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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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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
I have no words.
Anthony Moll
This is one of the most important books I've ever read.
Erdem Tasdelen
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
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.
Review published in Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature 17.1 (1993): 157-160.
read for feminist theory class...a great balance to all the other european/french theory u have to read
See especially "Commitment from the Mirror-Writing Box" and "Grandma's Story".
Linda Le
i have been browsing and skimming this book since 2006! haha
Important postcolonial book and where my shift in thought began.
"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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