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- DescriptionWhen the world thinks of Burma, it is often in relation to Nobel laureate and icon Aung San Suu Kyi. But beyond her is ather world, one that complicates the overdetermination of Burma as a pariah state and myths about the high status of Southeast Asian women. Highlighting and critiquing this fraught terrain, Tamara C. Ho's Romancing Human Rights maps Burmese women as real and imagined figures across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. More than a recitation of on the ground facts, Ho's groundbreaking scholarship-the first mograph to examine Anglophone literature and dynamics of gender and race in relation to Burma-brings a critical lens to contemporary literature, fi lm, and politics through the use of an invative feminist/queer methodology. She crosses intellectual boundaries to illustrate how literary and gender analysis can contribute to discourses surrounding and informing human rights-and in the process off ers a new voice in the debates about representation, racialization, migration, and spirituality. Romancing Human Rights demonstrates how Burmese women break out of prisons, both real and discursive, by writing themselves into being. Ho assembles an eclectic archive that includes George Orwell, Aung San Suu Kyi, critically acclaimed authors Ma Ma Lay and Wendy Law-Yone, and activist Zoya Phan. Her close readings of literature and politicized performances by women in Burma, the Burmese diaspora, and the United States illuminate their contributions as authors, cultural mediators, and practitioner-citizens. Using flexible, polyglot rhetorical tactics and embodied performances, these authors creatively articulate alter/native epistemologies-regionally situated kwledges and decolonizing viewpoints that interrogate and destabilize competing transnational hegemonies, such as U.S. moral imperialism and Asian militarized dictatorship. Weaving together the fi ctional and n-fi ctional, Ho's gendered analysis makesRomancing Human Rights a unique cultural studies project that bridges postcolonial studies, area studies, and critical race/ethnic studies-a must-read for thosewith an interest in fi elds of literature, Asian and Asian American studies, history, politics, religion, and women's and gender studies.
- Author BiographyTamara C. Ho is associate professor of women's studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA.
- Author(s)Tamara C. Ho
- PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2015
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Series TitleIntersections: Asian & Pacific American Transcultural Studies
- Place of PublicationHonolulu, HI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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