Colonialism, (Im)Migration, Belonging

Discover feminist texts on colonialism, (im)migration and belonging written between 1965-1995.

Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter Pauline Melville The Women’s Press 1990 A collection of short stories dealing with post-colonial life in the Caribbean, notably in the author’s native Guyana, as well as of some stories set in London. Many of the characters, most of them displaced people from former colonies struggling to come to terms with a new life…

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India Vandana Shiva Kali for Women 1988 From Spinifex Press: Shiva links the violation of nature with the violation and marginalisation of women in the Third World by examining the position of women in relation to nature – the forests, the food chain and water supplies. She shows…

Nervous Conditions

Nervous Conditions Tsitsi Dangarembga The Women’s Press 1988 A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision.…

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem Maryse Condé Mercure de France 1986 This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later. Maryse Condé brings…

The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain

The Heart of the Race: BlackWomen’s Lives in Britain Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe Virago 1985 This book records what life is like for the Black women in Britain: grandmothers drawn to the promise of the ‘mother country’ in the 1950s talk of a different reality; young girls describe how their aspirations at…

The Unbelonging

The Unbelonging Joan Riley The Women’s Press 1985 The Unbelonging is a moving story of self-discovery and survival. It tells of an 11 year old girl, who finds herself in a land of strangers with hers the only black face in a sea of white, after being summoned to Britain by the father she has…

Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History

Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History Kukum Sangari and Sudesh Vaid Kali for Women 1989 From Zubaan: This collection of essays stands at an unarticulated conjuncture within the feminist movement and women’s studies that have emerged in India since the 1970s. The anthology attempts to explore the inter-relation of patriarchies with political economy, law, religion…

Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History

Beyond the Pale: White Women,Racism and History Vron Ware Verso 1992 From Verso: How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, developed as a political movement within racist societies. Dissecting the different meanings of femininity and…

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys WW Norton & Company 1966 From Wikipedia: Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 novel by Dominica-born British author Jean Rhys. It is a feminist and anti-colonial response to Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre (1847), describing the background to Mr. Rochester’s marriage from the point-of-view of his mad wife Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress. Antoinette Cosway is Rhys’ version of…

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writingfrom Africa, the Caribbeanand South Asia Shusheila Nasta The Women’s Press 1991 This collection of essays demonstrates the links in women’s creative works from different global areas, specifically as demonstrated in their attempts to discover new forms and languages to express women’s experiences in patriarchal societies and to subvert continuing traditional, colonial,…

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde Persephone Press 1982 From Wikipedia: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a 1982 autobiography by American poet Audre Lorde. It started a new genre that the author calls biomythography, which combines history, biography, and myth. In the text, Lorde writes that “Zami” is “a Carriacou name for women…

Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain

Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain Rhonda Cobham and Merle Collins The Women’s Press 1987 This book is an anthology of some of the most exciting work being written and performed by Black women in Britain. Poems and short stories by African and Asian women, the collection casts an incisive eye…

Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories

Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories Olive Senior Longman 1989 Arrival of the Snake-Woman by Jamaican-born Olive Senior narrates the story of an isolated child who is coming to terms with the strange, harsh ways of the adult world. From Encyclopedia.com: In the story, “snake-woman” is the name given by black Jamaicans to young…

A Small Place

A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid Virago 1988 From Wikipedia: A Small Place is a 1988 work of creative nonfiction published by Jamaica Kincaid. A book-length essay drawing on Kincaid’s experiences growing up in Antigua, it can be read as an indictment of the Antiguan government, the tourist industry and Antigua’s British colonial legacy. But some natives–most natives in the world–cannot go anywhere. They…

Coming to Birth

Coming to Birth Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye Virago 1987 In this quietly powerful and eminently readable novel, Kenyan writer Marjorie Macgoye deftly interweaves the story of one young woman’s tumultuous coming of age with the history of a nation emerging from colonialism. At the age of sixteen, Paulina leaves her small village in western Kenya to…

Second Class Citizen

Second Class Citizen Buchi Emecheta Allison & Busby 1974 From Wikipedia: Second Class Citizen is a 1974 novel by Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta. A poignant story of a resourceful Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination of women and countless setbacks to achieve an independent life for herself and her children, the novel is often…

Rich Like Us

Rich Like Us Nayantara Sahgal Heinemann 1985 From Wikipedia: Rich Like Us is a historical and political fiction novel by Nayantara Sahgal. Set in New Delhi during the chaotic time between 1932 and the mid-1970s, it follows the lives of two female protagonists, Rose and Sonali, and their fight to live in a time of political upheaval and social…