The general objective of this volume is to present and discuss different modes of existence in women's texts and feminist identity in political and poetic discourse on the one hand, and to analyze the factors which determine differing relationships between women and society, and which result in specific forms of identity on the other. The essays in this volume explore language, gender, mass media, sexuality, class and social change, women's identity as Blacks and in the Third World as well as the nature of domination, feminine criticism and female creativity. The volume opens with a challenging question by the feminist poet Adrienne Rich, 'Who is We?'
1. Foreword (by Zavala, Iris M.); 2. Keynote Address; 3. Notes Toward a Politics of Location (by Rich, Adrienne); 4. Semiotic Theory: Sexuality, Literature and Culture; 5. Female Desire and Sexual Identity (by Coward, Rosalind); 6. Black North-American Women Poets in the Semiotics of Culture (by Diaz-Diocaretz, Myriam); 7. Practical Criticism: Law, Racism and Art; 8. Women's Rights as Human Rights: Latin American Countries and the Organization of American States (OAS) (by Medina, Cecilia); 9. Racism in Everyday Experiences of Black Women (by Essed, Philomena); 10. "I found God in Myself and I loved Her/I loved Her fiercely": More Thoughts on the Work of Black Women Artists (by Cliff, Michelle); 11. Concluding Remarks (by Zavala, Iris M.); 12. Contributors Notes