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 homogeneous identity of womanhood. Mohanty is critical of these methods for their dependence on a dichotomy of power. In her essay Mohanty identifies how the production of the “other” in regards to woman is the production of the “Third World Woman”, placed as subject to the Western Feminist. Critical of the flawed methodologies, Mohanty asserts that “the application of the notion of women as a homogeneous 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). I propose Mohanty 's statement exposes space for critical assessment in cultural texts. In Tsitsi Dangarembga 's novel Nervous Conditions, while the women form communities among themselves, they struggle with and against intersectional forms of oppressive power and personal challenges which showcase their internal empowerment. I will illustrate how the prioritization of characters ' individual voices allow for the exposure of the complexities of being “woman”, allowing the rejection of homogeneous identity. Mohanty identifies how western feminist scholarship applied as a global truth generates problematic notions that women in certain countries are inherently subject to less freedom than women in the northwestern hemisphere.…

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