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.
Expostulations and Replies
Ann duCille, emerita professor of English at Wesleyan University, is currently a visiting member of the faculty at the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (csrea) at Brown University. She is the author of Technicolored: Reflections on Race in the Time of tv (Duke University Press, 2018), Skin Trade (Harvard University Press, 1996), and The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women’s Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1993), as well as numerous articles in the fields of American and African American studies, popular culture, and feminist theory.
Hortense Spillers, Ann duCille; Expostulations and Replies. differences 1 September 2018; 29 (2): 6–20. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-6999746
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