Decolonising Gender

Literature and a Poetics of the Real

Caroline Rooney


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


Exploring current ideas of performativity in literature and language, and negotiating a path between feminist theory’s common pitfalls of essentialism and constructivism, Caroline Rooney argues convincingly that by rethinking our understanding of gender we might also equip ourselves to resist racism and totalitarianism more effectively.


A thorough examination of the functions of language and cross-cultural readings of literature – from African queer reading to postcolonial Shakespeare.


Caroline Rooney was born in Zimbabwe and is Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Kent.