Publications

A Tale of Love
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 1995

A TALE OF LOVE follows the quest of a woman in love with ‘Love’. The film is loosely inspired by THE TALE OF KIEU, the Vietnamese national poem of love marked by internal turbulence and foreign domination. Exposing the fiction of love and the process of consumption, the film marginalizes traditional narrative conventions and utilizes interaction of reality, memory and dream.
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African Spaces
Designs for Living in Upper Volta
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Africana Publishing Company, 1985

Taking as their subject the Gurunsi people of Upper Volta, the authors provide case studies of eight ethnic groups. The authors describe for each group such topics as the history and founding of the village, the spatial and social organization for the compound, the design and construction of dwellings, and the use of private and communal space in everyday life.

Animacies
Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect
Mel Y. Chen
Duke University Press, Perverse Modernities series, 2012

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal.

Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister
Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran
Minoo Moallem
University of California Press, 2005

Moallem refers to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to understanding the invention of the Islamic ummat as a modern fraternal community. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

Between Woman and Nation
Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State
Minoo Moallem
Caren Kaplan
Norma Alarcón
Duke University Press, 1999

In Between Woman and Nation constructions such as nationalism, homeland, country, region, and locality are for the first time examined in the context of gender.

Bodies of the Desert
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Earth Aware Editions, 2007

(20-min Digital video in Bodyscapes) The term “body art” often conjures rude images of radical piercings and raunchy tattoos on “modern primitives.” Bourdier tries a completely different task: to create haunting photographic images that allow viewers to see the environment from inside out by painting the bodies of models, making them one with the desert landscape.

Cinema Interval
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Routledge, 1999

In her writings and interviews, as well as in her filmscripts, Trinh explores what she describes as the “infinite relation” of word to image. Cinema Interval covers a wide range of issues, many of them concerning “the space between”–between viewer and film, image and text, interviewer and interviewee, lover and beloved.

Circuits of Visibility
Gender and Transnational Media Cultures
Radha S. Hegde
Minoo Moallem
NYU Press, 2011

Volume edited by Radha S. Hegde. Minoo Moallem contributes a chapter titled Objects of Knowledge, Subjects of Consumption: Persian Carpets and The Gendered Politics of Transnational Knowledge. It is one of a collection of sixteen essays that collectively advance a discussion about sexual politics, media, technology, and globalization.

Crossing Centuries: A Road Trip through Colonial Africa
Irene Tinker
Inkwater Press, 2011
Drawn from African Dwellings
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Indiana University Press, 1996

Architect Jean-Paul Bourdier and cultural critic and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha take us into the traditionally built dwellings of African society in this richly illustrated book. Through this “life-in-architecture” we see material evidence of a culture, its socio-economic and cosmological organization, its way of living, and its world view.

Elsewhere, Within Here
Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Routledge, 2011

Elsewhere, Within Here is an engaging look at travel across national borders–as a foreigner, a tourist, an immigrant, a refugee—in a pre- and post-9/11 world. The author examines the cultural meaning and complexities of travel, immigration, home and exile.

En Miniscules
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Le Méridien Éditeur, 1987
Feminist Sociology
Life Histories of A Movement
Barbara Laslett
Barrie Thorne
Rutgers University Press , 1997

This collection of thirteen life stories recaptures the history of a political and intellectual movement that created feminist sociology as a field of inquiry. The life history is a crucial tool for sociological thought. Life histories can be a bridge between individual experience and codified knowledge, between human agency and social structure.

Forced to Care
Coercion and Caregiving in America
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Harvard University Press, 2010

Evelyn Nakano Glenn offers an innovative interpretation of care labor in the United States by tracing the roots of inequity along two interconnected strands: unpaid caring within the family; and slavery, indenture, and other forms of coerced labor.

Framer Framed
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Routledge, 1992

Framer Framed brings together the scripts and detailed visuals of three of Trinh Minh-ha’s provocative films: Reassemblage, Naked Spaces, and Surname Viet Given Name Nam. Offers a selection of related interviews in which Trinh discusses visual creativity and the politics of documentary practice as well as questions of feminist, postcolonial, and postmodernist art and culture.

