The Intimate Empire

Paperback | February 1, 2000

byGillian Whitlock

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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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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, autob...

Gillian Whitlock is an associate professor in the School of Humanities at Griffith University in Brisbane. She has degrees in postcolonial studies from the University of Queensland and Queen's University and has published widely in this area.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.19 × 6.04 × 0.7 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Bloomsbury

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0304706000

ISBN - 13:9780304706006

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