Chapter II -Issues of Identity - 37
37 Chapter II Issues of Identity To travel can consist in operating a profoundly unsettling inversion of one’s identity: I become me via an other. Depending on who is looking, the exotic is the other, or it is me.1 Writing, for Ahdaf Soueif, constitutes a creative path towards the reshaping of identity, finding its niche (as mentioned earlier) in the theoretical, critical and representative framework of post- colonial feminism. Among the various lines of critical thought, the term ‘identity’ has gradually assumed an ever more complex role and significance; it has contributed to the pinpointing of the processes of representing women, viewed as spaces for the ‘inter- section’ of numerous categories of identity, in relation to the spe- cific ‘experience’ (in accordance with the paradigms of ethnicity/ race, class and gender) of the variously located women. This novel conceptualisation was brought about as a result of the critical contribution of authorities on the postcolonial area, both Afro- American feminists and those from the Third World (including Black, Asian and Caribbean); these scholars have articulated theo- retical approaches that oppose and denounce the homologating tendencies of figuration by white, Euro-American feminism, ac- cused in the eighties and nineties, of racism and complicity with the discursive and representative, patriarchal and western, colo- nial system. 1 T. Trinh Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other. Writing Postcoloniality and Femi- nism, Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 1989, p. 23. 38 The denunciation by these scholars from the Third World led to a clash at the theoretical level and...
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