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Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book takes up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial market, and the gendering of nationalism within the zones of imperial and anti-imperial power.
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McClintock English, Columbia Univ. interprets 19th-century British imperialism as the focal point for that era's major "disclosures," including feminism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. She describes Victorian urban spaceincluding advertisingas being oriented to exhibit imperial spectacle based on racism and sexism. In turn, the colonies become stages for exhibiting a reinvented patriarchy, with Westerners symbolizing power and indigenous peoples a subdued domesticity. The text is an exercise in demonstrating preconceptions. While some of McClintock's evidence is original, the argument as a whole is conventional bien-pensant wisdom unlikely to convince anyone not already committed to the thesis. The presentation is further burdened by its reliance on the clichs and jargon of feminism, deconstructionism, and other currently fashionable academic ideologies. Imperialism was at once a simpler and a more complex phenomenon than McClintock's perspective allows. For large academic collections only.D.E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415908900
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Postcolonialism and the Angel of Progress 1
1 Empire of the Home 18
1 The Lay of the Land: Genealogies of Imperialism 21
2 "Massa" and Maids: Power and Desire in the Imperial Metropolis 75
3 Imperial Leather: Race, Cross-dressing and the Cult of Domesticity 132
4 Psychoanalysis, Race and Female Fetishism 181
2 Double Crossings 204
5 Soft-Soaping Empire: Commodity Racism and Imperial Advertising 207
6 The White Family of Man: Colonial Discourse and the Reinvention of Patriarchy 232
7 Oliver Schreiner: The Limits of Colonial Feminism 258
3 Dismantling the Master's House 296
8 The Scandal of Hybridity: Black Women's Resistance and Narrative Ambiguity 299
9 "Azikwelwa" We Will Not Ride: Cultural Resistance in the Desperate Decades 329
10 No Longer in a Future Heaven: Nationalism, Gender and Race 352
Postscript: The Angel of Progress 391
Notes 397
List of Illustrations 434
Index 440
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