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Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 12:59:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Whiteness in Europe?


Although I don't have a specific title with full bibliographic info to
give right now, I think it would be a good idea to look at Mineke
Schipper's work. She has two books out (one from the 70's, The Image of
the White in African Literature, and a more recent one, 1996) about issues
of the image of the white person in African literatures and theories of
whiteness. Her articles on the subject (one appeared in 1995? in Research
in African Literatures) are also interesting. Best, Lisa

On Mon, 11 Dec 2000 jroos-AT-sato.helsinki.fi wrote:

> Sorry the crosspostings
> 
> Dear listmembers,
> I finished my master thesis called _Chicana Identities and Their 
> Representations in Films_ and now I am planning my Ph.D. I would like to 
> concentrate issues on whiteness, races and racism from gendered and 
> postcolonial point of view. I have quite good knowledge about USA but now I 
> would like make a slight shift and also to get to know whiteness and racism in 
> Europe. I am planning to compare the situation here in Finland and Zimbabwe, 
> but it will take some time, since my Finnish-Zimbabwean baby is to born in 
> Spring. But as you can well imagine I will be pondering the issues of races and 
> racism way into the future.
> 
> Richard Dyer 1997, 13, in his book _White_:
> "...North European whiteness has been hegemonic within whiteness that has none
> the less been assumed to include Southern and Eastern European peoples...it is
> this overarching hegemonic whiteness that concerns me, one to which Northern
> Europeans most easily lay claim but which is not be conflated whith distinctive
> Norht European identities."
> 
> I am also concerned about this hegemonic whiteness of Scandinavia. Is someone
> else interested in it? Have you done research about whiteness in Northern 
> Europe? Especially I am interested in ongoing project and works-in-progress. 
> Have you written or do you know good articles about whiteness in Europe? I 
> would be more than glad to receive any kind of information.
> 
> Thanks in advance
> Jonna Roos
> 
> jonna.roos-AT-helsinki.fi
> 
> 
> 
> I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me 
> must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised 
> or misunderstood. 
> - Audre Lorde - 
> 
> 
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