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Feminist Studies – 2003

Exquisite engravings from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam by German naturalist and artist Maria Silbylla Merian (1647-1717) are reproduced on the cover and also inside this issue. Merian’s observations are said to have “revolutionized both botany and zoology,” and it is evident from the specimens presented here why this is so.

Exquisite engravings from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam by German naturalist and artist Maria Silbylla Merian (1647-1717) are reproduced on the cover and also inside this issue. Merian’s observations are said to have “revolutionized both botany and zoology,” and it is evident from the specimens presented here why this is so. Also evident this issue, why Feminist Studies continues to be a leader when it comes to valuable writing of great interest to academic and non-academic audiences alike. This is a particularly worthwhile issue of well-researched and well-written essays offering novel perspectives on early modern European women, two excellent short stories and two excellent poems. Also within this volume is a beautifully composed art essay on the work of painter Agnès Thurnauer, a provocative forum on graduate education in women’s studies, and a cluster of essays about a reproductive and care issues. Leslie J. Reagan’s extraordinary essay “From Hazard to Blessing to Tragedy: Representations of Miscarriage in Twentieth-Century America,” is an exceptional essay linking the author’s personal experience and observation with meticulous research and theory. If you don’t have hours to spend with the issue or the stamina and patience for the academic essays (though they’re worth tackling), by all means read Reagan, poet Cathleen Calbert’s short fiction “The Museum of Tragedy,” Laurie Lamon’s poem “Poetry: A Wonder,” and Baumgardner and Richards’ “The Number One Question about Feminism” which begins: “I consider myself a hard-core feminist….But is it okay that I wear thong underwear?” [Feminist Studies, 0103 Taliaferro, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. E-mail: [email protected]. http://www.feministstudies.org] – SR

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