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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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.
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