Assuming white identities: racial and gendered looking across the literature/media divide

Connor, R. and Crofts, C. (1999) Assuming white identities: racial and gendered looking across the literature/media divide. In: Brown, H., Gilkes, M. and Kaloski-Naylor, A., eds. (1999) White?Women: Critical Perspectives on Race and Gender. York: Raw Nerve Books, pp. 113-129. ISBN 0-9536585-0-3

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Abstract

This essay explores and problematises the category of 'white women', examining the developing dialogue between feminist and postcolonial discourses across the literature / media divide. Our focus is on representation which, as Richard Dyer acknowledges, is 'one of the prime means by which we have any knowledge of reality' (Dyer, 1997: xiii). Two interconnecting strands are suggested by the title: on the one hand we examine the often invisible cultural 'assumptions' underpinning the representation of whiteness and, on the other, we explore the implications of the visible 'assumption' of whiteness in relation to notions of performativity and passing.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:race, gender, literature/media divide, whiteness, white identity, white women
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:13352
Deposited By: Dr C. Crofts
Deposited On:21 Oct 2010 14:36
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 11:49

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