Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective

By Anna Ball

© 2013 – Routledge

224 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-08-08
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About the Book

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

About the Author

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

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART057000
ART / Film & Video
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT003000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
LIT004220
LITERARY CRITICISM / Middle Eastern