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Gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation

Why is the nation in a post-colonial world so often seen as a motherland? This study explores the relationship between gender icons and foundational fictions of the nation in different post-colonial spaces. The author's work on the intersections between independence, nationalism and gender has already proved canonical in the field. This book combines her keynote essays on the mother figure and the post-colonial nation with new work on male autobiography, ‘daughter’ writers, the colonial body, the trauma of the post-colony and the nation in a transnational context. Focusing on Africa as well as South Asia, and sexuality as well as gender, the author offers close readings of writers ranging from Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri and Nelson Mandela to Arundhati Roy and Yvonne Vera, shaping these into a critical engagement with theorists of the nation such as Fredric Jameson and Partha Chatterjee. Moving beyond cynical deconstructions of the post-colony, the book mounts a reassessment of the post-colonial nation as a site of potential empowerment, as a ‘paradoxical refuge’ in a globalised world. It acts on its own impassioned argument that post-colonial and nation-state studies address substantively issues hitherto raised chiefly within international feminism.

John McLeod

Feminism’ (which she describes as the aggregation of feminist thinking from England, France, West Germany, Italy and Latin America), she records how as a younger woman she laboured under a particular assumption when applying International Feminism to ‘Third World’ women. ‘When one attempted to think of so-called Third World women in a broader scope’, she remarks, ‘one found oneself caught, as my Sudanese colleague was caught and held by Structural Functionalism, in a web of information retrieval inspired at best by: What can I do for them?’ (pp. 134–5). Spivak is

in Beginning postcolonialism (second edition)
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Debatable lands and passable boundaries
Aileen Christianson

different campaigning needs meant that some of us developed a specifically Scottish perspective to feminism. International feminism often means a homogenising in the direction of the imperial centres; for example, Anglocentric for Scottish feminists, and US-centric for Canadian feminists. The 1980s were a time of political constriction after the Tory victory under Thatcher in 1979, but for feminism in Scot- Norquay_05_Ch4 78 22/3/02, 9:53 am 79 Debatable lands and passable boundaries land they were also a time of consolidation and advance; rape in marriage was

in Across the margins
Feminine and feminist educators and thresholds of Indian female interaction, 1870–1932
Tim Allender

M. W. Tusan, ‘Writing Stri Dharma: International Feminism, National Politics, and Women’s Press Advocacy in Late Colonial India’, Women’s History Review , 12:4 (2003), 623. 14 M. W. Tusan, ‘Writing Stri Dharma: International Feminism, National Politics, and Women’s Press Advocacy in Late

in Learning femininity in colonial India, 1820–1932
Jack Holland

, brought face to face with Putin’s fictional counterpart. They insisted that the Russian president was ‘not afraid of anyone, except gays’. House of Cards effectively gave the group the platform they had been denied in Russia. The symbolic accosting of Putin, for some, was nothing less than ‘the radical potential’ of the infiltration of popular culture, where ‘international feminism and binge TV’ had merged ‘in a single creative project’. 65 For others, however, despite the good intentions, the show served to further elevate Putin’s Russia. Cristian Nitolu has argued

in Fictional television and American Politics
Catherine Spencer

raising visibility, risks homogenisation. For Fajardo-Hill, such exhibitions were ‘formulated under the banner of international feminism, without clarifying the difference between a feminist framework and actual feminist art. In fact, most of the Latin American women artists shown in these exhibitions do not consider their work to be feminist.’ Cecilia Fajardo-Hill , ‘ The Invisibility of Latin American Women Artists: Problematizing Art Historical and Curatorial Practices ’, in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 , ed. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea

in Beyond the Happening
Hilary Charlesworth
Christine Chinkin

instead of inclusive’. Ibid. at 96. 166 R. Braidotti, ‘The exile, the nomad, and the migrant: reflections on international feminism’, 15 Women’s Studies International Forum (1992) 7 at 10. 167 I. Gunning, ‘Arrogant perception

in The boundaries of international law
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Hilary Charlesworth
Christine Chinkin

can often seem naive and unpragmatic, but its power relies on a deep faith in justice and rightness. 70 Rights discourse also offers a focus for international feminism that can translate into action if responses to women’s claims are inadequate. It affirms ‘a community dedicated to invigorating words with a power to restrain, so that even the powerless can appeal to those words’. 71 At the same time

in The boundaries of international law