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Jamil Khader is professor of English at Stetson University, where he teaches postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminism, and popular fiction. He is the co-editor, with Molly Rothenberg, of Žižek Now: Current Perspectives in Žižek Studies (Polity Press 2013). His articles appeared in Feminist Studies, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, College Literature, MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Ariel: Review of International English Literature, Children’s Literature, The Journal of Homosexuality, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and other journals and collections.
Introduction: The Poetics and Politics of Displacing: The Extimate Locations of Postcolonial Feminisms
Chapter One: “The Meaning of So Many Roads”: Geography, Circular Migrancy, and Decolonizing the Commonwealth in Puerto Rican Feminist Writings
Chapter Two: “None of the Women are at Home”:Culture, Unhomeliness, and The Politics of Expansion in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions
Chapter Three: “Escaping the Claustrophobia of Belonging”: Identity, Transracial Ontology, and Rewriting the Columbus Quincentenary in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction
Chapter Four: "We Palestinians are the Jews of the Arab World": The Politics of Solidarity, the Ethics of Otherness, and Anti-Colonial Internationalism in Raymonda Tawil’s My Home, My Prison
Conclusion: Did Anyone Say Revolution? Postcolonial Feminisms, Cosmopolitics, and the End of Revolutionary Politics
This is a provocative work on a timely subject. In a series of trenchant analyses of Puerto Rican writers, as well as Dangarembga, Erdrich, and Tawil, the author makes the case for “extimate subjectivities” as a key to the interventions of postcolonial feminism. It is a fascinating account of radical possibility in contemporary postcolonial feminist writing.
— Peter Hitchcock, Professor of English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
This is a hands-on, eloquent, and refreshingly honest kind of criticism, rooted in feminism while drawn to community organizing and its battle with the neoliberal “feminization of poverty.” Unimpressed by the anodyne formulas of “cosmo-theory,” Khader takes us through a series of superb close-readings from the intimacy of the domestic to the ex-timacy of the political, giving us along the way one of the best defenses anywhere of internationalism as an ethos, an aesthetic, and a politics. A new kind of theory and maybe (hopefully) its future.
— Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota