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Feminist Postcolonial Theory

A Reader

Edited by Reina Lewis, Sara Mills

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The influential readings collected for this volume reflect not just the textual and discursive nature of colonial and postcolonial discourse in relation to gender, but also the material effects of the postcolonial condition and practices developed in relation to it.

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Section 1: Gendering Colonialism and Postcolonialism/Radicalising Feminism
1.1 Audre Lorde: 'The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House'
1.2 Adrienne Rich: 'Notes Towards a Politics of Location'
1.3 Gita Sahgal and Nira Yuval-Davis: 'The Uses of Fundamentalism'
1.4 Chandra Talpade Mohanty: 'Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses'
1.5 Chela Sandoval: 'US Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World'
Section 2: Rethinking Whiteness
2.1 Vron Ware: 'To Make the Facts Known: Racial Terror and the Construction of White Femininity'
2.2 Natalie Zemon Davis: 'Iroquois Women, European Women'
2.3 Jane Haggis: 'White Women and Colonialism: Towards a Non-Recuperative History'
2.4 Ien Ang: 'I'm a Feminist but… :'Other' Women and Postnational Feminism'
2.5 bell hooks: 'The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators'
2.6 Hazel V. Carby: 'On the Threshold of Women's Era: Lynching, Empire and Sexuality in Black Feminist Theory'
Section 3: Redefining The 'Third World' Subject
3.1 Ania Loomba: 'Dead Women Tell No tales: Issues of Female Subjectivity, Subaltern Agency and Tradition in Colonial and Post-colonial Writings on Widow Immolation in India'
3.2 Deniz Kandiyoti: 'End of Empire: Islam, Nationalism and Women in Turkey'
3.3 Kirin Narayan: 'How Native is a 'Native' Anthropologist?'
3.4 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: 'Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism'
3.5 Rey Chow: 'Where Have all the Natives Gone?'
Section 4: Sexuality and Sexual Rights
4.1 Angela Davis: 'Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights'
4.2 Françoise Lionnet: 'Feminisms and Universalisms: 'Universal Rights' and the Legal Debate Around the Practice of Female Excision in France'
4.3 Aihwa Ong: 'State Versus Islam: Malay Families, Women's Bodies and the Body Politic in Malaysia'
4.4 Alison Murray: 'Debt-Bondage and Trafficking: Don't Believe the Hype'
4.5 Mrinalini Sinha: 'Reconfiguring Hierarchies: The Ilbert Bill Controversy, 1883-84'
4.6 Joseph A. Boone: 'Vacation Cruises
or, The Homoerotics of Orientalism'
Section 5: Harem and the Veil
5.1 Fatima Mernissi: 'The Meaning of Spatial Boundaries'
5.2 Sarah Graham-Brown: 'The Seen, the Unseen and the Imagined: Private and Public Lives'
5.3 Reina Lewis: 'On Veiling, Vision and Voyage: Cross-cultural Dressing and Narratives of Identity'
5.4 Meyda Ye.

About the Author

Reina Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London. She is author of Gendering Orientalism: Race, Representation and Femininity (Routledge 1996) and co-editor, with Peter Horne, of Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures (1996).

Sara Mills is author of books on feminism and postcolonialism and also on feminist linguistics and text analysis, including Discourses of Difference: Women’s Travel Writing and Colonialism (1991) and Feminist Stylistics (1997).


This wonderful reader consists of interesting, important and useful material on feminism and postcolonialism, bringing together some of the most influential writings in gender and postcolonial theory from the 1980s and 1990s.
- Johanna Kantola
This is a wonderful compilation of highly interesting and useful material, exactly what one would expect from such experienced scholars in the field.
- Professor Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia