Reading List

A reading list pertaining to intersections of Modern Yoga & Feminism, categorized by academic field of study.




Alter, Joseph. Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Aurobindo, Sri. The Synthesis of Yoga. Silver Lake, WI: Lotus Press, 1990.

Behanan, Kovoor T. Yoga: A Scientific Evaluation. Whitefish, Montana: Kessinger Publishing, 2003.

Brown, Deena. American Yoga. 1st Evergreen ed. New York: Grove Press : Distributed by Random House, 1980.

Bryant, Edwin. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary. New York: North Point Press (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), 2009.

Byrne, Mark Singleton and Jean Marie, ed. Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Rigopoulos, Antonio, ED. Guru: The Spiritual Master in Eastern and Western Traditions–Authority and Charisma. Venice, Italy: Venetian Academy of Indian Studies, 2007.

Casey, John Thomas and Christopher Key Chapple. Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Collection of Views on Yoga. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003.

Chapple, Christopher Key. “Living Liberation in Samkhya and Yoga.” Living Liberation in Hindu Thought. Ed. Mumme, Andrew O. Fort and Patricia Y.1996.

—. Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2008.

Coward, Harold. Yoga and Psychology: Language, Memory, and Mysticism. Albany: State University of New York Press 2002.

Dasgupta, Surendranath. Hindu Mysticism: Six Lectures (Norman Wait Harris Foundation Lectures, 1926, Northwestern University). Bombay: Allied Publishers, n.d.

Dasgupta, S.N. . Yoga Philosophy in Relation to Other Systems of Indian Thought. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1930.

Deutsch, Eliot and Rohit Dalvi. The Essential Vedanta: A New Source Book of Advaita Vedanta. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.

Devi, Nischala Joy. The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.

Digambarji, Swami, Pitambar Jha and Shri Gyan Shankar Sahay, eds. Vasistha Samhita (Yoga Kanda). Poona, India: Kaivalyadhama S.M.Y.M. Samiti, 1984.

Eliade, Mircea. Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. Trans. Trask, Willard R. New York: Bollingen Foundation, 1958.

—. Patanjali and Yoga. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1969.

Emerson, David and Elizabeth Hopper. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books and Justice Resource Institute, 2011.

Feuerstein, Brenda. The Yoga-Sutra from a Woman’s Perspective. 2011.

Feuerstein, Georg. Wholeness or Transcendence?: Ancient Lessons for the Emerging Global Civilization. 2nd ed. Burdett, New York: Larson Publications/Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation, 1992. Print.

The Shambala Encyclopedia of YOGA. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997.

Flood, Gavin. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Forrest, Ana. Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit. New York: HarperOne, 2012.

Forsthoefel, Thomas and Cynthia Ann Hume. Gurus in America. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Fuller, J.F.C. Yoga: A Study of the Mystical Philosophy of the Brahmins and Buddhists. London: William Rider & Sons, Ltd., 1925.

Give Back Yoga Foundation. “Yoga Service Resource Guide.” Ed. Health, Kripalu Center for Yoga &. Boulder, CO.

Gannon, Sharon. Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment. San Rafael, CA: Mandala Publishing, 2008.

Ghose, Aurobindo. Karmayogin: Early Political Writings (Volume 2). Birth Centenary Library (30 Volumes). Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1972.

Goldberg, Philip. American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation– How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. New York: Harmony Books, 2010.

Greenfield, Robert. The Spiritual Supermarket. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1975.

Hamilton, Sue. Indian Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Harvey, Andrew and Karuna Erickson. Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2010.

Horton, Carol and Roseanne Harvey (eds.). 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. Chicago: Kleio Books, 2012.

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1988.

—. The Tree of Yoga. Boston: Shambala, 2002.

Johnsen, Linda. Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India. St. Paul: Yes International Publishers, 1994.

Keul. Istvan, Ed. ‘Yogini’ in South Asia: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy). New York: Routledge, 2013.

Khandelwal, Meena. Nuns, Yoginis, Saints and Singers: Women’s Renunciation in South Asia. Delhi, India: Zubaan Books, 2008.

Markandeya. Devi Mahatmyam: Glory of the Divine Mother, 700 Mantras on Sri Durga. Trans. Jagadiswarananda, Swami. Chennai, India: Sri Ramakrishna Math, n.d.

Michelis, Elizabeth De. A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism. New York: Continuum, 2005.

Mitchell, Stephen, Ed. “Bhagavad Gita.” New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Phillips, Stephen H. Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Radhakrishnan, Sarvapelli and Charles A. Moore. A Source Book in Indian Philosophy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Rama, Swami, Rudolph Ballentine, Allen Weinstock. Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness. Glenview, IL: Himalayan Institute, 1976.

Samuel, Geoffrey. The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Saraswati, Swami Muktananda (Margaret Crawley). Nawa Yogini Tantra (Yoga Practice for Females). Bihar, India: Bihar School of Yoga, 1977.

Schneider, Carrie. American Yoga: The Paths and Practices of America’s Great Yoga Masters. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2003.

Hamdasani, Sonu, ed. The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932 by C.G. Jung. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Sharan, Bishambar. The Gurukula System of Education in India & Its Application to Modern Times. Philadelphia: Penn Community Services, 1968.

Singleton, Mark. Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Strauss, Sarah. “The Master’s Narrative: Swami Sivananda and the Transnational Production of Yoga.” Journal of Folklore Research 39.2/3 (2002): 217-41.

—. Positioning Yoga: Balancing Acts across Cultures. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2005.

Syman, Stephanie. The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010.

Weiss, Richard. Recipes for Immortality: Medicine, Religion, and Community in South India. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

White, David Gordon. The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

—.Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in Its South Asian Contexts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

—. Sinister Yogis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Wilson, Angela M., Kate Marchesiello, and Sat Bir S. Khalsa. “Perceived Benefits of Kripalu Yoga Classes in Diverse and Underserved Populations.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy 18 (2008).



Anderson, Sheery Ruth and Patricia Hopkins. The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women. New York: Bantam, 1991.

Ashley-Farrand, Thomas. Shakti Mantras: Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.

Babb, Lawrence A. “Indigenous Feminism in a Modern Hindu Sect.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 9.3 (1984).

Basu, Amrita. “Feminism Inverted: The Real Woman and Gendered Imagery of Hindu Nationalism.” Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 25.4 (1993): 25-36.

Berger, Peter. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. Norwell, MA: Anchor, 1990.

Butler, Judith, Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Cornel West. The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Campbell, Colin. The Easternization of the West: A Thematic Account of Cultural Change in the Modern Era. The Yale Cultural Ecology Series. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2007.

Carter, Jeffrey. Understanding Religious Sacrifice: A Reader. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Cheah, Joseph. Race and Religion in American Buddhism: White Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Dawson, Andrew. “East Is East, Except When It’s West: The Easternization Thesis and the Western Habitus.” Journal of Religion & Society 8 (2006).

Eck, Diana. A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco: Harper Collins San Francisco, 2001.

Gross, Rita M. Feminism and Religion. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1996.

—. A Garland of Feminist Reflections: Forty Years of Religious Exploration. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Gross, Rita M. and Rosemary Radford Reuther. Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet: A Buddhist-Christian Perspective. New York, NY: Continuum, 2001.

Hiltebeitel, Alf and Kathleen M. Erndl (eds.). Is the Goddess a Feminist?: The Politics of South Asian Goddesses. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Iwamura, Jane. Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Juschka, Darlene. Feminism in the Study of Religion. New York: Continuum, 2001.

Klein, Anne Carolyn. Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of Self. Boston: Snow Lion (Shambala Publications), 2008.

Kramer, Joel and Diana Allstad. The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power. Berkeley, CA: Frog Books, 1993.

O’Flaherty, Doniger and Derrett, Eds. The Concept of Duty in South Asia. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, 1978.

Panikkar, Sardar K.M. Hinduism & the West: A Study in Challenge and Response. Chandigarh: Panjab University Publication Bureau, 1964.

Pechilis, Karen. The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Pintchman, Tracy. The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Shaw, Miranda. Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Sharma, Arvind. The Concept of Universal Religion in Modern Hindu Thought. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Timothy, Dallen J. and Daniel H. Olsen. Tourism, Religion, and Spiritual Journeys. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Urban, Hugh. “The Cult of Ecstasy: Tantrism, the New Age, and the Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism.” History of Religions 39.3 (2000): 268-304. Print.

—. Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Vohra, Ashok, Arvind Sharma, and Mrinal Miri, Eds. Dharma: The Categorical Imperative. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2005.

Wessinger, Catherine, ed. Women’s Leadership in Marginal Religions: Explorations Outside the Mainstream. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.



Anzaldua, Gloria. Borderlands – La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1987.

—. Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1990.

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Amy Richards. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000.

Birke, Lynda. Feminism and the Biological Body. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.

Bordo, Susan. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Butler, Judith. “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” Theatre Journal 40.4 (1988): 519-31.

—. Gender Trouble. Routledge Classics. New York: Routledge, 1990.

—. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”. New York: Routledge, 1993, 2011.

—. “Violence, Mourning, and Politics.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 4.1 (2003): 9-37.