Gender in the Hindu Nation
RSS Women as Ideologues
Paola Bacchetta
Kali/Women Unlimited, 2004

The three essays in this volume offer a detailed account of women who are active in the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti. It analyses differences in their, and the RSS’s articulation of the place that women occupy in their ideology, in symbolic space, and in a Hindu Rashtra. A theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich contribution to an analysis of the nation and the RSS.

Gender Play
Girls and Boys in School
Barrie Thorne
Rutgers University Press, 1993

Breaking with familiar conventions for thinking about children and gender, Gender Play develops fresh insights into the everyday social worlds of kids in elementary schools in the United States. Thorne draws on her daily observations in the classroom and in the playground to show how children construct and experience gender in school.

Genders in Production
Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories
Leslie Salzinger
University of California Press, 2003

Her careful ethnographic work, personal voice, and sophisticated analysis capture the feel of life inside the maquiladoras and make a compelling case that transnational production is a gendered process. The research grounds contemporary feminist theory in an examination of daily practices and provides an important new perspective on globalization.

Good Science
The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
Charis Thompson
The MIT Press, 2013

There may be no consensus on the status of the embryo-only a tacit agreement to disagree-but the debate now takes place in a context in which human stem cell research and related technologies already exist. In this book, Charis Thompson investigates the evolution of the controversy over human pluripotent stem cell research in the US and proposes a new ethical approach for “good science”.

Hidden Aspects of Women’s Work
Christine Bose
Roslyn Feldberg
Natalie Sokoloff
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Praeger, 1987

The book offers a comprehensive discussion of women in the work force, covering unpaid domestic work and paid labor, blue collar workers and professionals, and the ways the institutions affect them all. The book addresses the intersection between work and family life and the supermom syndrome, reports on sexual harassment, the impact technology has had on clerical jobs, and more.

Issei, Nisei, War Bride
Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Temple University Press, 1986

In this study of Japanese American women employed as domestic workers, Nakano-Glenn reveals how the careers of these strong but oppressed women affected the history of Asian immigration in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Three generations of women speak in their own words about coping with degraded employment and how this work related to family and community life.

Language, Gender, and Society
Barrie Thorne
Cheris Kramarae
Nancy Henley
Newbury House, 1983
Making Parents
The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies
Charis Thompson
MIT Press, 2005

Drawing on science and technology studies, feminist theory, and historical and ethnographic analyses of ART clinics, Thompson explores the intertwining of biological reproduction with the personal, political, and technological meanings of reproduction.

Measured Excess
Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea
Laura C. Nelson
Columbia University Press, 2000
Mothering
Ideology, Experience, and Agency
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Grace Chang
Linda Rennie Forcey
Routledge, 1994

This volume presents a perspective on mothering as a socially-constructed relationship focused on caring and nurturing. It addresses different ideas and practices of mothering, the need to go beyond biological determinism and family values, and the conditions and resources of mothering; central to the reproduction of social relations, and contested terrain.

Naked Spaces
Living is Round
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 1996

Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). Sensuous sights and sounds lead the viewer on a poetic journey to the most inaccessible parts of the African continent, the private interaction of people in their living spaces.

Night Passage
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 2004

This provocative digital tale tells the story of three young friends traveling for a brief moment together on the train between life and death. Their journey into and out of the land of ‘awakened dreams’ occurs on a long ride on a night train.

Out There
Marginalization and Contemporary Culture
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Russell Ferguson
Martha Gever
Cornel West
MIT Press, 1992

Out There addresses the theme of cultural marginalization – the process whereby various groups are excluded from access to and participation in the dominant culture. It engages fundamental issues raised by attempts to define such concepts as mainstream and minority, and opens up new ways of thinking about culture and representation.

Queer Latinidad
Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (Sexual Cultures)
Juana Rodriguez
NYU Press, 2003

Rodríguez documents the ways in which identities are transformed by encounters with language, the law, culture, and public policy. She identifies three key areas as the project’s case studies: activism; immigration law; and cyberspace. In each, Rodríguez theorizes the ways queer Latino/a identities are enabled or constrained.

Reassemblage
From the Firelight to the Screen
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 1982

Women are the focus but not the object of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s influential first film, a complex visual study of the women of rural Senegal. Through a complicity of interaction between film and spectator, REASSEMBLAGE reflects on documentary filmmaking and the ethnographic representation of cultures.

