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“Baleful Postcoloniality” and Palestinian Women’s Life Writing

From: Biography
Volume 36, Number 1, Winter 2013
pp. 51-70 | 10.1353/bio.2013.0007



This article considers the relationship between the concept of “baleful postcoloniality” and Palestinian women’s life writing. “Baleful postcoloniality” is explored in relation to two particular issues: a succession of foreign occupations of Palestinian territory—especially the period of Israeli hegemony—and the traditional economy of gender relations governing Palestinian society. The article analyzes how Palestinian women life-writers express and resist these manifestations of “baleful postcoloniality” in both gender-specific and nationalist terms.