1st Edition

Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film

ISBN 9780815321293
Published November 1, 1996 by Routledge
292 Pages

USD $210.00

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Book Description

The editors are committed to destroying perceptions and stereotypes of third world women as passive victims who need to be "liberated" by Western feminists. The essays address cases in which women have challenged and resisted the political formations-nationalist struggles, revolutions, religious fundamentalist practices, and authoritarian regimes-that shape their daily lives. Each critic presents a close reading of the circumstances under which the feminist writers and film-makers.

Table of Contents

The Intervening Configuration: Gender and Feminist Practice: National Identities, Tradition, and Feminism: The Novels of Ama Ata Aidoo Read in the Context of the Works of Kwame Nkrumah, Nationalism and Feminism in the Writings of Santa Devi and Sita Devi, Mother-Country and Fatherland: Re-Membering the Nation in Sara Suleri's Meatless Days, Race, Gender, and the Caribbean Narrative of Revolution, The Transformation of Nation and Womanhood: Revisionist Mythmaking in the Poetry of Nicaragua's Gioconda Belli, The Censored Argentine Text: Griselda Gambaro's Ganarse la Muerte and Reina Roffe's, Transgressions: Female Desire and Postcolonial Identity in Contemporary Indian Women’s Cinema, The Intervening Discourse: Problematizing Transnational Feminist Dialogues: Feminist Critiques of Nationalism and Communalism from Bangladesh and India: A Transnational Reading, Of Tortillas and Texts: Postcolonial Dialogues in the Latin American Testimonial, Writing the Difference: Feminists’ Invention of the "Arab Woman", Third World Women's Cinema: If the Subaltern Speaks, Will We Listen?, From Third World Politics to First World Practices: Contemporary Latina Writers in the United States

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Brinda Bose. Bishnupriya Ghosh is Professor of English and affiliated faculty in the departments of Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel.


"The volume is a significant addition to the powerful body of work on Third World feminist theory and textual practice. The large number of essays on South Asia and Latin America offer a comparative scope hitherto unavailable in a single volume." -- Women:A Cultural Review