Zillah Eisenstein: In Recognition of her Life Work


Professor Zillah Eisenstein has been teaching at Ithaca College for almost 40 years. The Ithaca College Library is proud to celebrate her contributions to Ithaca College and her field.  We encourage the campus to find one of her many books in the library or read from a selection of her letters, book chapters and articles listed below.   As demonstrated in this guide, and through the testimonials of her colleagues and friends at the upcoming event, she is a pioneer in feminist scholarship and a role model for civic engagement. Congratulations, Zillah!

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Al Jazeera

Since 2013, Zillah has been a regular Opinion writer for Al Jazeera.

Books: Since 2000

Eisenstein, Z. R. (2001). Manmade breast cancers. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Eisenstein, Z. R. (2004). Against empire: feminisms, racism, and the West. London ; New York : Zed Books ; Melbourne : Spinifex Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan.  You can access the Preface & a chapter on her website.

Eisenstein, Z. R. (2007). Sexual decoys: gender, race and war in imperial democracy. London : Zed Books ; Melbourne : Spinifex Press.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (2009). The audacity of races and genders: a personal and global story of the Obama election. London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan.

Books: First Two Decades at Ithaca College

NOTE: Books that the IC Library does not own can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

Eisenstein, Z. R. (1981). The radical future of liberal feminism. Longman series in feminist theory; Variation: Longman series in feminist theory. New York: Longman.Swerdlow, A. (1983). Class, race, and sex: the dynamics of control / Lessinger, Johanna. The Scholar and the feminist ;; v. 2; Variation: Scholar and the feminist ;; v. 2. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall.

Sargent, L. (1981). Women and revolution: a discussion of the unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism. South End Press political controversies series ;; #2; Variation: South End Press political controversies series ;; #2. Boston, MA: South End Press. Preview available in Google Books.
Keohane, N. O. (1982). Feminist theory: a critique of ideology / Rosaldo, Michelle Zimbalist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. NOT in collection.

Diamond, I. (1983). Families, politics, and public policy: a feminist dialogue on women and the state. New York: Longman. NOT in collection.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1984). Feminism and sexual equality: crisis in liberal America. New York: Monthly Review Press.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1988). The female body and the law. Berkeley: University of California Press.
aaaa Women on ice: feminist essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan spectacle. (1995). New York: Routledge.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1994). The color of gender: reimaging democracy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1996). Hatreds: racialized and sexualized conflicts in the 21st century. New York: Routledge.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1998). Global obscenities: patriarchy, capitalism, and the lure of cyberfantasy. New York: New York University Press.
Gelpi, B. C. (1986). Women and poverty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Hirschmann, N. J. (1996). Revisioning the political: feminist reconstructions of traditional concepts in western political theory / Di Stefano, Christine. Feminist theory and politics; Variation: Feminist theory and politics. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.

Mazzarella, S. R. (1999). Growing up girls popular culture and the construction of identity / Pecora, Norma Odom. Adolescent cultures, school & society ;; vol. 9; Variation: Adolescent cultures, school & society ;; vol. 9. New York: P. Lang.  See: "Girlhood pastimes : 'American Girls' and the rest of us" / Sarah Eisenstein Stumbar and Zillah Eisenstein.

Books: 1960s-70s (Before IC)

Eisenstein, Z. R. (1964). You only live twice. London: Eighteen Nineties Society.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1972). Species Life in Marx and Durkheim: Its Import as an Ideology for Women in Contemporary Society (Ph.D.). University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States.  Her dissertation.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1973). Connections between class and sex: moving towards a theory of liberation. [Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association].
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1974). Marx, Engels, and the Marxian method: women’s exploitation and oppression. [Ithaca, N.Y.?]: The Author.
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1978). Capitalist patriarchy and the case for socialist feminism. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters

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Eisensten, Z. (2006, December 4). Letters. The Nation, L. P. 

