The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The afterlives of indexes

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2019), 37, (2), 185–190.


Nicola King examines the work of two feminist researchers who use entries in book indexes as an indicator of the importance of women in texts. She finds some issues with their approach and ponders the broader implications of using indexes in this way.

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King, Nicola