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Oh God, Anne McClintock.Where do I begin?Well, the book itself is complex, clever, well-thought out, and detailed. Her premise linking colonial domination and cleanliness is a masterful concept.However, part of the logic, rationale, reasoning and argument in this book just strikes me as batshit insane. I know I'm a (future) historian, this literature analysis is fine when dealing just with books. But using lit crit techniques on historical texts and making colonial historical claims makes me ang...
A countrywide effort of white nationalist hygiene began. The few voices that attempted to investigate the book's [The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena] complex and ambiguous politics were drowned out in the unanimous hubbub proclaiming that the book had no politics at all, that it was universal, that it dealt with "family issues" and therefore lay beyond the provenance of politics and history proper. At the same time, a well-established critical discourse that defined great literature as apolitica...
there's some brilliant food for thought here. deducting one star because the author does not use serial commas. ha! just kidding. (...MAYBE??) it's really because i remain somewhat ambivalent about psychoanalysis in/of/through history (while still acknowledging its usefulness). her rereading of freud's oedipal theory is freaking awesome, at least. and even die-hard anti-psychoanalysis readers should be able to appreciate her main assertion that "race, gender and class are not distinct realms of
An interesting book, though I found various parts of it more or less convincing. Chapters one through five were considerably more necessary reading than six through ten. Even for a book that comes at history sideways, it was somewhat incoherent overall (it compares unfavourably, for example, with 'City of Dreadful Delight', which also approaches key themes through eclectic figures/events) - but when it's good, it's really good.
A series of articles that are as fresh as post-colonial and feminist versions of critical theory get...take that as you will. The highlight of the book comes early, first with a psychoanalytic reading of H. Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines," and then with McClintock's investigation of the transgressive relationship between the precociously self-sufficient Victorian scullery maid Hannah Cullwick and English barrister Arthur Munby. Other than these tales, the book is a dense stew of Freudian,...
Chapter 3 -- the remarkable true story of Hannah Cullwick who insisted that female domestic labour was worth something more than the Victorians acknowledged and so demanded a wage from her 'husband' and never bore him children. McClintock is brilliant when she is describing the work that went into being idle and how that work (and its dirt) involved even more work to cover it all up. Chapter 6 -- in which we learn about the 19th century crisis of masculinity occurring in the second, third, fourt...
This is a sophisticated analysis of the complex interrelationship of class, gender and race in British colonial and imperial settings, including the end of empire. McClintock draws on feminist, psychoanalytic, socialist and postcolonial theory to develop an argument we may not agree with but cannot ignore. Her analysis of the competing British, Afrikaaner and black colonial and anti-colonial discourses takes understandings of South African history to new places, and has much wider general resona...
The book does an excellent job of outlining the concepts of race, commodity, and sex fetishism and provides good examples of some that subverted the norm during the Victorian period and in Colonial Africa. The first half was very dry, but it is an academic text so it does require one to engage the brain. The second half of the book was quite well-written and researched.
Great book! I use it for my scholarship. Excellent use of Freudian concepts, and makes psycho analysis relevant for today's reader. I loved the fetish section and the power exchange. Beautiful.
I do not agree with everything she says and I think that the book is somehow incoherent (some psychoanalysis here, some cultural studies there, a bit of Marxist theory...), but she makes interesting points and there is a lot to learn from the book.
A tour-de-force of scholarship, ranging so widely over place,s spaces and texts, that you could get lost if the author wasn't so very clear in her style and presentation.
I only read a couple of chapters, but I really appreciate McClintock's insights. Some of the psychonalysis stuff is a bit over the top for my tastes.
An absolute must-read for Humanities students across Disciplines!
“The politics of memory and authorship are inextricably entangled with the politics of institutional power in all its forms: family households, domestic labor, education, publishing, and reception. History is a series of social fabulations that we cannot do without. It is an inventive practice, but not just any invention will do. For it is the future, not the past, that is at stake in the contest over which memories survive.” (McClintock, 328)I had a great time reading this, just nodding in agr
I read this book while in Graduate school in a literature course, a good 25 years after the last time I had attended college. It was a bit shocking to decipher the critical studies "lingo" that all the 20-somethings in my class spouted so blithely. (When I was last in college, we were just discovering Virgina Woolf.)I had never studied the Pre-Raphaelites or really learned much about them. A certain amount of this scholarly work dealt with the manner in which the writer/designer/artist/pioneer W...
This is a very dense book (not so much in the difficulty of language as the sheer amount of information presented) and really gives a great, thorough investigation of issues of race and gender and class in relation to colonialism and all kinds of nationalism. The chapter on soap ads of Victorian England was particularly interesting to me as pop culture is something I am very interested in. There is also a lot of great discussion of fetishism and nationality that I found very interesting after ha...
Don't let the dated, dissertation-y title turn you off. This book is awesome: an original, impressively-researched (even for an academic tone), and actually pleasurable-to-read analysis of racist Victorian soap advertisements, the fixation of bourgeois men on washerwomen (her chapters on maidservant Hannah Cullwick -- who spent forty years in a secret relationship with her "master," posing for photographs in blackface and chains and keeping a diary detailing for him her daily work -- are superla...
If books were mythological characters (and Anne McClintock would certainly have something to say on that subject) then Imperial Leather would be my Helen, the book that launched a thousand hours of thesis research and an unhealthy obsession with Victorian BDSM. McClintock's background as a literary scholar allows her to attack her material from a fresh and subtly controversial perspective, which makes for an engaging contribution to the larger historical discourse.
What can I say about a book that combines socialist, feminist, post-colonial, and psychoanalytical theory into a 400 page abomination that makes the reader want to light him/herself on fire? Seriously, this book mentioned castration anxiety and phallocentrism so fucking much that I was almost tempted to cut off my own genitals with a butter knife if it would shut the author up. Newsflash Anne, not everything in life revolves around penises, sex, and wanting to hump your mother.
Definitely a theory book written in the 90s. Had a lot of important things to say, but it felt like a lot of essays forced to hang out in one book, and I kept waiting for her to tie it all together but it never happened. Also, it's kind of funny how she examines this one historical figure's scopophilia to the point where it seems like she's getting a scopophilic thrill from it.
One of the books I had to read for postcolonial lit. course in grad school. We used it to put some of the literary works we read in class into context.
Anne McClintock - the intellectual femme fatal of postcolonial theory
Interesting premise and quite helpful for thesis research, but it tended to be focused on oddly peripheral texts and figures, which I didn't find so helpful.
Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest by Anne McClintock (1995)
Good teaching book--the pears soap images make for a really interesting class discussion.
Read intro (first 75 pages) for Comp. Studies of Asia class. Not bad.
Should of liked it but did not!
Very useful book for studies in Imperial colonialism and the gender contest. Features heavily on the Victorian idea of the 'New Woman'.
Maybe it's really 3 books, but what an incredible map of colonialism-as-spectacle.
reading this for school. i coudlnt get into it :( i didnt like.