Drawing upon Palestine’s rich and under-explored body of contemporary creative expression, this work reveals the potential of postcolonial feminist analysis to move the debate on Palestine forward, beyond the restrictive political polemics that have so often limited work on the subject. Ball accomplishes this by turning to the alternative narratives of gendered body politics that surface in Palestinian literature and film, which serve to disrupt the official rhetoric of nationhood and to reveal the complex geographies of power and identification that circulate around bodies in the Palestinian imagination. This book therefore shifts postcolonial analysis of Palestine away from the anonymity of the body politic and towards the more intimate politics of gendered bodies. In doing so, it enacts the potential for nuanced, humanistic, and multiple critique that characterizes contemporary postcolonial studies at its best, while offering a fresh and surprising insight into the complex politics of identity and selfhood within this frequently misrepresented nation. This work will have a significant impact on the postcolonial, feminist and cultural study of Palestine.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Foreign Bodies: En-Gendering ‘the Orient’ in Palestinian Cultural Consciousness 2. Rebellious Motherlands: Mapping Spaces of Oppression and Resistance 3. At the Margins of Masculinity: Re-Imagining the Fraternal Community 4. Bodies Beyond Boundaries? Queering and Connecting in the Borderlands 5. Transnational Body Politics: En-Gendering New Belongings in the Diasporic Imagination Epilogue: Towards a Post-Saidian Palestine Bibliography / Filmography Index