Rethinking the Family
Some Feminist Questions
Barrie Thorne
Marilyn Yalom
Northeastern University Press, 1992

Contributors from a range of disciplines address issues such as the increase in divorce and single-parent families, employment of married women and mothers, the relationship of poverty to family structure, controversy over access to abortion, the increasing visibility of varied family forms, and debates over the very meaning of “family.”

Right Wing Women
From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World
Paola Bacchetta
Margaret Power
Routledge, 2002

An oft-neglected subject, right-wing women are an important component in understanding the many racist, fascist, and anti-feminist movements of the 20th century. Providing original research on an array of right-wing groups around the world, the contributors paint a disturbing and complicated portrait of the women involved in these movements.

Secession
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Adolf Krischanitz

Trinh T. Minh-Ha blends different forms of writing and narrating; the mutual challenge of the theoretical and the poetical, discursive and “non-discursive” languages tell of her resistance against categorizations and limitations, which is carried out right across ethnicities and cultures. She shows five films at the Secession and gives an insight into her publications from recent years.

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings
Juana Maria Rodriguez
New York University Press, 2014

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings proposes a theory of sexual politics that works in the interstices between radical queer desires and the urgency of transforming public policy, between utopian longings and everyday failures.

Shades of Difference
Why Skin Color Matters
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Stanford University Press, 2009

SShades of Difference addresses the widespread but little studied phenomenon of colorism—the preference for lighter skin and the ranking of individual worth according to skin tone.

Shoot for the Contents
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 1991

The film—whose title refers in part to a Chinese guessing game—is a unique excursion into the maze of allegorical naming and storytelling in China. It ponders questions of power and change, politics and culture, as refracted by Tiananmen Square events.This meditative documentary realizes on screen the shifts of interpretation in contemporary Chinese culture and politics.

Surname Viêt, Given Name Nam
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Women Make Movies, 2005

This documentary explores the role of Vietnamese women. Using dance, printed texts, folk poetry and experiences of Vietnamese women in Vietnam and the United States, Trinh’s film challenges official culture with the voices of women. The film explores the difficulty of translation, and themes of dislocation and exile, critiquing traditional society and life since the war.

The Digital Film Event
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Routledge, 2005

Endless travel in cyberspace, virtual reality, and the dream of limitless speed: technology changes our sense of self. In her new book, Trinh Minh-ha explores the way technology transforms our perception of reality.

The Fourth Dimension
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Jean-Paul Bourdier
Women Make Movies, 2001

An elegant meditation on time, travel, and ceremony. Minh-ha deconstructs the role of ritual in mediating between the past and the present. She explains, -Shown in their widespread functions and manifestations,…religious rite and theatrical performance, rituals involve not only the regularity in the structure of everyday life, but also the dynamic agents in the world of meaning.-

Trinh T. Minh-ha
Texte, Filme, Gespräche
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Kunstverein München, 1995
Un Art Sans Oeuvre
Ou, L’anonymat Dans Les Arts Contemporains
Trinh T. Minh-ha
International Book Publishers, 1981

-the mixing of different modes . . . ; the mutual challenge of theoretical and poetical, discursive and nondiscursive languages.- Her first theoretical work, Un art sans oeuvre, illustrates this mixing; one chapter links writings by the French theorist Jacques Derrida and the playwright Antonin Artaud to those of Zen Buddhist healers such as Krishnamurti.

Unequal Freedom
How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Harvard University Press, 2004

The inequalities that persist in America have deep historical roots. Evelyn Nakano Glenn untangles this complex history in a unique comparative regional study from the end of Reconstruction to the eve of World War II.

When the Moon Waxes Red
Representation, Gender and Cultural Politics
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Routledge, 1991

When the Moon Waxes Red is an extended argument against reductive analyses, even those that appear politically adroit. The multiply-hyphenated peoples of color are not simply placed in a duality between two cultural heritages; throughout, Trinh describes the predicament of having to live “a difference that has no name and too many names already.”

Woman, Native, Other
Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Indiana University Press, 1989

“Woman, Native, Other is located at the juncture of a number of different fields and disciplines, and it genuinely succeeds in pushing the boundaries of these disciplines further. It is one of the very few theoretical attempts to grapple with the writings of women of color.” —Chandra Talpade Mohanty