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Women and gender studies: Art, film, music

This page is contains a brief guide to reference sources for women & gender studies concentrating on bibliographies, biographies and other finding aids for the topic Women and the Arts held by the British Library. There is also a list of external websites that covers the same topic.

 Much more relevant material will also be found in our online catalogues. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access.


Women & The Arts (Music / Film / Art Etc)

Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane. Dictionary of women in religious art. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998
Bachmann, Donna G. (et al.) Women artists, an historical, contemporary and feminist bibliography. Metuchen; London: Scarecrow, 1978.
Baile de Laperriere, Charles. (ed.) The society of women artists exhibitors, 1855-1996, a dictionary of artists and their works in the annual exhibitions of the society of women artists.
Vol.1 compiled by Joanna Soden, foreword by Princess Michael of Kent, introduction by Barbara Tate
Calne: Hilmarton Manor Press, 1996
*Baker, M. Joyce. Images of women in film, the war years, 1941-1945. (Studies in American history and culture, no. 21) Ann Arbor: UMI Press,1980.
Block, Adrienne Fried and Carol Neuls-Bates. Women in American music, a bibliography of music and literature. Westport, Conn., London:Greenwood Press, 1979
*Brown, Pamela Allen, Peter Parolin. Women players in England, 1500-1660 Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005
Champagne, Lenora. (ed.) Out from under, texts by women performance artists. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990.
Christensen, Karen, Allen Guttmann & Gertrud Pfister (eds).International encyclopedia of women and sports. New York, London: Macmillan reference USA, 2001
*Chiarmonte, Paula. Women artists in the United States, a selective bibliography and resource guide on the fine and decorative arts, 1750-1986.
Boston, MA. G.K.Hall 1990
Q  704 (Document Supply Shelfmark, RR)
Claghorn, Charles Eugene. Women composers and hymnists, a concise bibliographical dictionary. Metuchen, London: Scarecrow, 1984.
*Clement, Catherine. Opera, or, The undoing of women.Translated by Betsy Wing.
London:Tauris, 1997
YK. 1997.b.3363
Dunford, Penny. A biographical dictionary of women artists in Europe and America since 1850. New York, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf,1990.
*Ericson, Margaret D.; Donelian, Margaret. Women and music, a selective annotated bibliography on women and gender issues in music, 1987-1992.
New York, London: G.K. Hall & Co. 1996
Frasier, Jane. (ed.) Women composers, a discography. (Detroit studies in music bibliography, number 50.) Detroit: Information Co-ordinators, 1983
*Fuller, Sophie. The Pandora guide to women composers, Britain and the United States 1629- present.
London: Pandora, 1994
YC. 1995.b.1592
Gaar, Gillian. She's a rebel, the history of women in rock and roll, preface by Yoko Ono.
London: Blandford,1993.
Gaze, Delia. Dictionary of women artists. Vol. 1, Introductory surveys; artists, A-I, Vol. 2, Artists, J-Z. Picture editors, Maja Mihajlovic and Leander Shrimpton. Chicago; London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers,1997.
Giglio, Virginia. Southern Cheyenne women's songs, with a foreword by David P. McAllester. Includes 36 songs, bibliographical references, folksongs and criticism.
Norman; London: University of Oklahoma Press,1994.
Gourse, Leslie. Madame jazz, contemporary women instrumentalists. New York, Oxford University Press, 1995
Gray, S. The dictionary of women artists. Cambridge :Lutterworth Press, 2009
Greenfield, Mark. Dinah Shore, an exploratory discography.Women singers, Part 1. London: MG and TM, 1980
Grosenick, Uta. Women artists in the 20th and 21st century. London: Taschen,2001
Handy, D. Antoinette. Black women in American bands and orchestras. Includes index. Metuchen: London: Scarecrow, 1981.
HUS789. 300820899607
Hillstrom, L.C. and Hillstrom, K.(eds) Contemporary women artists. Detroit: St. James Press,1999
