Language Teaching 2023-02-09T22:41:57+08:00 Vicky Shen Open Journal Systems <p>Language Teaching (LT) is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among teachers and researchers in the field of Language Teaching. The journal is published semi-annual in both print and online versions. The scope of Language Teaching (LT) includes the following fields: Theory and practice in language teaching and learning, second language learning and teaching, language teachers’ training and education.</p> Imperialism and Gender in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians 2023-02-09T22:41:57+08:00 Shadi S. Neimneh <p>Considering how power relations govern the construction of race and gender, this article looks at the ambivalent relationship between the Magistrate and the "barbarian" girl in J. M. Coetzee's novel <em>Waiting for the Barbarians </em>(1980), exploring intersections between imperialism and gender and negotiating how issues of representation are implicated in questions of identity construction. It highlights how identities inflicted by gender are constructed in imperial discourse: first by the colonizer who speaks the language of power and inscribes on the colonized meanings serving imperialism; second by the humanist colonizer who fails to relate to the other on equal terms except for a position of "feminized" weakness; and third by the resistant colonial subject eluding imperial constructions yet still manipulated in language. Between the discourses of pain and humanism, the colonized body remains a malleable yet impenetrable object of colonial discourses. Coetzee subverts dominant gender boundaries, aligning oppressive patriarchal practices with imperialism while undermining hegemonic ideologies that construct gender through the figure of the enigmatic other.</p> 2023-02-08T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##