Representation and Resistance: South Asian and African Women's Texts at Home and in the Diaspora

Representation and Resistance: South Asian and African Women's Texts at Home and in the Diaspora

By Jaspal Kaur Singh
Book Description

Representation and Resistance: South Asian and African Women's Texts at Home and in the Diaspora compares colonial and national constructions of gender identity in Western-educated African and South Asian women's texts. Jaspal Kaur Singh argues that, while some writers conceptualize women's equality in terms of educational and professional opportunity, sexual liberation, and individualism, others recognize the limitations of a paradigm of liberation that focuses only on individual freedom. Certain diasporic artists and writers assert that transformation of gender identity construction occurs, but only in transnational cultural spaces of the first world-spaces which have emerged in an era of rampant globalization and market liberalism. In particular, Singh advocates the inclusion of texts from women of different classes, religions, and castes, both in the Global North and in the South.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1: Postcolonial Women Writers and Their Cultural Productions
  • 2: Dominant Epistemologies and Alternative Readings: Gender and Globalization
  • 3: The Indian Diasopra and Cultural Alienation in Bharati Mukherjee’s Texts
  • 4: Postcoloniality and Indian Female Sexuality in Aparna Sen’s Film Parama
  • 5: Educational Debates and the Postcolonial Female Imagination in Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter
  • 6: The Diasporic Search for Cultural Belonging in Myriam Warner-Vieyra’s Juletane
  • 7: Maddening Inscriptions and Contradictory Subjectivities in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Ner˘ous Conditions
  • 8: Globalism and Transnationalism: Cultural Politics in the Texts of Mira Nair, Gurinder Chadha, Agnes Sam, and Farida Karodia
  • 9: Queering Diaspora in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night, Nisha Ganatra’s Chutney Popcorn, and Deepa Mehta’s Fire
  • 10: Transnationalism and the Politics of Representation in the Texts of Meena Alexander, Gurinder Chadha, Zainab Ali, and Samina Ali
  • Conclusion: The Politics of Location and Postcolonial/Transnational Feminst Critical Practices
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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