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1st Edition

Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective

ISBN 9781138109537
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective is the first sustained study of gender-consciousness in the Palestinian creative imagination. Drawing on concepts from postcolonial feminist theory, Ball analyses a range of literary and filmic works by major creative practitioners including Michel Khleifi , Liana Badr, Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman, Mona Hatoum and Suheir Hammad, and reveals a hitherto unrecognized trajectory in gender-consciousness under development in the Palestinian imagination from the start of the twentieth century. The book explores how these works resonate with questions of power, identity, nation, resistance, and self-representation in the Palestinian imagination more broadly, and asks how these gender-conscious narratives transform our understanding of Palestine's struggle for postcoloniality. Working at the cusp of postcolonial, feminist and cultural enquiry, Ball seeks to open up vital new directions in the interdisciplinary study of Palestine.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Permission to Re-Narrate  1. En-Gendering Palestine: Narratives of Desire and Dis-Orientation  2. Women Writing Resistance: Between Nationalism and Feminism  3. Masculinity in Crisis: From Patriarchy to (Post)Colonial Performativity  4. Bodies Beyond Boundaries? Transitional Spaces and Liminal Selves  5. Imagining the Transnational Feminist Community  Conclusion: Postcolonial Feminist Futures

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Anna Ball is a Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies in the English Department and Centre for Postcolonial and Global Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK.