If the shoe fits
Appropriating identity?
in Writing otherwise
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Brenda Cooper – like other contributors to this book a trans-continental traveller – writes about her current, displaced, view of her place of origin (South Africa), her long-term academic concerns (African diasporic writing) and, most of all, her revised understanding of herself and her own family history. Through the art works of Maud Sulter and Lubaina Himid, she finds herself able to think differently both about her relationship to African culture and about her own identity as a Jewish woman of Eastern European descent. A visual link between a Sulter photograph and a family snapshot provides the opportunity to explore this connection.

Writing otherwise

Experiments in cultural criticism

Editors: Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff


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