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Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation

Elleke Boehmer


Why is the nation in a post-colonial world so often seen as a motherland? This study explores the relationship between gender icons and foundational fictions of the nation in different post-colonial spaces. The author's work on the intersections between independence, nationalism and gender has already proved canonical in the field. This book combines her keynote essays on the mother figure and the post-colonial nation with new work on male autobiography, ‘daughter’ writers, the colonial body, the trauma of the post-colony and the nation in a transnational context. Focusing on Africa as well as ... More

Keywords: post-colonial nation, motherland, mother figure, male autobiography, daughter writers, colonial body, paradoxical refuge, international feminism, gender, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780719068782
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719068782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elleke Boehmer, author