from v.22, no.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2001)]

    "Our Bodies, Ourselves for Ourselves and Our Classrooms," by Nancy Worcester [from v. 33, no. 2 (Spring 2012)]

    The Pedagogical Mystique: Feminist Academic Discourse, by Carmen Faymonville [from v.24, no.2 (Winter 2003)]

    "The Personal is Political and Academic: Memoirs of Women's Studies Pioneers," by Helen M. Bannon [from v.32, no.1 (Winter 2011)]

    Reworking Pasts and Envisioning Futures: Thinking "Otherwise" About Women's Studies, by Catherine M. Orr [from v.26, no.4 (Summer 2005)]

    "Theorists Telling Stories: Feminist Memoirs," by Emily Bowles [from v.33, no. 4 (Fall 2012)]

    "Undead, Gothic, and Queer: The Allure of Buffy," by Pamela O'Donnell [from v.29, no.3-4 (Summer-Fall 2008)]

    "'Vernacular Third Wave Discourse': New Works on Riot Grrrl, Girl Zines, and Girl Rock," by Virginia Corvid.


    "What's a Bright Feminist Like You Doing in a Genre Like This? Readings Women's Science Fiction," book review essay by Helen Merrick [from v. 30, no.1 (Winter 2009)]

    Writing and Reading Memoir as Consciousness-Raising: If the Personal is Political, is the Memoir Feminist?, by Helen Bannon [from v.26, no.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2005)]

    Sample Video Reviews (Firefox users, read this first)

    Diversifying and Complicating Representations of Trans Lives: Five Documentaries about Gender Identity, reviewed by Joelle Ruby Ryan [from v. 31, no. 3 (summer 2010)]

    Feminist Artists and Art (Still) Works: Four Films, reviewed by Helen Klebesadel [from v. 29, no. 2 (Spring 2008)]

    Honoring the Forgotten History of Birth Control, by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v. 28, no. 1 (Fall 2006)]

    Transsavvy Transfilms, by Bri Smith [from v.27, no.1 (Fall 2005)]

    "'Vernacular Third Wave Discourse': New Works on Riot Grrrl, Girl Zines, and Girl Rock," by Virginia Corvid [from v. 31, no. 4 (Fall 2010)]

    "Women at War: Changing Roles in the U.S. Military," a review of nine video and other media items, by Lisa Schreibersdorf [from v. 32, no. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2011)]

    Women in Islam: Four Films by Jennifer Loewenstein [from v.22, no.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2001).]

    For more video reviews, go to Feminist Collections' Archive and search for “Video Reviews” as a subject.

    More Sample Articles and Reviews (Firefox users, read this first)

    Blogging Women's Studies (Round-Up), by various contributors [from v.27, no.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2006)]; a second round-up Blogs and Other E-Tools for Women's Studies [from v.28, no.4 (Summer-Fall 2007)]; and a third round-up YouTube in Women's Studies [from v.29, no.1 (Winter 2008)]

    "Citation Tracking Citings and Sightings," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v.32, no.1 (Winter 2011)]

    Digital Feminism: Reaching Women Through Web-Based Courses, by Melissa Alsgaard [from v.22, no.1 (Fall 2000)]

    “Do You YouTube?" Using Online Video in Women’s Studies Courses, by Deb Hoskins [from v.30, no.2 (Spring 2009)]

    "Going MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v.34, nos. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2013)]


    Learning from Student Learning: A Librarian-Instructor's View of Her Information Literacy Class, by Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson (from v.28, no.1 (Fall 2006)], a follow-up to her Stronger Students, Better Research: Information Literacy in the Women's Studies Classroom [from v.25, no.4 (Summer 2004)]

    Like Catching Waves Upon the Sand: The Challenges of Designing for the Web, by Pamela O'Donnell [from v.24, no.2 (Winter 2003)]

    More Online Videos for Women's Studies: An Update to "A Torrent of Moving Images," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v. 31, no. 3 (Summer 2010)] and "A Torrent of Moving Images: Free Online Videos for Women’s Studies," by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v.29, no.3-4 (Summer-Fall 2008)]

    Negotiating Class Interests and Academy-Community Divides: The Case of Women's Studies' Emergence at the University of Minnesota, by Catherine M. Orr [from v.20, no.3 (Spring 1999)]

    Oldies but Goodies: Archiving Web-Based Information, by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v. 32, no. 2 (Spring 2011)]

    "An Open Letter, to the New White House Council on Women & Girls re: Federal Government Website for Women," by Beth Harper [from v.30, no.2 (Spring 2009)]

    The Power of Pen Publishing: International Grrrl Zines and Distros, by Elke Zobl [from v.26, no.1 (Fall 2004)]

    Queens of the Zine Scene: Best Lines, by M.L. Frasier [from v.26, no.4 (Summer 2005)]

    A Research Revolution in the Making: Google Books and More as Sources for Women’s History, by Phyllis Holman Weisbard [from v. 28, no.2 (Winter 2007)]

    "Seek the Roots: An Immersive and Interactive Archive of Black Feminist Practice," by Alexis Pauline Gumbs [from v.32, no.1(Winter 2011)]


    Treasures of the Women's Movement, by Marianne Boere [from v.22, no.1 (Fall 2000)]

    "Why Shop? Week": Shopping, Service-Learning, and Student Activism, by Kayann Short [from v.20, no.3 (Spring 1999)]

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    For more articles on academy/community connections, go to Feminist Collections' archive and search by date for v.20, no.3 (Spring 1999).

    For more articles on the use of technology in women's studies, go to Feminist Collections' archive and search for the subject "Information Technology."

    For more zine reviews by M.L. Frasier, go to Feminist Collections' archive and search for the subject "Zines."

    Archives (Firefox users, read this first!)

    All back issues of FEMINIST COLLECTIONS are available and searchable in the Feminist Collections area of Minds@UW, the University of Wisconsin's institutional repository. They may also be browsed by date in the repository.