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Description - Imperial Leather by Anne McClintock

Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book take up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial market, and the gendering of nationalism within the zones of imperial and anti-imperial power. Anne McClintock explores the sexualizing of terra incognita, the imperial myth of the empty land, the dirt fetish and civilizing mission, sexuality and labour, advertising and commodity racism, the Victorian invention of the idle woman, feminism and racial difference, and anti-apartheid culture in the current transformation of rational power. Imperial Leather argues that the categories of gender, race and class do not exist in isolation, but in intimate relation to one another. Drawing on diverse cultural forms -novels, diaries, oral histories, poetry and advertising the book examines imperialism not only as a poetics of ambivalence, but as a politics of violence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415908900
ISBN-10: 0415908906
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anne McClintock

Anne McClintock is an Associate Professor of English at Columbia University, and a SSRC-MacArthur Fellow. She is the author of monographs on Simone DeBeauvoir and Olive Schreiner, and has written for a number of publications on issues of gender and sexuality, including Critical Inquiry, Boundary 11, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review.

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