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Black Body: Women, Colonialism, and Space
From Algeria to the Antipodes, the female black body, when viewed through the colonial lens, represents all that is dangerous and unknown in an alien land. Its true significance can be understood only through the concept of space, because a "black body" is understood as "black" only outside of its context, its "place" -- and a female black body is doubly out of place. Yet ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published September 1st 1999)
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Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it liked it
Parts of this argument are compelling, and there is a major challenge to much post-colonial theory through, paradoxially, an assertion of the importance of place – which is in many ways what post-colonialism is all about. I share a concern with Mohanram that swathes of postcolonial theory have been developed in the Northern Hemisphere former imperial centre and then just adopted in the southern ex-colonies of settlement, when what we really need is indigenous theory that explores the specificity ...more
While I believe Mohanram's book to provide a necessary exploration on race, space, and time, I do not believe that Mohanram is really interested in examining global anti-blackness. I'm aware of the liberal use of Black to define people of color outside of North America but what Mohanram does with the term is borderline offensive to Black lives. I state this because Monhanram frequently critiques the North American focus theoretical work on racialized embodiment (p. 66) that happens to centers Bl ...more