This essay examines the iterations of patriarchy that seamlessly appear in heteronormative familial structures. Specifically, the paper illuminates the practice of patronymic naming—from surnames to name duplications (juniors) in the overarching framework of patriarchy. Such a framework contributes to the ubiquity and rigidity of naming practices and resists alternate ways of presenting generational offspring. Popular culture reinforces patriarchal normalcy via the ritual of representation. This essay explores the ritualized cementing of generational naming and the reverberations of masculine identity it encloses.
The End of the Story: Patriarchy
kimberly juanita brown’s work gathers at the intersection of literatures of the black diaspora and visual culture studies. She has been published in WSQ, Meridians, and TDR: The Drama Review. She is the author of The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press, 2015), which examines the proliferation of imagery, literary and visual, that emerges after the civil rights movement and contributes to a “failure of seeing” regarding black women’s corporeal vulnerabilities. She is currently at work on a second project examining images of the dead in the New York Times. Tentatively titled “Mortevivum: Photography and the Politics of the Visual,” this project explores photographic antiblackness and the patterns of national exclusion engendered by contemporary practices of looking.
Kimberly Juanita Brown; The End of the Story: Patriarchy. differences 1 December 2019; 30 (3): 152–165. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7974044
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