Between Image and Identity

Between Image and Identity : Transnational Fantasy, Symbolic Violence, and Feminist Misrecognition

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This book addresses the 'autobiographical' literature, visual, and performance art of postcolonial women from Maghreb and Southeast Asia including Leila Sebbar, Assia Djebar, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Karina Eileraas critically examines how contemporary postcolonial artists participate in the violence of representation in order to re-imagine the relationship between image and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 165.1 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739118129
  • 9780739118122
  • 2,126,788

Review quote

In this wide-ranging transnational study of the ways in which women postcolonial writers have re-staged the relationship between image and identity, Karina Eileraas trains an exquisitely honed critical gaze on the creative forms of aesthetic and political resistance put into practice by such diverse authors as Assia Djebar, Helene Cixous, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Although her book is informed by the ideas of an impressive array of theorists, it is Eileraas's own engaging voice that, at every turn of the page, drives home the profoundly ethical dimensions of her project. -- Dana Strand, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of French and the Humanities, Carleton Collegeshow more

About Karina A. Eileraas

Karina Eileraas is visiting assistant professor of women's studies at more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Fantasizing the Self: Violence and the (Im)possibilities of Representation Chapter 2 Disorienting Looks, Ecarts d'Identite" Colonial Photography, Ownership, and Identity Chapter 3 Misrecognizing the Family Album: Blood, Fantasy, and Nationality in the Works of Helene Cixous and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Chapter 4 Dismembering the Gaze: Speleology and Vivisection in Assia Djebar's L'amour, la fantasiashow more