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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 330–352.
Published: 01 March 2017
... deploys the idea of polygamy in Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah (1987) in contrast to the exploration of polygamy in Nigerian-American dramatist Tess Onwueme’s early play The Reign of Wazobia (1988) , written a year after Chinua Achebe’s novel. As a third generation African writer, and one whose...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (1): 114–139.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Erica L. Johnson Abstract In this article I argue that Cliff's portrait of the nineteenth-century African American abolitionist, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist Mary Ellen Pleasant participates in a genre of subaltern historiography that I term “ghostwriting.” Cliff was inspired to write...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 32–64.
Published: 01 April 2020
... narrative” for its use of personal narrative to expose the continuing institutional oppression of African Americans in the twentieth century. I do not disagree that Rishoi has identified important shared ground between Coming of Age and nineteenth-century abolitionist memoirs and that our appreciation...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (2): 334–349.
Published: 01 October 2022
... Toni Morrison African American narrative A Mercy women Toni Morrison’s novel, A Mercy (2008), is a historical narrative of national becoming, set amidst the rich and wild landscape of America at the end of the seventeenth century. Its characters are shaped by their simultaneous connections...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 94–151.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Joyce C. Follet Abstract This essay offers a historical overview of African American women’s efforts to gain access to contraception, from the early stirrings of the campaign to legalize birth control in the 1910s to the eve of mass movements for racial equality and women’s rights in the 1960s...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 50–77.
Published: 01 September 2014
... among African American cultural producers and interrogate how these works constitute resistance narratives through their mobilization ofTubman's iconic status as a self- and communal liberator. I further consider the place for these cultural works in the larger context of American national narratives...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 343–350.
Published: 01 March 2018
... (Corrigan 2005). Only a small percentage (7 percent) of African American women will seek treatment for mental health (Beauboeuf-Lafontant 2007). The fear of seeking mental health assistance adds a layer of shame and invisibility that leaves Black women without a safe place to land, take off their capes...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 58–87.
Published: 01 March 2014
..." later in the text, hissing its new meaning at readers and dramatizing its dissatisfaction with the "original" narrative and the Westerner's insistence on "seeing" according to problematic standards. Wall's description of "African American oral forms, such as folktales, sermons, spirituals, and blues...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2018
.... She glances over it and with a look of mistrust retorts, “But you speak English? I still think you are American and a journalist. It is rare to see black people come to do research here. Are you really African or African American?” I smile again, nodding and shaking my head at the same time...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 464–490.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., and highlight the ways in which the Barbadian-American writer claims kinship with various African diasporic communities. Marshall's memoir represents the triangle as a symbol of the African diasporic/ transnational individual, and such formations abound when one examines her work. In keeping with Marshall's...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 205–217.
Published: 01 December 2016
... enterintoandji.d[yengagwe iththetopic. Meridians:feminisrmac, et,ransnationalis1m5, no. 1 (2016): 205-217. Copyright© 2016 Smith College. doi: 10.2979/meridians.15.r.n 205 What bell Taught Me (activism-starting at the place where you stand) Several researchers have demonstrated that African American women...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 340–362.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Organization in 1986, Asians and Pacific Islanders for Reproductive Health (now known as Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) in 1989, and the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center in 1988 (Silliman et al. 2004 ). Loretta Ross has shown how African American women were actively...
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Meridians (2005) 6 (1): v–ix.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of A Voicferom theSouth(1892), the first book-length African American feminist text written during a period when women, newly empowered by social and technological, found themselves having to negotiate with the nationalistic paradigms that were also emerging at the time. Cooper's strategy incorporated what Glass...
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Meridians (2004) 5 (1): 40–65.
Published: 01 September 2004
... to terms with myself as a rising middle-class, American woman of African descent. I found myself positioned in ways that fostered feelings of displacement, discomfort, and unease-of not being at home. This experience led me to consider why the desire for a sense of community was a salient (although...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 491–506.
Published: 01 March 2017
... to include a fuller accounting for African-American/Afro-Caribbean relations (Ropero, 40). 6 Through her descriptions of place, Marshall foreshadows the themes ofintra-racial interethnic conflict that the narrative will explore more deeply in its portrayal of what sociologist Juan Flores has described...
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Meridians (2003) 3 (2): 171–203.
Published: 01 March 2003
... choreopoem,for coloredgirlswhohaveconsideredsuicidewhenthe rainbowwasenuf(1975), that featured over twenty prominent African American scholars, political commentators, and activists, including Robert Staples (who wrote an essay in a prior issue to which everyone responded) (1979a), Alvin Poussaint (1979...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 42–65.
Published: 01 March 2010
... (Silliman et al. 2004). Loretta Ross has shown how African American women were actively involved in the birth control movement in the early part of the twentieth century (Ross 1992).College-educated, middle-class African American women were actively involved in their communities with the sole purpose...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 218–242.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Bonnie J. Williams-Farrier Abstract Code-switching and code-meshing pedagogies, though they are two vastly different approaches, do not consider that some features of African American Verbal Tradition (AVT) are and/or have become rhetorically effective mainstream communication structures...
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Meridians (2005) 6 (1): 224–226.
Published: 01 September 2005
... at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American and American literature. Glass received her Ph.D. in Literature from U.C. San Diego in June 2004. She is currently nearing the completion of her book-length manuscript "Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism...
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Meridians (2006) 6 (2): 93–116.
Published: 01 March 2006
... ofrepresentations of the self, the social, and the political? (Boldrini and Davies 2004, v). My response to both questions is in the affirmative because, as African literatures become more and more institutionalized in the American and European curricula, we need to reexamine the conventional ways we read...