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Multiple-Front Postcolonial Feminist Critique

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This chapter presents Mernissi as a postcolonial feminist critic whose critical position inhabits an enabling margin from which she could target, in radical terms, colonialism, nationalism, and the postindependent state with respect to their discourses on women. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first section examines Mernissi's demystification of the idea that France is a 'modernizing' force especially with respect to women's rights. The second section sheds light on her critique of nationalism and its bourgeois essentialist discourse on 'women's liberation'. Finally, the third section discusses her critique of the postcolonial 'neopatriarchal' state and its accommodation with the traditional configuration of gender roles.

Keywords: female liberation; French Colonialism; gender roles; Mernissi; multiple-front postcolonial feminist critique; nationalism



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