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Selected Readings

M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty (eds). Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (1997)

Amos, Valerie and Pratibha Parmar. "Challenging Imperial Feminism," Feminist Review 17 (July 1984), 3-19

Alison Blunt and Gillian Rose, eds. Writing Women and Space: Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies (1994)

Sandra Bartky, Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression (1990)

Bordo, S. (1993) Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Butler, J. (1993) Bodies That Matter: On The Discursive Limits of Sex, London and New York: Routledge.

Butler, J. (1990) Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, London and New York: Routledge.

Butler, J and Joan Scott (eds), Feminists theorize the political (1992).

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy (Haymarket Books)

Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel (eds.), Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1992).

Davies, Carole Boyce. Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994).

Donaldson, Laura E. Decolonising Feminisms: Race, Gender, and Empire-Building (Routledge, 1992).

Ehrenreich, B. (2002) ‘Maid to Order’ in B. Ehrenreich and A. R. Hochschild, eds. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy (New York: Henry Holt and Company), 85-103.

Grewal, Inderpal. Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994).

Halberstam, J (2005) In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives.

Hill Collins, P. (2000) Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, 2nd ed. New York and London: Routledge.

bell hooks, ‘Sisterhood: Political Solidarity Among Women’, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre

Jayawardena, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World (Zed, 1986).

--- Embodied Violence: Communalising Female Sexuality in South Asia (1996).

Jeffrey, Amrita and Amrita Basu. Appropriating Gender: Women’s Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia (London: Routledge, 1997)

Jolly, Margaret. "Motherlands? Some Notes on Women and Nationalism in India and Africa," Australian Journal of Anthropology 5 (1994): 41-59.

Kaplan, Caren. “‘A World without Boundaries’: The Body Shop's Trans/National Geographics.” Social Text, no. 43, 1995, pp. 45–66.

Lewis, Reina and Mills Sarah. Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader, New York:Routledge, 2003.

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender, Cambridge: Polity, 1994.

McRobbie, Angela (2009). The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change. London: Sage.

Messer-Davidow, Ellen (2002). Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse. Durham: Duke University Press.

Clare Midgley (ed.), Gender and Imperialism (Manchester University Press, Manchester/New York, 1998), See esp. Haggis, Jane. “White Women and Colonialism,” in pp. 45-75.

Mohanty, C. T. (1988) ‘Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses’, Feminist Review 30: 61–88.

Mohanty, C. T. (2003) Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Nasta, Susheila (ed). Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia (Women’s Press, 1991).

Nguyen, M.T. ‘The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in an Age of Terror’ Signs, Vol. 36, 2011

Jasbir K. Puar. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism In Queer Times.

Ray, Sangeeta. Engendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives (Duke UP, 2000).

Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith and Sunera Thobani, States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century

Kumkum Sangari and Sudesh Vaid (eds.), Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History (Delhi: Kali for Women, 1989)

Saliba, Therese. “On the bodies of third world women: Cultural impurity, prostitution, and other nervous conditions.” College Literature , vol 22, no. 1, 1995, p.131.

Sawicki, J. (1991) ‘Disciplining Mothers: Feminism and the New Reproductive Technologies’ in J. Sawicki, Disciplining Foucault: Feminism, Power, and the Body (London and New York: Routledge, 67-94).

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Can the Subaltern Speak”. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory, edited by Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman, Colombia University Press, 1994, pp. 66- 111.

Sunder Rajan, Real and Imagined Women: Gender, Culture, and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 1993).

Trinh, T. Minha. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1989).

N. Yuval Davis and P. Werbner, eds. Women, Citizenship and Difference, London and New York: Zed Books

Young, I. M, (2005[1980]) On Female Body Experience:’ Throwing like a girl’ and Other Essays, New York: Oxford University Press.

Wolf, N. (1991) The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, New York: HarperCollins.

L. Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, Screen, Vol. 16, no.3, 1975, pp. 6 – 18

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Aegerter, Lindsay Pentolfe. “A Dialectic of Autonomy and Community: Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions.” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 2, 1996, pp. 231–240.

Bahri, Deepika. "Disembodying The Corpus: Postcolonial Pathology in Tsitsi Dangarembga's 'Nervous Conditions'." Postmodern Culture, vol. 5 no. 1, 1994.

Eck, Lisa. “Thinking Globally, Teaching Locally: The ‘Nervous Conditions’ of Cross-Cultural Literacy.” College English, vol. 70, no. 6, 2008, pp. 578–598.

George, Rosemary Marangoly, et al. “An Interview with Tsitsi Dangarembga.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 26, no. 3, 1993, pp. 309–319.

McWiliams, Sally. “Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions: At the crossroads of feminism and post‐colonialism”. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 31, no. 1, 1991, pp. 103-112.

Nair, Supriya. “Melancholic Women: The Intellectual Hysteric(s) in Nervous Conditions.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 26, no. 2, 1995, pp. 130–139.

Thomas, Sue. “Killing the Hysteric in the Colonized's House: Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions”. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 27, issue 1, March 1 1992, pp. 26-36.

Nawal el Saadawi

Ahmed, Leila. “Arab Culture and the Writing of Women’s Bodies.” Feminist Issues, 1989.

Amireh, Amal. “Framing Nawal El Saadawi: Arab Feminism in a Transnational World.” Signs, vol. 26, no. 1, 2000, pp. 215-249.

Boryczka, Jocelyn M. “An Anatomy of Sexism: The Colonized Vagina.” New Political Science, vol. 39, no. 1, 2017, pp. 36-57.

Hiddleston, Jane. "Imprisonment, Freedom, And Literary Opacity In The Work Of Nawal El Saadawi And Assia Djebar". Feminist Theory vol 11, no. 2, 2010, pp. 171-187.

El Saadawi, Nawal. “Religion is all politics.” YouTube, uploaded by The Guardian, 28 April 2010,

Valassopoulos, Anastasia. Contemporary Arab Women Writers . Routledge, 2007.

Jamaica Kincaid

Burrows, Victoria. “Whiteness and Trauma: The Mother-Daughter Knot in the Fiction of Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison’’ Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Ferguson, Moira. “A lot of Memory: An Interview With Jamaica Kincaid.” The Kenyon Review. Volume 16. Number 1. (Spring 1994): 163-188.

Mahlis, Kristen. "Gender and Exile: Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy’” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, 1998, pp. 164–183.

Jean Rhys

Sheehan, Tom. “Jean Rhys's Caribbean Space-Time.” Journal of Caribbean Literatures, 4.3 (2007): 141–154.

Rabindranath Tagore

Mitra, Indhari. ""I Will Make Bimala One With My Country": Gender and Nationalism in Tagore's The Home and the World." MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 41 no. 2, 1995, pp. 243-264

Ray, Sangeeta. “Woman as Nation and a Nation of Women: Tagore’s The Home and the World and Hossain’s Sultana’s Dream” in En-Gendering India. Durham (N.C.), Duke University Press, 2000