Journal of Literary Studies
About: Journal of Literary Studies is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Narrative & Literary criticism. It has an ISSN identifier of 0256-4718. Over the lifetime, 878 publication(s) have been published receiving 3204 citation(s).
Topics: Narrative, Literary criticism, Deconstruction, Ideology, Poetry
Papers published on a yearly basis
01 Mar 1988-Journal of Literary Studies
TL;DR: The idea of "frontierswoman" in the colonies posed an additional threat, which was again neutralized by the patriarchal demands regarding femininity and the other cultural imperatives placed upon colonial women.
Abstract: Summary Patriarchal discourse continually reproduces the division between culture and nature, a division of obvious importance to the colonial enterprise, whose success demands the preservation of dichotomies such as civilized and primitive, white and black, masculine and feminine. The emigration of British women to the colonies served a variety of social and economic purposes; it also neutralized the potential threat to patriarchal discourse of the idea of “surplus women”, which exceeded the limits of “femininity”. The idea of “frontierswoman” in the colonies posed an additional threat, which was again neutralized by the patriarchal demands regarding femininity and the other cultural imperatives placed upon colonial women. This essay scrutinizes some of these cultural imperatives, namely that women act as “bearers of culture” and as “mediators”, and it suggests how women were used by the patriarchal and imperialist system to reproduce the crucial dichotomies, and how they were, in the process, redefined ...
26 Sep 2007-Journal of Literary Studies
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors use the case study of the horse to discuss what the animal turn might mean in disciplinary terms and show that there is a significant move towards embracing new subject matter, and concomitant new sources, in history writing in southern Africa.
Abstract: Summary In the last decade, “animal studies” has arisen in belated parallel to other counter-hegemonic disciplines. In order to discuss this new departure of considering animals in the humanities rather than solely the natural sciences, we use the case study of the horse. We discuss what the “animal turn” might mean in disciplinary terms. We show that there is a significant move towards embracing new subject matter, and concomitant new sources, in history writing in southern Africa. We argue, however, that it is difficult to label it a new “paradigm” as it remains largely in the social (or socio-environmental) history camp. Instead, it encompasses a continuing process of inclusion and measured mainstream acceptance of the animal as subject, object and even perhaps agent. The “animal turn” (and, indeed, “green social science”) is not founded on any one method or approach, instead it remains diverse in terms of its methodology and raison d’etre, mirroring the multiplicity of its object of study. We discuss ...
01 Jun 1997-Journal of Literary Studies
20 Jul 2016-Journal of Literary Studies
TL;DR: Acholonu et al. as discussed by the authors highlighted some challenges facing a set of African feminisms built on indigenous models, which can be grouped into two categories: (1) inclusion vs exclusion; and (2) conceptualisation and target.
Abstract: SummaryThis article highlights some challenges facing a set of African feminisms built on indigenous models. These feminisms are: Motherism – Catherine Acholonu; Womanism/Woman palavering – Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi; Nego-feminism – Obioma Nnaemeka; Snail-sense feminism – Akachi Ezeigbo; Stiwanism – Molara Ogundipe-Leslie; African womanism – Mary Modupe Kolawole; and Femalism – Chioma Opara. The challenges under discussion have been grouped into two categories: (1) inclusion vs exclusion; and (2) conceptualisation and target. This article discusses these challenges by posing a series of questions intended to provoke a critical re-assessment of African feminist theorisation. The article then proceeds to analyse a selection of work from Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel (2005) to see what the creative imagination offers as possible resolutions to these challenges. Two songs in the volume are analysed as part of the endeavour to redefine and prune (West) African feminisms.
01 Jun 2006-Journal of Literary Studies
TL;DR: The authors proposes a version of whiteness studies for South Africa, and lays some of the groundwork for a research project that is yet to be comprehensively tackled, and suggests that if one were to reopen the category of South African whiteness and begin to de-essentialise it, in all likelihood what one might call the "difference within" would both contradict assumptions of uniformity and prove interesting.
Abstract: Summary Proposing a version of whiteness studies for South Africa, this article lays some of the groundwork for a research project that is yet to be comprehensively tackled. Over the past 30 or so years in progressive scholarship in and about South Africa, whiteness has become so deligitimised by virtue of its complicity with apartheid that it has often been rendered “blank”, a taken‐for‐granted negative essence, a place less looked‐into and a site of assumed uniformity. The essay suggests that if one were to reopen the category of South African whiteness and begin to de‐essentialise it, in all likelihood what one might call the “difference within” would both contradict assumptions of uniformity and prove interesting. The article summarises and analyses trends in whiteness studies in the US and suggests ways in which such a project might be differently tackled for South African purposes.
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