Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective
By Anna Ball
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective is the first sustained study of gender-consciousness in the Palestinian creative imagination. Drawing on concepts from postcolonial feminist theory, Ball analyses a range of literary and filmic works by major creative practitioners including Michel Khleifi , Liana Badr, Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman, Mona Hatoum and Suheir Hammad, and reveals a hitherto unrecognized trajectory in gender-consciousness under development in the Palestinian imagination from the start of the twentieth century. The book explores how these works resonate with questions of power, identity, nation, resistance, and self-representation in the Palestinian imagination more broadly, and asks how these gender-conscious narratives transform our understanding of Palestine's struggle for postcoloniality. Working at the cusp of postcolonial, feminist and cultural enquiry, Ball seeks to open up vital new directions in the interdisciplinary study of Palestine.
Introduction: Permission to Re-Narrate 1. En-Gendering Palestine: Narratives of Desire and Dis-Orientation 2. Women Writing Resistance: Between Nationalism and Feminism 3. Masculinity in Crisis: From Patriarchy to (Post)Colonial Performativity 4. Bodies Beyond Boundaries? Transitional Spaces and Liminal Selves 5. Imagining the Transnational Feminist Community Conclusion: Postcolonial Feminist Futures
Anna Ball is a Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies in the English Department and Centre for Postcolonial and Global Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK.