Literature and a Poetics of the Real
Routledge – 2007 – 246 pages
Through examination of the functions of language and cross-cultural readings of literature – from African queer reading to postcolonial Shakespeare – Rooney explores the nature of the real, providing:
Exploring current ideas of performativity in literature and language, and negotiating a path between feminist theory’s common pitfalls of essentialism and constructivism, Caroline Rooney argues convincingly that by rethinking our understanding of gender we might also equip ourselves to resist racism and totalitarianism more effectively.
Introduction 1. From Monstrosity and Techno-Performativity to Sumud 2. What is Enlightenment? What is Enlightenment? What is Enlightenment? 3. Radiance or Brilliance 4. The Other of the Confession: The Philosophical Type 5. The Other of the Confession: Women of Zimbabwe 6. Shakespeare the Shaman 7. Sisters of Marx: A Conclusion
Caroline Rooney is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research at the University of Kent. She is the author of African Literature, Animism and Politics (Routledge, 2000) and, with Vera Dieterich, of Book Unbinding: The Ontological Stain (Artworlds Press, 2005).