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ERIC Number: EJ799595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Critical Exchanges in Postcolonial Studies, Post-9/11
Ball, Anna
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v30 n3-4 p296-315 Jul 2008
September 11, 2001 generated diverse responses from around the world, but for many subjects located in "the West," an enduring perception surfaced in the aftermath of the attacks: that 9/11 revealed the fragility of the "Western Self" as a secure identity. In a move towards self-scrutiny post 9/11, it is not only the presence of the Other that has moved into sight, many topics of the so-called margin--race, gender, ethnicity, religion--have been pushed center-stage in national and global affairs. In this article, the author attempts to set out some of the ways in which postcolonial studies might prove useful post-9/11, particularly in its emphasis on transcultural and interdisciplinary enquiry. The author also attempts to establish the critical limits of postcolonial analysis, and to identify where alternative discourses are writing from new margins, which must also become sites of enquiry. In doing so, the author hopes to make some tentative suggestions regarding the theoretical and cultural networks that might be forged in research and teaching via postcolonial studies post-9/11, using her own research fields--gender studies, visual studies, and cultural representation of the Middle East--as examples. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Canada; Iran; United Kingdom; United States