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Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

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..". methodologically innovative... precise and perceptive andconscious... " -- Text and Performance Quarterly

"Woman, Native, Other is located at the juncture of a number of different fields anddisciplines, and it genuinely succeeds in pushing the boundaries of thesedisciplines further. It is one of the very few theoretical attempts to grapple withthe writings of women of

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Indiana University Press (first published June 1989)
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Oct 06, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read the first chapter for one of my classes: when it was time to discuss it in said class only one snide comment of "how am I supposed to get her point if I can't understand her writing" was needed to awaken a crowd of angry classmates with knives drawn, hungry for blood. I was taken completely aback—out of all possible critiques this is one I quite frankly hadn't expected, this is grad school, for heaven's sake!—and finally, admittedly feebly, offered up the remark that within the conte ...more
Beautifully written. It took me a little while to get the hang of her writing style, but once I did, I truly appreciated her creative and unique prose.
Kajsa Byne
May 12, 2011 Kajsa Byne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owns, english
I have no words.
Ayanna Dozier
Dec 09, 2015 Ayanna Dozier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trinh T. Minh-ha's writing is an embodied practice that is to say Min-ha writes from her specific standpoint position in society. Minh-ha argues that feminism needs to make room for cultural, racial, national, and gender differences. She, like many "intersectional" feminists, believes that carrying the "sign" of woman should not be used as a universal "sameness." Minh-ha contends that differences amongst individuals who identify feminists must make room to speak out against hegemonic power relat ...more
Anthony Moll
Oct 11, 2014 Anthony Moll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most important books I've ever read.
Dec 29, 2015 Naz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way in which Minh-ha composes is now a demonstration of Derridean deconstruction in which she obscures the limits between so-called scholarly and abstract written work styles. She utilizes graceful dialect to pass on the free play of significance without sticking to the strict account structures of formal study. Woman, Native, Other is situated at the point of various distinctive fields and disciplines, and it really succeeds in pushing the limits of these disciplines further. It is one of t ...more
Sara Salem
Apr 22, 2016 Sara Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very powerful book. The best critique of anthropology I have read so far.
Isabelle Ouyang
Jun 07, 2015 Isabelle Ouyang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minh-Ha's writing style can at first take some getting used to. At first, her writing felt a little like waxing poetic, but the book reveals itself to be very substantive in no time at all.
I haven't read that much theory, so I didn't know what to expect when I first started it. The post-colonial angle caught my eye, especially as an Asian American girl.
I wasn't disappointed-- a very insightful read that covered a broader range of topics than I thought it would.
The book is divided into four secti
Erdem Tasdelen
Oct 08, 2008 Erdem Tasdelen rated it liked it
This is quite a scattered text, and although it revolves around the same ideas it is structurally disjointed. Its wit and at times attacking qualities make it a solid performative work, but its content is lacking in a way that I can not pinpoint.
One is face to face with a constructed binarism (thinking Sedgwick here) where the "other" is made into an "another" by "difference". Minh-ha criticises the "white male anthropologist", in that he wants to gain knowledge about "the other" which he makes
Jan 18, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult read, but once you understand the style you realize what a lovely, sarcastic, angry, rational, and beautiful book it is.
Navreet Dhaliwal
I loved this book. Minh-ha has a wonderfully engaging writing style that both makes the reader feel as though they're part of a discussion and challenges them to answer questions she brings forth. This book is particularly helpful for anyone who has a strong interest in post-colonialism and would like an entry point into writing within that framework. Minh-ha presents a well researched narrative that is illuminating in how contemporary it is, but also humbling and appreciative of her predecessor ...more
Difficult to read if you are expecting a classic second wave feminist text, but that is precisely the point. Cyclically written, with a loopy (literally) logic to it, a great step into the brave new world of Post-Colonial Feminism for the uninitiated. Also a perfectly lovely read for those of us who are already there.
Jan 09, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review published in Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature 17.1 (1993): 157-160.
Oct 02, 2010 sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read for feminist theory class...a great balance to all the other european/french theory u have to read
Jun 13, 2007 Minh-Ha rated it it was amazing
See especially "Commitment from the Mirror-Writing Box" and "Grandma's Story".
Linda Le
Oct 12, 2010 Linda Le rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have been browsing and skimming this book since 2006! haha
Aug 16, 2007 Leiana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thesis
Important postcolonial book and where my shift in thought began.
Jul 08, 2008 rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"difference" always makes me feel like i am swimming.
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Trinh T. Minh-ha (born 1952) is a filmmaker, writer, academic and composer. She is an independent filmmaker and feminist, post-colonial theorist. She teaches courses that focus on women's work as related to cultural politics, post-coloniality, contemporary critical theory and the arts. The seminars she offers focus on Third cinema, film theory and aesthetics, the voice in cinema, the autobiographi ...more
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