The study of identity crosses all disciplinary borders to address such issues as the multiple interactions of race, class and gender in feminist, lesbian and gay studies, postcolonialism and globalization, and the interrelation of nationalism and ethnicity in ethnic and area studies. The work aims to disrupt the discourse of identity by exploring the formation of identities and problem of subjectivity. 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 20 articles brings together work by Michael Gorra and Judith Butler among others.
Editors' Introduction: Multiplying Identities Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kwame Anthony Appiah. Essays "British Cannibals": Contemplation of an Event in the Death and Resurrection of James Cook, Explorer Gananath Obeyesekere Race into Culture: A Critical Genealogy of Cultural Identity Walter Benn Michaels Occidentalism as Counterdiscourse: "He Shang" in Post-Mao China Xiaomei Chen Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look Diana Fuss Policing the Black Women's Body in an Urban Context Hazel V. Carby Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition Sara Suleri 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 Akeel Bilgrami Nationalism and Social Division in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960s Phillip Brian Harper Black Writing, White Reading: Race and the Politics of Feminist Interpretation Elizabeth Abel The Erotics of Irishness Cheryl Herr 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 the West Katie Trumpener Critical Responses White Philosophy Avery Gordon, Christopher Newfield. The No-Drop Rule Walter Benn Michaels Fashionable Theory and Fashionable Women: Returning Fuss's Homospectatorial Look Molly Anne Rothenberg, Joseph Valente. Look Who's Talking, or If Looks Could Kill Diana Fuss Response to Identities Michael Gorra Collected and Fractured: Response to Identities Judith Butler Index