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2 March 2017 /

Cambridge makes feminist theory and women’s history free for International Women’s Day

Cambridge University Press is delighted to support International Women’s Day 2017.

To honour the day, Cambridge will be celebrating women in academia and their work, by making chapters from over 100 books available free to read online - including some of the most vital contributions to feminist theory and women’s history. These will be accessible from:

Mandy Hill, Managing Director for Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press said: ““International Women’s Day is a celebration of the great work done by women across the globe and across history and I am delighted that we are making content published by Cambridge University Press free to support this important initiative.

As a university press and global publisher we see it as intrinsic within our role to support, develop and publish the highest standards of education and research for everyone and by everyone, irrespective of gender, race, age, or sexuality. To achieve this goal, we have to champion our women authors, editors and publishing teams, which sometimes means pushing against historic norms." 

The content that will be available freely will include chapters from:

Darwin and Women ed. Samantha Evans - a look at Darwin's correspondence with women and on the lives of the women he knew and wrote to, including a large number of hitherto unpublished letters between members of Darwin's family and their friends.


The Value of Virginia Woolf by Madelyn Detloff – a demonstration of Woolf’s enduring value for our own time, both as a defender of modernist experimentation and as a novelist of innovation and poetic vision.

An Introduction to Feminism by Lorna Finlayson - a clear and critical introduction to feminist theory, this refreshing overview focuses on the practice of feminism with coverage of actions and activism, bringing the subject to life for newcomers as well as offering fresh perspectives for advanced students.

Women Talk More Than Men by Abby Kaplan - a fascinating textbook addressing a wide range of language myths, focusing on important big-picture issues such as the rule-governed nature of language or the influence of social factors on how we speak.


Notes to editors

For further information please contact Leanne McCormick on or +44 (0) 1223 326194.

About Cambridge University Press

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The full list of titles from which free chapters will be made available are:

The Musical Work of Nadia Boulanger

Jeanice Brooks

Verdi, Opera, Women

Susan Rutherford

Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception

Jennifer Bain

Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity

Kate Wilkinson

Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World

Anise K. Strong

Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present

Elizabeth P. Archibald

The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory

Ellen Rooney

A History of Feminist Literary Criticism

Gill Plain

Literature and the Development of Feminist Theory

Robin Truth Goodman

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen

Peter Sabor

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

Carolyn Dinshaw

Women as Scribes

Alison I. Beach

Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England

Erica Longfellow

The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn

Derek Hughes

Poor Women in Shakespeare

Fiona McNeill

Women's Writing in the British Atlantic World

Kate Chedgzoy

Religion, Reform, and Women's Writing in Early Modern England

Kimberly Anne Coles

Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature

Bernadette Andrea

Shakespeare's Women

David Mann

Women Writing History in Early Modern England

Megan Matchinske

The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing

Laura Lunger Knoppers

Heresy Trials and English Women Writers, 1400–1670

Genelle Gertz

Producing Women's Poetry, 1600–1730

Gillian Wright

Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage

Mary Floyd-Wilson

Margaret Cavendish

Lisa Walters

Grief and Women Writers in the English Renaissance

Elizabeth Hodgson

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

Jennifer Keith

Editing Early Modern Women

Sarah C. E. Ross

Women Writing the English Republic, 1625–1681

Katharine Gillespie

The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft

Claudia L. Johnson

The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley

Esther Schor

The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Betty A. Schellenberg

A Literary History of Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789

Susan Staves

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

Janet Todd

Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London

Gillian Russell

Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Karen O'Brien

A Literary History of Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789

Susan Staves

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen

Edward Copeland

The Cambridge Companion to 'Pride and Prejudice'

Janet Todd

Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy

Orianne Smith

Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Chloe Wigston Smith

Bluestockings Displayed

Elizabeth Eger

A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family

Deirdre Le Faye

Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic

Dale Townshend

Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century

Fiona Ritchie

The Hidden Jane Austen

John Wiltshire

The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period

Devoney Looser

The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789

Catherine Ingrassia

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

Janet Todd

The Cambridge Companion to ‘Emma'

Peter Sabor

Correspondence with Lady Bradshaigh and Lady Echlin

Peter Sabor

Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814

Ingrid Horrocks

The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës

Heather Glen

The Brontës and Education

Marianne Thormählen

The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot

Nancy Henry

Shakespeare and Victorian Women

Gail Marshall

Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape

Judith W. Page

George Eliot and Money

Dermot Coleman

Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century

Hilary Fraser

The Brontës in Context

Marianne Thormählen

George Eliot in Context

Margaret Harris

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Writing

Linda H. Peterson

Darwin and Women

Samantha Evans

A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry

Jane Dowson

The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf

Jane Goldman

Henry James, Women and Realism

Victoria Coulson

The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf

Susan Sellers

The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers

Maren Tova Linett

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry

Jane Dowson

Women Modernists and Fascism

Annalisa Zox-Weaver

Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism

Jodie Medd

Modernism, Feminism and the Culture of Boredom

Allison Pease

Virginia Woolf in Context

Bryony Randall

Mrs. Dalloway

Anne E. Fernald

Virginia Woolf and the Professions

Evelyn Tsz Yan Chan

The Cambridge Companion to To The Lighthouse

Allison Pease

The Value of Virginia Woolf

Madelyn Detloff

Housing, Class and Gender in Modern British Writing, 1880–2012

Emily Cuming

American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822–1869

Melissa J. Homestead

The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson

Wendy Martin

The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison

Justine Tally

The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath

Jo Gill

The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton

Pamela Knights

The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature

Angelyn Mitchell

Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing

Dorri Beam

The Cambridge History of American Women's Literature

Dale M. Bauer

Edith Wharton in Context

Laura Rattray

The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison

Tessa Roynon

Emily Dickinson and Philosophy

Jed Deppman

Emily Dickinson in Context

Eliza Richards

The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop

Angus Cleghorn

The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature

Scott Herring

The Value of Emily Dickinson

Mary Loeffelholz

A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry

Linda A. Kinnahan

A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry

Jennifer Putzi

The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood

Coral Ann Howells

The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

The Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro

David Staines

The Cambridge History of Latin American Women's Literature

Ileana Rodríguez

Women Writers and National Identity

Stephanie Bird

Women and Marriage in German Medieval Romance

D. H. Green

Contemporary Black and Asian Women Playwrights in Britain

Gabriele Griffin

Women on Stage in Stuart Drama

Sophie Tomlinson

The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill

Elaine Aston

Early American Women Critics

Gay Gibson Cima

Women on the Stage in Early Modern France

Virginia Scott

A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400–1700

Jacqueline Broad

How Biology Shapes Philosophy

David Livingstone Smith

An Introduction to Feminism

Lorna Finlayson

The Original Position

Timothy Hinton

Women Prophets and Radical Protestantism in the British Atlantic World, 1640–1730

Elizabeth Bouldin

The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

Isaac Sassoon

The Rise of Women Managers, Business Owners and Leaders in the Arabian Gulf States

Nick Forster

Pioneers of the Field

Andrew Bank

The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice

Chris G. Sibley

Women on the Run

Danny Hayes

Gendering Legislative Behavior

Tiffany D. Barnes

The Public Law of Gender

Kim Rubenstein

Feminist Judgments

Kathryn M. Stanchi

In Search of the New Woman

Gillian Sutherland

Gender Remade

Sandra F. VanBurkleo

Women in Twentieth-Century Africa

Iris Berger

British Women Surgeons and their Patients, 1860–1918

Claire Brock

Representing Sylvia Plath

Sally Bayley

Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions

Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present

Susan Brown

A Feminist Reader

Sharon M. Harris

The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature

Jodie Medd

Women Talk More Than Men

Abby Kaplan

A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1700–1800

Karen Green

The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir

Claudia Card

Women, Modernism, and Performance

Penny Farfan

Women and Power in Postconflict Africa

Aili Mari Tripp

Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce

Susan Bisom-Rapp

Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China

Louise Edwards

Judges and Ruth

Victor H. Matthews

Images of Woman and Child from the Bronze Age

Stephanie Lynn Budin

God and Politics in Esther

Yoram Hazony

The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

Isaac Sassoon

Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism

Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought

Aaron Koller

Dialogue, Politics and Gender

Jude Browne

The Future of Gender

Jude Browne

Gender and Health

Chloe E. Bird

Making Sense of Motherhood

Tina Miller

The Deepening Darkness

Carol Gilligan

Separate Roads to Feminism

Benita Roth

Messengers of Sex

Celia Roberts

A Woman's Thoughts about Women

Dinah Mulock Craik

Property in the Body

Donna Dickenson

Tamta's World

Antony Eastmond


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