Eisenstein, Z. R. (1982). The sexual politics of the new right: understanding the “Crisis of Liberalism” for the 1980s. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, 7(3). 
Eisenstein, Z. R. (1984). The patriarchal relations of the Reagan state. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, 10(2). 
Eisenstein, Z. R., Keohane, N. O., Rosaldo, M. Z., & Gelpi, B. C. (1982). Sexual Politics of the New Right: Understanding the `Crisis of Liberalism’ for the 1980s. Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology (pp. p 77–98, 22p). Brighton.: The Harvester Press. 
Eisenstein, Zillah. (1981). Antifeminism in the politics and election of 1980. Feminist Studies, 7(2), 187–205.
Eisenstein, Zillah. (1982). Some thoughts on the Patriarchal State and the Defeat of the Era. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 9(3), 388–390.
Eisenstein, Zillah. (1997). Women’s publics and the search for new democracies. Feminist Review, (57), 140–167.
Eisenstein, Zillah. (1999). Constructing a theory of Capitalist Patriarchy and Socialist Feminism. Critical Sociology (Brill Academic Publishers), 25(2/3), 196–217. doi:10.1163/156916399746211
Eisenstein, Zillah. (2002). Feminisms in the aftermath of September 11. Social Text, (72), 79–99. (link to her webpage).

Eisenstein, Zillah. (2007). Preface. Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race & War in Imperial Democracy, Zed Books. Chapter 1: Gender as Politics in Another Form. ; Chapter 2: Resexing the Wars of/on Terror ; Chapter 3: Terrorized and Privatized Democracy ; Chapter 4: Diversifying and Racializing Decoys ; Chapter 5: Ungendering Feminisms and the Pluralisms of Sex
Eisenstein, Zillah. (2007). Responses to Sunera Thobani’s  ’White wars: Western feminisms and the “War on Terror.Feminist Theory, 8(2).
Eisenstein, Zillah, & Diamond, I. (1983). State, the Patriarchal Family, & Working Mothers. State, the Patriarchal Family, & Working Mothers (pp. p 41–58, 18 p). New York: Longman. 
Eisenstein, Zillah, Funk, N., & Mueller, M. (1993). Eastern European male democracies: a problem of unequal equality. Gender Politics and Post-Communism: Reflections from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. New York: Routledge.
Eisenstein, Zillah, Kruks, S., Rapp, R., & Young, M. (1989). Reflections on a politics of difference. Promissory Notes: Women in the Translation to Socialism. New York: Monthly Review Press. 
Eisenstein, Zillah, & Sargent, L. (1981). Reform and/or revolution: towards a unified women’s movement. Women and Revolution: A Discussion of the Unhappy marriage of Marxism and Feminism. Boston: South End Press. 
Matthews, S. H., Bernard, J., Eisenstein, Z., Griffith, A. I., & Neitz, M. J. (1982). Rethinking Sociology through a feminist perspective. American Sociologist, 17(1), 29–39.

Women & Revolution

See "Reform &/or Revolution: Towards a Unified Women's Movement" p.339-362/.

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What Others Have Said About Zillah

Zimmerman, P. (2012, June 16). Running Clothes: On Zillah Eisenstein’s Leaving Ithaca College. From the blog: Open Spaces: Speculations on openings, closings, and thresholds in international public media. 

"For Zillah Eisenstein politics is like the air we breathe and the ideas we live - always deserving our deepest attention." – Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women‘s Studies, Syracuse University

"Eisentstein has [an] unerring knack of identifying a topic of central relevance to feminist scholarship and the finding a new and thought-provoking angle to it. – Atlantis

"Smart and witty, sobering yet uplifting" – Purnima Mankekar, Ms. Magazine

"...one of the foremost political theorists and activists of our time."

"Zillah Eisenstein connects the dots."

"Truely mind-blowing." – Emily, a former student

Zillah in Jakarta, 2012

Zillah in South Africa, 2008, ENGENDER visit

The Ithacan

"If the recognition comes, that is wonderful, but one does not do what I do for recognition." Zillah Eisenstein quoted in The Ithacan, Thursday, September 23, 1999.

Something old to start with:

Something new:
The following are examples of her civic engagement are mentioned in the following articles:

Buzzsaw Magazine

Some recent articles in Buzzsaw:

Beauty as Distraction (YouTube)

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