Leading scholars in literary criticism, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy explore such topics as "Gypsies" in the Western imagination, the mobilization of the West in Chinese television, the lesbian identity and the woman's gaze in fashion photography, and the regulation of black women's bodies in early 20th-century urban areas. This collection of twenty articles brings together the special issue of Critical Inquiry entitled "Identities" (Summer 1992), two other previously published essays, and five previously published critical responses and rejoinders, all of which is interrogated in two new essays by Michael Gorra and Judith Butler.
Contributors include Elizabeth Abel, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Akeel Bilgrami, Daniel Boyarin, Jonathan Boyarin, Judith Butler, Hazel V. Carby, Xiaomei Chen, Diana Fuss, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Avery Gordon, Michael Gorra, Cheryl Herr, Saree S. Makdisi, Walter Benn Michaels, Christopher Newfield, Gananath Obeyesekere, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sara Suleri, Katie Trumpener, and Joseph Valente.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kwame Anthony Appiah.
"British Cannibals": Contemplation of an Event in the Death and
Resurrection of James Cook, Explorer
Race into Culture: A Critical Genealogy of Cultural Identity
Walter Benn Michaels
Occidentalism as Counterdiscourse: "He Shang" in Post-Mao China
Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look
Policing the Black Women's Body in an Urban Context
Hazel V. Carby
Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition
Acting Bits/Identity Talk
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
The Empire Renarrated: Season of Migration to the North and the
Reinvention of the Present
Saree S. Makdisi
What Is a Muslim? Fundamental Commitment and Cultural Identity
Nationalism and Social Division in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960s
Phillip Brian Harper
Black Writing, White Reading: Race and the Politics of Feminist
The Erotics of Irishness
Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Identity
Daniel Boyarin, Jonathan Boyarin.
The Time of the Gypsies: A "People without History" in the Narratives of
Avery Gordon, Christopher Newfield.
The No-Drop Rule
Walter Benn Michaels
Fashionable Theory and Fashionable Women: Returning Fuss's
Molly Anne Rothenberg, Joseph Valente.
Look Who's Talking, or If Looks Could Kill
Response to Identities
Collected and Fractured: Response to Identities