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

Connor, Rachel; Crofts, Charlotte

Authors

Rachel Connor



Contributors

Heloise Brown
Editor

Madi Gilkes
Editor

Ann Kaloski-Naylor
Editor

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.

Citation

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

Publication Date Jan 1, 1999
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2010
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 113-129
Book Title White?Women: Critical Perspectives on Race and Gender
ISBN 0-9536585-0-3
Keywords race, gender, literature/media divide, whiteness, white identity, white women
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1097940
Publisher URL http://www.rawnervebooks.co.uk/whitewomen.html

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