A highly original work in history and theory, this survey considers major themes including identity, class and sexual difference, and weaves them into debates on the nature and point of history. Sceptical History arrives at new ways of doing history that consider non-Western history and feminist approaches. Using a wide range of historical and cultural contexts, the study draws extensively on feminist scholarship, both feminist history and postcolonial feminism.
Table of Contents
Preliminaries 1. History, Postmodern Critique and Alternative Visions 2. Reinventing the Wheel: Presenting the Past 3. Negotiating ‘Difference’ 4. The ‘Positioned’ Subject 5. Reflections. Notes. Bibliography
Hélène Bowen Raddeker is Senior Lecturer in the School of History, University of New South Wales, Sydney. The author of Treacherous Women of Imperial Japan (Routledge, 1997), she has published in Asian Studies and Feminist Studies and other journals in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A.
"Raddeker (Univ. of New South Wales) displays admirable effort in writting this book, which expounds new theories pertinent to historical research (postmodernism, postcolonialism, and feminism) with concrete case studies sampled from working historians. ... Her samples are inevitable selective, yet intentionally global/cross-cultural, suggesting a wide range of reading. And they are mostly effective in illustrating her points. ..." -- CHOICE April 2008 Vol. 45 (Q.E. Wang, Rowarn University)