In this lively intellectual exchange—occasioned in part by the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Hortense Spillers’s revolutionary essay “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”—the renowned black feminist theorist responds to eleven questions posed by Ann duCille, guest editor of a special issue of differences on “black marriage.” Their exchange ranges from the meaning of marriage in the throes and wake of slavery to Spillers’s thoughts on the state of black feminist studies.

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