The essays in this volume map the concerns of gender onto the terrain of nation, finding significant connections, disjunctions and tensions between them. The contributors argue that gender must take centre stage in any cultural analysis performed in the context of decolonized nation-space. They explore gender as a point of crisis in the cultural, social and political space of a nation. They attribute the existence of these crises to conflicts between gender, on the one hand, and the family, community and nation on the other. These are then analyzed in terms of female identity, subjectivity and agency within a narrative of historical modernity.