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Colonial body into postcolonial narrative
Elleke Boehmer

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan’s reading, see Real and Imagined Women: Gender, Culture and Postcolonialism (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 15–39. Jacobus, Reading Woman, p. 217. Luce Irigaray, ‘Sexual difference,’ in Toril Moi (ed.), French Feminist Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, 1988), p. 120. Nuruddin Farah, Maps (London: Picador, 1986). Jean Franco, ‘The nation as imagined community’, in H. Aram Veeser (ed.), The New Historicism (London: Routledge, 1989), p. 205. On the second, cynical, ‘postnativist’ stage in African writing, see Kwame Anthony Appiah, ‘Is the post- in

in Stories of women
Organizing principles, 1900–1919
Katie Pickles

Such theories, however, could also be applied to South Africa, emphasizing the benefits of warm weather for health. If biological theories of race meant that a distinct hierarchy was created, other theories of environment introduced the possibility for assimilation. As Morag Bell notes for South Africa at this time, in acclimatization, sexual difference took on moral as well as ecological meaning

in Female imperialism and national identity
Simone de Beauvoir and a Global Theory of Feminist Recognition
Monica Mookherjee

pessimistically that ‘in truth, that Golden Age of Woman is a myth’ (102). 11 Beauvoir argues against Engels by insisting that it is ‘the imperialism of human consciousness, seeking always to exercise sovereignty in objective fashion’ ( 1972 : 58) which constitutes the real origin of sexual difference

in Recognition and Global Politics
Meanings, Limits, Manifestations
Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick

deconstructive traditions, Butler's work attempts to expose how sexual difference is produced by a heteronormative discourse grounded on a series of hierarchical and naturalizing conceptual distinctions between men and women. She argues that referring to a self-explanatory female gender identity is misleading, since women of different ethnicities, classes and religions rarely have the same or invariant interests

in Recognition and Global Politics
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Quentin Crisp as Orlando’s Elizabeth I
Glyn Davis

became a key text in three distinct but overlapping discussions, concerning the relationship between heritage cinema and sexual difference, stereotyping and attempts to identify and define ‘queer cinema’. British heritage cinema in the 1980s and 1990s was most often associated with Merchant-Ivory Productions – the films of producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, personal and professional

in The British monarchy on screen
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Lillian Leitzel’s celebrity, agency and her performed femininity
Kate Holmes

confidence in the stability of sexual difference restored, some of the harshest opponents were even able to admit a few years later that they actually found short hair quite charming and attractive. (Søland, 2000: 40) Read against this context, Leitzel’s mixing of older and more modern expressions of femininity represents a similar negotiation of gender to that which young women were performing more widely. However, in Leitzel’s case it allowed her to incorporate strength into her embodiment of femininity. Leitzel’s choice of being pulled into place by the property men is

in Stage women, 1900–50
Tami Amanda Jacoby

more serious business of the male combat soldiers. While many women have moved over into elite and mixed-gender units, it is clear that women’s individual career advancement does not necessarily eradicate the formal and informal gendered structures that characterize the construction of sexual difference in the Israeli military and in society at large. In this sense, the experience of women in combat

in Redefining security in the Middle East
British women in international politics
Heloise Brown

as the ICW assumed a connection between women and peace that drew on maternalist ideas as well as constructions of innate sexual difference, but there was a stronger emphasis in the ICW on relational feminism, or women’s relationships to others, than on equal rights feminism or abstract ideas of equality. The assumption of a ‘natural’ relationship between women and peace meant that the ICW, through its resolutions and its Standing Committee, did not actually expect its members to undertake political work for peace, but instead to co-exist in peaceful co

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
Laura Chrisman

institutions, movements and subjectivities. Spivak’s emphasis on sexual difference of imperial interpellation suggests how future work can explore the function of other kinds of difference in metropolitan ideological formations. Jameson’s argument for the constitutive contradictions of Forster – at once rationally, and rhetorically, opposed to empire yet aesthetically affirmative of it – opens a number of theoretical and critical possibilities for future work on political rhetoric, its relations to imperial structures of feeling and aesthetics. The work of these three

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Henry James reads George Eliot
Lindsey Traub

he could grasp what he saw as Eliot’s achievement in the disinterested representation of Lydgate. George Eliot’s work of art was in creating a fully realised character, taken from the opposite sex from her own, but ‘serenely impersonal’, without resorting to the ‘meaner sort of art’ which indulges, or fails to transcend, the attraction and limitation of sexual difference. What he saw done in Lydgate was at the heart of what in story after story, and at full length in Roderick Hudson, with Rowland Mallet, Roderick Hudson and Christina Light, he explored and

in Special relationships