Jackson, Barbara Garvey. Say can you deny me, a guide to surviving music by women from the 16th to 18th centuries. Fayetteville, AR. University of Arkansas, 1994.
Jenkins, Walter S.  The remarkable Mrs Beach, a biographical account based on her diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and personal reminiscences.
Warren, Michigan: Harmonie Park Press, 1997
MUS789. BEA.
Juno, Andrea & Vale, V. (eds.) Angry women, interviews with: Kathy Acker; Susie Bright; Wanda Coleman; Valie Export; Karen Finlay; Diamanda Gai:as; Bell Hooks; Holly Hughes; Lydia Lunch; Kerr & Malley; Linda Montano; Avital Ronell: Sapphire; Carolee Schneemann; Annie Sprinkle. San Francisco; London: RE/Search Publications, 1991.
Kirkham, Pat. Women designers in the USA, 1900-2000, diversity and difference. Held at the Bard graduate center for studies in the decorative arts, design and culture, 15th November, 2000- 25th February, 2001.
New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 2000
Laird, Ross. Moanin' low, a discography of female popular vocal recordings, 1920-1933.
Westport, Conn: London: Greenwood , 1996.
*LaMay, Thomasin. Musical voices of early modern women: many headed melodies Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005
YC. 2006.a.14454.
Leder, Jan. (compiler). Women in Jazz, a discography of instrumentalists, 1913-1968.
Westport, Conn: London: Greenwood , 1985.
Little Coyote, Bertha. Leaving everything behind, the songs and memories of a Cheyenne woman. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997
Mellers, Wilfrid. Angels of the night, popular female singers of our time. Oxford: Blackwell, 1986.
*Millar, Melanie Stewart. Cracking the gender code: who rules the wired world. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998
Document Supply shelfmark 99/11417
*Mitchell, Caroline. Women and radio. London, New York:Routledge, 2001
Document Supply Shelfmark m01/16301
O'Brien, Lucy. She bop, the definitive history of women in rock, pop and soul.
London: Penguin, 1995
Petteys, Chris. Dictionary of women artists, an international dictionary of women artists born before 1900. Boston: G.K.Hall, 1985.
Placksin, Sally. American women in jazz, 1990 to the present; their words, lives and music. New York: Wideview, 1982.
Reich, Nancy B. Clara Schumann: the artist and the woman London: Gollancz, 1985
HUS 780.92
*Rosenblum, Naomi. A history of women photographers, a comprehensive history of women's photography from around the world from the mid-1800s to the present. Paris, London: Abbeville Press, 1994.
Sadie, Julie Anne, & Samuel, Rhian. (eds.) The new Grove dictionary of women composers. London: Macmillan, 1994.
*Schirmer, Lothar (ed.) Women seeing women:  a pictorial history of women's photography from Julia Cameron to Inez van Lamsweerde. Munich: Schirmer; London: Schirmer Art, 2002.
Selk, Len. A bio-discography.Women singers. Riverdale: Len Selk and Gus Kuhlman, 1997
Sloan, Jane. Reel Women, an international directory of contemporary feature films about women. Lanham, Maryland; Toronto; Plymouth, UK, 2007
Steward,Sue.[et al] Signed, sealed and delivered, the true life stories of women in pop.
London: Pluto, 1984.
*Tick, Judith. American women composers before 1870. This book is the first study of American women composers and attitudes towards female musicians before 1870. Epping: Bowker Publishing Company, 1983. (Studies in Musicology, No.57)
*Tick, Judith & Bowers, Jane. Women making music, the Western art tradition,1150-1950.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.
Valenti, Mary Jo. My sister's song, women's records. Milwaukee, Wi.: Women's Soul Publishing, 1975.
Women filmmakers and their films, with introductory essays by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Katrien Jacobs. Detroit, London: St. James Press, 1998
Scribbling women: The resource provides access to a collection of audio dramatizations of plays and stories by leading American women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Women in British romantic theatre Sources cover 1700s- to date
Women in cinema: A reference guide, which includes bibliographies, anthologies and collections, biographical sources, reviews, filmographies and electronic sources.

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