The Intimate Empire

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A&C Black, 2000 M02 1 - 256 pages
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By means of contextualized readings, this work argues that autobiographic writing allows an intimate access to processes of colonization and decolonization, incorporation and resistance, and the formation and reformation of identities which occurs in postcolonial space. The book explores the interconnections between race, gender, autobiography and colonialism and uses a method of reading which looks for connections between very different autobiographical writings to pursue constructions of blackness and whiteness, femininity and masculinity, and nationality. Unlike previous studies of autobiography which focus on a limited Euro American canon, the book brings together contemporary and 19th-century women's autobiographies and travel writing from Canada, the Caribbean, Kenya, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. With emphasis on the reader of autobiography as much as the subject, it argues that colonization and resistance are deeply embedded in thinking about the self.

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excellent coverage of the subaltern women.extensive study conducted which definitely serves a better purpose for the researchers.indepth view gives the knowledge which still was hidden from the world.


In the pink Empire and autobiography
Believing the History of Mary Prince
2 Settler subjects
3 Travelling in memory of slavery
The land that never was
5 Autobiography and resistance
6 In memory of the colonial child
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Gillian Whitlock is Emeritus Professor in the school of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland, Australia. Inhumanities completes a trilogy of monographs on life narratives of the dispossessed, following Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit (2007), and Postcolonial Life Narratives: Testimonial Transactions (2015).

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