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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253220629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253220622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although generally buoyant and jovial in tone, Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor addresses serious problems, including sexism in academia, violence against women, and the unceasing backlash against feminism and women's studies in both the academic community and the population at large. Based on her own and her students' actual experiences, Dr. Morris's examination of such concerns is as revealing as it is insightful." —History News Network



"Bonnie Morris's book is a wise and witty read—eloquent, passionate, lucidly organized, and wide-ranging. The subject—women's studies and the vexing backlash against the field—is crucially important not only in the academy but for general audiences as well. Morris gives all the issues the intense attention they deserve." —Sandra M. Gilbert, co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination



"Nowhere have I read the kind of front-line reporting that Bonnie J. Morris foregrounds in her book: the verbatim ongoing insults, challenges, and accusations. This kind of personal testimony puts a human face on the backlash, bringing history to life." —Carolyn Gage, playwright, performer, director, and activist



"Professor Morris's book, like her play (and indeed her career), seeks to educate as wide an audience as possible about the nature and value of women's studies while using humor to both expose and mitigate the sting of the backlash.... Based on her own and her students' actual experiences, Dr. Morris's examination of such concerns is as revealing as it is insightful." —H-Net Reviews, August 2009

About the Author

Bonnie J. Morris is a scholar, teacher, writer, and performer. Her six books include Eden Built by Eves, Girl Reel, and Lubavitcher Women in America. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Toole on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a humanities graduate student myself interested in similar topics, I could not put this book down. While this book is mostly memoir, it also offers eye-opening glimpses of the struggles and triumphs of a Women's History Professor as she drives a U-Haul from California to Cambridge, confronts misogyny from students in office hours, and is constantly questioned "Why should we study 'Women's History'?".
While this book will be especially insightful (and perhaps familiar) for those involved in Academia, it is also great for anyone who thinks Women's Studies is composed mainly of "male-bashing" "feminazi" "dykes". Anyone who reads this book (and please read it before offering criticism), will see that Women's History is not a special interest, but a legitimate and understudied subject. Particularly entertaining are the many anecdotes and quotes pulled directly from Morris' former students who represent all viewpoints. Not only do we hear of students who receive ridicule from other Frat Brothers for taking a Women's Studies course, but also students who do not fight Dr. Morris on the content of the course, but on receiving a A-.
I think that Morris' memoir is especially valuable as a way to view the Women's Movement in the 80s through 00s within Academia. Not only does she map out how Women's Studies Professors were first spawned, but also points out flaws still within Academia (for instance, the lack of funding for Women's Studies Departments and the harsh reality that many qualified scholars are relegated to Adjunct Positions). A great read for anyone with an interest in Academia, Women and Gender Studies or memoirs.
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2 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The Old Philosopher on February 10, 2012
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This book is another rehash of the same old tired misandry that gives "Women's Studies" hate training classes such a bad name. The author has figured out that many people don't want her old tired hate training, but has not taken it to heart. She blame everyone but herself. In her narrow view, its our fault for being offended by our taxes being spent for hate training against half of the human race.
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