Under Western Eyes : Feminist Scholarship And Colonial Discourses

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Chandra Mohanty 's essay, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” discusses the methods employed by western feminist scholars to generate a homogenous identity of womanhood. Mohanty is critical of these methods due to its dependence on a dichotomy of power and as a consequence, the production of the “Other” figure. In her essay, Mohanty identifies how the production of this Other in regards to woman is the production of the “Third World Woman”, placed as subject to the Western, Idealized Woman. Ever critical for the correction of flawed methodologies, Mohanty asserts that “the application of the notion of women as a homogenous category to women in the third world colonizes and appropriates the pluralities of the simultaneous location of different groups of women in social class and ethnic frameworks”(351). This statement exposes space for critical assessment in cultural texts as well. In Tsitsi Dangarembga 's novel Nervous Conditions, while the women form communities among themselves, they each struggle with and against different forms of colonial power and personal challenges. I contest that the employment of characters ' voices allow for the the complexities of being “woman” to be exposed and allow for the rejection of it being a homogeneous identity. Mohanty identifies how western feminist scholarship ides applied as a global truth generates problematic notion that women in certain spaces of the earth are inherently subject to less freedom…

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