Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices

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Duke University Press, Jul 17, 2006 - History - 406 pages
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Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices brings together for the first time a selection of trailblazing essays by Ella Shohat, an internationally renowned theorist of postcolonial and cultural studies of Iraqi-Jewish background. Written over the past two decades, these twelve essays—some classic, some less known, some new—trace a powerful intellectual trajectory as Shohat rigorously teases out the consequences of a deep critique of Eurocentric epistemology, whether to rethink feminism through race, nationalism through ethnicity, or colonialism through sexuality.

Shohat’s critical method boldly transcends disciplinary and geographical boundaries. She explores such issues as the relations between ethnic studies and area studies, the paradoxical repercussions for audio-visual media of the “graven images” taboo, the allegorization of race through the refiguring of Cleopatra, the allure of imperial popular culture, and the gender politics of medical technologies. She also examines the resistant poetics of exile and displacement; the staging of historical memory through the commemorations of the two 1492s, the anomalies of the “national” in Zionist discourse, the implications of the hyphen in the concept “Arab-Jew,” and the translation of the debates on orientalism and postcolonialism across geographies. Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices not only illuminates many of the concerns that have animated the study of cultural politics over the past two decades; it also points toward new scholarly possibilities.

 

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Contents

Area Studies Ethnic Studies and Postcolonial Studies
1
Toward a Feminist Ethnography of the Cinema
17
Theologies of Adaptation
70
Language Difference Power with Robert Stam
106
Endo Discourse and the Inscriptions of Science
139
A Modern Trope of Identity
166
Columbus Palestine and ArabJews
201
Notes on the PostColonial
233
A Situational Diagnosis
250
Gender Nation and the Cinema
290
Zionist Discourse and the Study of ArabJews
330
Reading Edward Said between English and Hebrew
359
Index
385
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND CREDITS
407
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About the author (2006)

Ella Shohat is Professor in the Departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies and affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. Among her books are Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age; Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation; and, with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism, winner of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award.