Book Review: Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity. Edited by Mary Romero and Abby Stewart

Book Review: Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity. Edited by Mary... Sex Roles, Vol. 42, Nos. 9/10, 2000 Book Review Stealing the Master’s Pen: Women Challenging and Rewriting Master Narratives Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity. Ed- ited by Mary Romero and Abby Stewart. Routledge, London, 1999, 272 pp., $19.99 (paperback). We read this book as three women, with very different life stories, all immersed in scholarship on and with the lives of girls and women. And so we were delighted to be invited to review Untold Stories. This is a rich collection of essays on and by women from across racial, ethnic, national, class, sexuality, and language lines. Dedicated to challenging what they consider ‘‘master narratives,’’ the authors gracefully and boldly position women’s lives at the nexus of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, resistance, victimization, courage, fear, laughter, and despair. Not only do they confront dominant understandings of gender, identity, and the body, but even more provocatively, these essays reveal the very gendered and racialized secrets and lies that have glued together oppressive social relations. These writers, each more talented than the next, come out of many closets, releasing a brilliant display of the power, tenacity, humor, and exhaustion of wom- en’s lives. These essays, as a set, Sex Roles Springer Journals

Book Review: Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity. Edited by Mary Romero and Abby Stewart

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2000 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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