Woman, native, other: Writing postcoloniality and feminism

Trinh T. Minh-ha | Woman, native, other: Writing postcoloniality and feminism

“Woman, Native, Other is located at the juncture of a number of different fields and disciplines, and it genuinely succeeds in pushing the boundaries of these disciplines further. It is one of the very few theoretical attempts to grapple with the writings of women of color.”—Chandra Talpade Mohanty

In this first full-length study of Post-Feminism, Trinh Minh-ha examines post-colonial processes of displacement—cultural hybridization and decentered realities, fragmented selves and multiple identities, marginal voices and languages of rupture. Working at the intersection of several fields— women’s studies, anthropology, critical cultural studies, literary criticism, and feminist theory, she juxtaposes numerous prevailing contemporary discourses in a form that questions the (male-is-norm) literary and theoretical establishment. She incorporates the poetic in the analytic and stays away from the oíd way of theorizing through systematic dissection, combination, and recapitulation. Trinh discusses questions of language and writing-in relation to the notions of ethnicity and femininity; of identity, authenticity, and difference; of commitment as to the function and role of the woman writer; and of storytelling as one of the oldest forms of building historical consciousness and as a continuing setting into motion of a feminist problematic in the context of a female living tradition.

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