oa Alternation - Nationalism and feminism: Anne McClintock's reading of South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In her essay, ""No Longer in a Future Heaven"": women and nationalism in South Africa', Anne McClintock (1991: 109) focuses on the Afrikaner Vrouemonument (Women's Monument): 'erected in homage to the female victims of the (Anglo-Boer) war,' in which, '[i]n a circular enclosure, women stand weeping with their children'. McClintock theorises the image of weeping Afrikaner women in gender terms, as a by-product of Afrikaner patriarchal condescension, in which women were given a domesticated heroine status, in spite of historical evidence pointing to their having participated on the front-line of the war.

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