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Feminist and Womanist Studies

"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people," quipped Maria Shear in 1986. The history of feminist and womanist struggles on behalf of that "radical notion" show how challenging it has been to "business as usual"—not least in biblical and theological scholarship. Today's best thinkers seek not only to bring those perspectives to bear on the biblical and theological tradition but to ask penetrating questions about our world and how it can, and must, change.

Fortress authors have been at the forefront of feminist and womanist inquiry and protest and continue to speak at the intersections of gender and politics, theology, race, and Christian origins.


Janice McRandal (Author)
Release date: February 1, 2015

McRandal argues that the doctrinal narrative of creation, fall, and redemption provides resources to resolve the theological impasse of difference in contemporary feminist theology.

Namsoon Kang (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2014

Diasporic Feminist Theology attempts to construct feminist theology by adopting diaspora as a theopolitical and ethical metaphor. The author here constructs diasporic, transethnic, and glocal feminist theological discourses that create spaces of transformation, reconciliation, and solidarity.

Release date: October 1, 2014
Arguing for a retrieval of the landmark work, God's Fierce Whimsy, Stina Busman Jost establishes the critical importance of this volume for the construction of a dialogic theological method and makes the argument that a dialogic theological method is relevant for the doing of theology today
Release date: October 1, 2014
Here Shanell T. Smith brings the categories of race/ethnicity and class to bear on John's metaphors of the "Great Whore" and highlights the simultaneous duality of the woman Babylon characterization.
Release date: May 1, 2014
With Empowering Memory and Movement, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza completes a three-volume look across her influential work and career. Empowering Memory and Movement looks back, but also assesses current challenges and potentialities on the global scene, and envisions an emancipatory future, with a critical and wise engagement with scripture and the interpretive tradition always at the center.