In dissembling a lost people's monolith of identity, Bou Nassar, ironically perhaps, essentializes
everything there is in that collective identity.
I use "myth" here in a sense similar to that in which Roland Barthes uses it to refer to a form of "depoliticized speech" that structures social consciousness and essentializes
particular conditions and interests in a way that the values of a particular class are articulated as those of the entire nation.
To that end, it proposes distinguishing, per national specificity, between academic discussions about Islam and modernity; public debates about whether Islam recognizes the principle of separation of church and state; the public clamour which essentializes
Islam; and the forms of inciting hatred, such as discourse associated to the death of Theo van Gogh, etc.
Though he cites contemporary literary criticism that examines "postsouthernness," discussing the works of Martyn Bone and Scott Romine, he ultimately rejects any reading that claims the South becomes illusory when we deconstruct the idea of place: "That notion essentializes
the South, as though the region disappears when one loses some older construction of it.
10), only to continue with a brief overview of a thousand-year history of Croatia that anachronistically essentializes
and historicizes the Croatian nation as an entity fighting for its territory and sovereignty, against foreign domination.
By ending with a tentative problematic, she deduces that multi essentializes
, post historicizes, studies systematizes, and politics propagandizes, and that, globally, culturalism fosters not communities of communities but otherness itself.
Of course, such academic segregation works against African Americanists of all races, since it essentializes
blackness and ensures that the African American medievalist will be asked to teach African American literature while the "white" African Americanist will rarely be hired.
Berkin never essentializes
those experiences, however, but is intent on demonstrating how gender identities across space and time are social constructions.
Chance, in her somewhat opaque introduction, raises the question of whether feminist theory essentializes
women, and whether this essentialization may be adopted as a political stance: this question of how gender functions politically, in the medieval as in the modern period, is perhaps the central issue of the study, and the accompanying theoretical perspective functions to liberate medieval women writers from the constraints of biological essentialism by rendering them self-conscious creators of gender and text.
The fact is that a woman dressed as a transvestite is an excessive figure, intolerable from a number of viewpoints, including not only that of conventional good taste but, apparently, that of the sort of feminism that essentializes
gender in the quest for representation.
Fusing the person with the crime, it essentializes
and dehumanizes the former.
Doreatha Drummon Mbalia essentializes
the text by summing up its 'meaning": " 'Damballah' celebrates African history by reclaiming the African in African-American literature.