Women, place and myth-making: a post-colonical perspective



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Jones, D. L. (1996). Women, place and myth-making: a post-colonical perspective. In H. Maes-Jelinek, G. Collier & G. V. Davis (Eds.), A Talent(ed) Digger: Creations, Cameos, and Essays in Honour of Anna Rutherford (pp. 191-202). Amsterdam: Rodopi.


Women and Place are frequently mythologized in relation to one another. That key myth of origin for Western culture - the Old Testament story of the Creation and Fall-links the two by holding Eve responsible for our loss of paradise and consequent exile into a thorny wilderness of privation and hard work. Mythologies of place arising from colonization also draw on images of paradise, its loss and hopes for recovery, sometimes representing both the imperial power and the colonized terrain as female. From the perspective of indigenous peoples in settler societies, however, myths of a lost paradise take on particular poignancy.

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