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Transnational Discourses on Class, Gender, and Cultural Identity

Irene Marques

208 pages
Purdue University Press
This exploration of class, feminism, and cultural identity (including issues of race, nation, colonialism, and economic imperialism) focuses on the work of four writers: the Mozambican Mia Couto, the Portuguese José Saramago, the Brazilian Clarice Lispector and the South African J. M. Coetzee. Marques argues that these four writers are political in the sense that they bring to the forefront issues pertaining to the power of literature to represent, misrepresent, and debate matter related to different subaltern subjects: the postcolonial subject, the poor subject (the poor other), and the female subject. She also discusses the ahuman other in the context of the subjectivity of the natural world, through a discussion of the holistic, animist values and epistemologies that inform and guide Mozambican traditional societies, while in further analyses the notion is approached via discussions on phenomenology, elementality, and divinity following the philosophies of Lévinas and Irigaray and mystical consciousness in Zen Buddhism and the psychology of Jung.
Author Bio
Irene Marques teaches African and Caribbean literature, comparative literature, and English literature at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her publications include the edited volume The Works of Chin Ce (2007), and articles in journals such as African Identities, Research in African Literatures, and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. She has also published two works of fiction, Wearing Glasses of Water, a collection of poetry (2007), and Habitando na Metáfora do Tempo Habitando na metáfora do tempo. Crónicas desejadas (2009).