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Autonomy and the Other Woman: Queer Active Agency and Postcolonial Expectations

Barrett, J and Fong, R (2020) Autonomy and the Other Woman: Queer Active Agency and Postcolonial Expectations. In: Piotrowska, A, (ed.) Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 94-106. ISBN 9781474463560

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Deconstructing Zoe is a British documentary film about transgender actor Zoe/Chowee Leow (2016), directed by Chinese British filmmaker, Rosa Fong. Written together with British film scholar Jenny Barrett, the following chapter is presented as a self-conscious reflection upon the practices of documentary filmmaking and the critical analysis of the film’s subject from our different perspectives. It draws attention to a particular dilemma that arises in the enabling of a ‘voice’ to Zoe, a form of ethnographic statement in which she declares her transgender status and her racialised performance, and in the mediation of both the documentary format and the academic essay. The chapter is divided into two sections which indicate the author and help to create a negotiation of reflective practice and criticism. In the process, taking the lead from scholars Mohan J. Dutta and Ambar Basu in their
autoethnographic study of subalternity and neoliberalism (2018), we explore and interrogate our own positions of privilege and autonomy in a neoliberal environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Gender; Neoliberal; Oriental other; Performing Race; Post colonial; Queer active agency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2024 10:04
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2024 10:04
DOI or ID number: 10.1515/9781474463584-011
Editors: Piotrowska, A
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22326
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