Chunn, Dorothy E., Susan B. Boyd, and Hester Lessard. Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007.

The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era. New York: Touchstone, 2005.

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Routledge Classics. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Cvetkovich, Ann. An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures. Chapel Hill, NC 2003.

—. “Public Feelings.” South Atlantic Quarterly 106.3 (2007): 459-68.

de Beauvoir, Simone, Constance Borde (trans.) and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier (trans.). The Second Sex.

Denton, Lynn Teskey. Female Ascetics in Hinduism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.

Diamond, Irene. Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1990.

Dicker, Rory C. A History of U.S. Feminisms. (Seal Studies). Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2008.

Dominelli, Lena. Women and Community Action. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2006.

Duden, Barbara. The Woman beneath the Skin: A Doctor’s Patients in Eighteenth-Century Germany. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Echols, Alice. Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.

Eisler, Riane. The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2007.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Foster, Susan Leigh. Corporealities: Dancing Knowledge, Culture and Power. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Frankenberg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

—. Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001 (1964).

Gaard, Greta, ed. Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

Greer, Germaine. The Female Eunuch. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008.

Grosz, Elizabeth. “Contemporary Theories of Power and Subjectivity.” Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct. Ed. Gunew, Sneja Marina. New York: Routledge, 1990.

—. Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

—. Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2011.

Haraway, Donna. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York, NY: Routledge, 1990.

—. “A Game of Cat’s Cradle: Science Studies, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies.” Configurations 2.1 (1994): 59-71.

Hird, Myra J. Sex, Gender and Science. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

hooks, bell. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1981.

—. Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1989.

Hunter, Lynette. Critiques of Knowing: Situated Textualities in Science, Computing and the Arts. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Hunter, Lynette and Sarah Hutton, eds. Women, Science and Medicine 1500-1700. Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton Publishing, 1997.

Irigaray, Luce. Between East and West. European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

Jayawardena, Kumari. The White Women’s Other Burden: Western Women and South Asia During British Rule. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Lerner, Gerda. The Creation of Patriarchy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Mahon, Rianne and Fiona Robinson. Feminist Ethics and Social Policy: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.

Maine, Margo. Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 2000.

McMillen, Sally. Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement. (Pivotal Moments in American History). New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Minh-ha, Trinh T. When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, Gender and Cultural Politics. New York: Routledge, 1991.

—. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Moraga, Cherrie and Gloria Anzaldua (eds.). This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. New York. Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press 1984.

Ravenwing, Josie. The Return of Spirit: A Woman’s Call to Spiritual Action. Deerfield City, Florida: Health Communications, 1996.

Salih, Sara (ed) and Judith Butler. The Judith Butler Reader. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

Scarry, Elaine. The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Thompson, Charis. Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Tiwari, Maya. The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing. New York: Wellspring/Ballantine, 2000.

Vandermassen, Griet. Who’s Afraid of Charles Darwin: Debating Feminism and Evolutionary Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

Walby, Sylvia. The Future of Feminism. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2011.

Wittig, Monique. The Straight Mind: And Other Essays. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1992.

Wolf, Naomi. Fire with Fire: The New Female Power and How to Use It. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1993.

Wollstonecraft, Mary and Janet Todd (ed.). A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and a Vindication of the Rights of Men. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.



Adams, Maurianne, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Blackburn, Simon. Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Crampton, Jeremy W. and Stuart Elden. Space, Knowledge, and Power: Foucault and Geography. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2007.

Dass, Ram and Paul Gorman. How Can I Help?: Stories and Reflections on Service. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1985.

Derrida, Jacques. Writing and Difference. New York: Routledge, 1978.

—. Limited Inc. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988.

Duncombe, Stephen. Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy. New York: The New Press, 2006.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality. New York: Vintage/Random House, 1990.

Freire, Paolo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum (Bloomsbury Academic), 2000.

Freire, Paolo and Donald Macedo. Literacy: Reading the Word and the World. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger (ABC-CLIO), 1987.

Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, 1977.

Gildin, Hilail. Rousseau’s Social Contract: The Design of the Argument. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983. Print.

Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor, 1959.

Habermas, Jurgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Trans. Burger, Thomas. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1991 ed.

Harvey, Andrew. The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2009.

Heilbroner, Robert L. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Husserl, Edmund. “Pure Phenomenology, Its Method and Its Field of Investigation.” Inaugural Lecture 1917.

Jung, C.G. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Trans. Winston, Richard and Clara. Ed. Jaffe, Aniela. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1961.

—. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Vol.9 Part 1). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Kertzer, David I. Ritual, Politics, and Power. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Love, Maryann Cusimano. Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda. Florence, Kentucky: Cengage/Wadsworth, 2006.

Maslow, Abraham H. A Theory of Human Motivation. Eastford, CT: Martino Fine Books, 2013 (reprint 1943 article).

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Phenomenology of Perception. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Mowitt, John. Percussion: Drumming, Beating, Striking. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.

Oliver, Kelly. The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Theory of Oppression. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.

Rabinow, Paul (ed). The Foucault Reader. New York: Vintage Books/Random House, 2010.

Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969, 1995 reprint.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. A Dissertation on the Origin and Foundation of the Inequality of Mankind.

Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon, 1978.

Simon, Julia. Beyond Contractual Morality: Ethics, Law, and Literature in 18th Century France. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2000.

Shepard, Benjamin and Ronald Hayduk, Eds. From Act Up to The WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization. New York: Verso, 2002.

Taylor, Diana. The Archive and the Repertoire. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Turner, Victor. From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play. New York: PAJ Publications, 1982.

Warner, Michael. Publics and Counterpublics. New York: Zone Books, 2002.



Auslander, Philip. Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Austin, J.L. . How to Do Things with Words: Second Edition (William James Lectures). Ed. J.O. Urmson, Marina Sbisa. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Case, Sue-Ellen. Feminism and Theatre. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1988. Print.

—. “Feminism and Performance: A Post-Disciplinary Couple.” Theatre Research International 26.2 (2001): 145-52.

Diamond, Elin. Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theater. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Krasner, David and David Z. Saltz, Eds. Staging Philosophy: Intersections of Theater, Performance, and Philosophy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Phelan, Peggy. Unmarked: The Politics of Performance. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Schechner, Richard. Between Theater and Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985.

Worthen, W.B. “Drama, Performativity, and Performance.” PMLA 113.5 (1998).

Zarrilli, Phillip B. “Toward a Phenomenological Model of the Actor’s Embodied Modes of Experience.” Theatre Journal 56.4 (2004): 653-66.


Recommended, Recently Published and Books Under Review

Dinsmore-Tuli, Uma. Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra. London: Yogawords, Ltd, 2014.

Extensive Bibliography on pre- and modern yoga by S. Newcombe here (British researcher of Yoga and Ayurveda).

Brochure from Govt of India (2015) – Beautiful design, overview of Yoga in 23 pages. Nice promotional document in pdf format.

Jain, Andrea. Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Radin, Dean. Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities. Deepak Chopra Publishing, 2013.

Stone, Michael. Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teaching on Ethics and Social Action. Boston: Shambala, 2009.

Williamson, Lola. Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion. New York: New York Press, 2010.

Wilson, Jeff. Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.


2 thoughts on “Reading List

  1. I love your interest areas as I share them and am quite happy to find someone else at these very interesting intersections. However, I have to say, upon first review, I find our definitions of feminism are very different and that I have come up with the very opposite interpretation from you regarding yoga’s ability to boost feminist consciousness. In fact, I think (well, I know) that yoga is as patriarchal as Judeo-Christianity — Edwin Bryant also conceded the similarities between the two systems, both patriarchal in a talk a couple of years back at Iyengar Yoga in New York City. Yoga has not been reworked into an acceptable feminist ideology for the purposes of boosting feminist consciousness in my opinion, and it is something I completely struggle with in being a female practicing yoga. Most yoga books remain written in male gender exclusive language; men are still at the leadership of this field despite their smaller numbers in terms of practitioners, etc. Women remain focused on body concerns without recognition of the entire person in woman. Etc…

    You have now inspired me to get to work on a rebuttal of sorts. Thank you. I will however read your book with interest and hope that our divergent viewpoint will nonetheless arrive at higher feminist consciousness.

    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Jayne,
      Om Shantih Blessed Yogini. Thanks so much for your note.
      My definition of feminism is pretty textbook and straightforward–historically-based 1st, 2nd, 3rd wave stuff–
      and I theorize the emerging 4th wave feminism as a matter of course in my theory work, so it’s unclear exactly where I offended you.
      That would need to be delineated for me to properly respond to that aspect of your comment.

      There is much in Modern Yoga which is indeed hyper-sexualized, objectifying and patriarchal.
      I recently hosted a panel at American Academy of Religion and there was a multitude of discussion about this.

      What I attempt to do in my book is demonstrate the new push back on these historical tendencies,
      discussing Yoga on many levels–texts, history, and women practicing today.

      There’s a full range of thinking about feminism and yoga happening now,
      so I do hope you will contribute to this growing conversation!
      Look fwd to more.
      Amy C.

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