Texts and Annotations from 1977 to 2013


Companion Text Feminism Shared space

Publication Types

Article Book Book chapter Essay

Andrea Fraser
Kathy Acker
Louise Lawler
Rosalind Epstein Krauss
Rosalind Epstein Krauss
Rosalyn Deutsche

Selected Bibliography


Published on 5 January 2023 by
Women Writing Architecture

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