Narratives and Memories of Feminism

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Part of the Citizenship, Gender and Diversity book series (FEMCIT)


This chapter considers how the familiar language of waves and generations has been deployed in dominant retellings of Western feminist histories, and the critical work that has sought to challenge and disrupt it. It argues for a focus on the particularities and intricacies of personal narratives and memories as a means of destabilising and intervening into these hegemonic accounts. It considers the landscape of UK and US contemporary feminism over the past 15 years, in particular the contrast between declarations of feminism’s ‘death’ and of the proliferation of visible feminist activism. This chapter introduces the cases that follow that explore feminist identities, not by making claims about what feminism is, but about how it is experienced, felt and remembered by some feminist women today.


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