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Dermographia written on the skin or, how the Irish became white in India

Mohanram, Radhika 2005. Dermographia written on the skin or, how the Irish became white in India. European Journal of English Studies 9 (3) , pp. 251-270. 10.1080/13825570500363492

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Abstract

This article meditates on the meaning of skin and its politics and is divided into two parts. The first part is concerned with a historical/cultural examination of skin, linking it to theories of embodiment and colonialism/racism. In the second part, Rudyard Kipling's Kim is examined for its positing of the ambivalent-skinned Irish protagonist. The article concludes by scripting in the notion of postwhiteness, and attempts to provide a reading of skin alternative to the Cartesian comprehension of the mind-body split.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1382-5577
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 05:11
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/79677

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