Decolonising Gender

Literature and a Poetics of the Real

By Caroline Rooney

© 2007 – Routledge

246 pages

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About the Book

Through examination of the functions of language and cross-cultural readings of literature – from African queer reading to postcolonial Shakespeare – Rooney explores the nature of the real, providing:

  • a way out of some of the current deadlocks of feminist theory
  • an anti-essentialist approach to gender in which both male and female readers may address a consciousness of the feminine
  • a platform for postcolonial and postmodernist thinkers to engage in a dialogue around the status of the performative in regard to the other
  • a new theory of poetic realism in both canonical and postcolonial literatures
  • a re-reading of the Enlightenment legacy in terms of postcolonial liberation theory
  • a comparison of contemporary debates on the real across the humanities and the sciences.

Exploring current ideas of performativity in literature and language, and negotiating a path between feminist theory’s common pitfalls of essentialism and constructivism, Caroline Rooney argues convincingly that by rethinking our understanding of gender we might also equip ourselves to resist racism and totalitarianism more effectively.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. From Monstrosity and Techno-Performativity to Sumud 2. What is Enlightenment? What is Enlightenment? What is Enlightenment? 3. Radiance or Brilliance 4. The Other of the Confession: The Philosophical Type 5. The Other of the Confession: Women of Zimbabwe 6. Shakespeare the Shaman 7. Sisters of Marx: A Conclusion

About the Author

Caroline Rooney is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research at the University of Kent. She is the author of African Literature, Animism and Politics (Routledge, 2000) and, with Vera Dieterich, of Book Unbinding: The Ontological Stain (Artworlds Press, 2005).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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