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Women and/in Literature


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


The term “Women and/in Literature” refers to the following: women as participants in literature as personae, consumers, and producers; the function of women as political and/or philosophical categories in literature; comparative examinations of women-centered writing (theoretical, critical, and creative) over a range of temporal, geographic, and cultural zones. These varying and overlapping interpretations concerning the representation, ontology, and reception of women in postcolonial literature influence interpretations of this field. Although the term continues to be somewhat ambiguous and imprecise, “Women and/in Literature” comprises a crucial field of study, emphasizing postcolonial commonality and gender community while simultaneously asserting that the correspondences and similarities of the postcolonial world do not automatically indicate continuity and homogeneity of experience, oppression, or opportunity. Therefore, the term “Women and/in Literature” continues to be more historically complicated and geographically fluid than the simplistic temporal suffix (“post”) and the essentialist categories (of “women” and “colonial”) suggest. The simplest way to approach the topic is to think of it as occupying an intersection of postcolonial and feminist discourse while offering diverse ideologies ranging from feminist approaches to reiterations of patriarchal structures and parochial ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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