Deep hiStories

Gender and Colonialism in Southern Africa


Deep hiStories represents the first substantial publication on gender and colonialism in Southern Africa in recent years, and suggests methodological ways forward for a post-apartheid and postcolonial generation of scholars. The volume’s theorizing, which is based on Southern African regional material, is certain to impact on international debates on gender – debates which have shifted from earlier feminisms towards theorizations which include sexual difference, subjectivities, colonial (and postcolonial) discourses and the politics of representation. Deep hiStories goes beyond the dichotomies which have largely characterized the discussion of women and gender in Africa, and explores alternative models of interpretation such as ‘genealogies of voice’. These ‘genealogies’ transcend the conventional binaries of visibility and invisibility, speaking and silence. Works covering South Africa from the eighteenth to the twentieth century and Zimbabwe, Namibia and Cameroon in the twentieth include:
• Colonial readings of Foucault
• Ideologies of domesticity
• Torture and testimony of slave women
• Women as missionary targets
• Gender and the public sphere
• Race, science and spectacle
• Male nursing on mines
• Infanticide, insanity and social control
• Fertility and the postcolonial state
• Literary reconstructions of the past
• Gender-blending and code-switching
• De/colonizing the queer
The collection includes diverse research on the body in Southern Africa for the first time. It brings new subtleties to the ongoing debates on culture, civility and sexuality, dealing centrally with constructions of race and whiteness in history and literature. It is an important resource for teachers and students of gender and colonial studies.

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”…well researched and interesting to read, giving a good introduction to some of the debates… This book would be of importance in gender and colonial studies, while being accessible for the more general reader. It is a useful addition to the body of research.” – Crystal Warren, in: NELM News (National English Literary Museum), No. 42, Dec. 2004, p. 7
“…an excellent publication.” in: Research in African Literatures, Vol. 34, nr.3, Fall 2003, pp.199-200
Acknowledgements List of figures Prologue Introduction Deep HiStories: Gender and Colonialism in Southern Africa WENDY WOODWARD, PATRICIA HAYES AND GARY MINKLEY Genealogies of voice State Racism and the Education of Desires: A Colonial Reading of Foucault ANN LAURA STOLER Domesticity and Dispossession: The Ideologies of Domesticity and ‘Home’ and the British Construction of the Primitive from the Eighteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries ELIZABETH ELBOURNE Contradictory Tongues: Torture and Testimony of Two Slave Women in the Eastern Cape Courts in 1934 WENDY WOODWARD Women's Talk and the Colonial State: The Case of Sir John Wylde, 1931-1933 KIRSTEN MACKENZIE Science and the Spectacle: /Khanako's South Africa, 1936-1937 CIRAJ RASSOOL AND PATRICIA HAYES Steeped histories ‘Moedermeesteres’: Dutch-Afrikaans Women’s Entry into the Public Sphere in the Cape Colony 1860-1896 MARIJKE Du TOIT ‘We respected them for their colour’: Male Nursing on the Mines in Twentieth-Century South Africa SHULA MARKS Faithful Daughter, Murdering Mother: Transgression and Social Control in Colonial Namibia MEREDITH MCKITTRICK WITH FANUEL SHINGENGE Gender and Fertility in a Postcolonial Moment: The Prohibition of Depo-Provera in Zimbabwe 1981 AMY KALER Sounding lines Self-Representation and the Reconstruction of Southern African Pasts: Bessie Head’s A Bewitched Crossroad DESIRÉE LEWIS Gender-Blending and Code-Switching in the South African Novel: A Postcolonial Model JOHAN JACOBS Targeted for Change: Cameroonian Women and Missionary Designs in Some Fiction of Mongo Beti ELIAS BONGMBA Colonizing the Queer: Some Problems in Curating South Africa's First National Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibition JOAN BELLIS Notes on contributors