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Zillah Eisenstein papers

Scope & content

This collection consists of the papers of Dr. Zillah Eisenstein, writer of feminist theory and Professor of Politics at Ithaca College from approximately 1966 to 2011. The collection documents Eisenstein’s academic career and broad research interests. Topics include global feminism, socialist feminism, neoliberalism, capitalism, racism, gender, cyberfeminism, breast cancer, the George W. Bush administration and the War on Terror. The collection is largely composed of materials related to courses taught by Eisenstein at Ithaca College, including syllabi, assignments, notes and subject files. The collection also contains biographical materials, correspondence, writings, publication and publicity materials.

Eisenstein said of her collection, “I teach with all, and from dispersed sites and kinds of info…so I am sure that the materials might seem disjointed in a sense, but they are not. (Actually I teach to create a kind of disjointedness, and from this uncomfortable place is where thinking happens…).”

The collection arrived to the Pembroke Center Archives in two batches and as such, has been processed in two sets. Subgroup I: First Accession, consists of Series I - III. It was processed by Elizabeth Mather in approxiately 2011. Subgroup II: Second Accession, consists of Series IV-VII and was processed by Crystal Johnson in 2017.

Subgroup I, Series I, Course Materials and Syllabi, contains syllabi, course readings, assignments, notes and subject files. The arrangement of Subseries I, Subject Files, reflects Eisenstein’s original order and labels. Subseries II is arranged chronologically.

Subgroup I, Series II, Conferences and Talks, is arranged in two subseries. Subseries I contains drafts of conference papers, presentations, and related conference materials. Subseries II contains transcripts of published interviews with Eisenstein about her work.

Subgroup I, Series III, Research and Publications, is arranged into four subseries. Subseries I contains writings for both academic and popular audiences. Subseries II through IV contain fellowship applications and awards, reviews of her work, and material relating to activist projects, including her local involvement with middle schools.

Subgroup II, Series IV, Biographical and Career Development, contains articles about Eisenstein, conference materials, correspondence, resumes, grant and fellowship applications and sabbatical materials. Folders are arranged alphabetically by record type.

Subgroup II, Series V, Course Materials and Syllabi, is arranged alphabetically by course title into 11 subseries. Subseries generally include course syllabi, assignments, notes and subject files arranged alphabetically by record type and then topic. Subject files in subseries III, Feminist Theories, are arranged into three categories: "western white feminism," "third world feminism," and "Eastern European feminism." These categories are detailed in the syllabus for the course and have been mained in the arrangement by the processor. In subseries XI, Socialist Feminism, subject files are arranged alphabetically but end abruptly with “feudalism.”

Subgroup II, Series VI, Writings and Related, contains articles, book proposals, manuscript drafts, papers and a poem written by Eisenstein. Also included are book reviews, publishing and publicity materials related to works by Eisenstein.

Subgroup II, Series VI, Print Materials, contains newsletters, journals and pamphlets collected by Eisenstein. “Families” by Linda Gordon is referenced repeatedly throughout Series V.