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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
... second-generation black and Third Wave feminist daughter and mother, forwards a child-and-parent-centric model of motherhood that privileges biological bonds over chosen bonds (e.g., step, adoptive, othermothers) with one’s children. A self-identified bisexual woman, Walker centralizes in Baby Love a...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 548–558.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Karsonya Wise Whitehead Abstract Alice Walker in her book, In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden , notes that when you write the book you want to read, you are both pointing and following your “direction of vision.” As a writer and a Black feminist scholar, the author understood this to mean that she...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Jocelyn Fenton Stitt Abstract The relationship of the enslaved past to the present has been an ongoing topic within African diaspora studies generally, and within Black feminist studies specifically. This essay traces a Black feminist genealogy rooted in Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 482–507.
Published: 01 October 2019
... Black Feminist Diasporas .” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 14 , no. 2 : v – ix . Arar Rawan . 2017 . Bearing Witness to the Refugee Crisis: Western Audiences and Jordanian Humanitarian Workers . Washington, DC : Middle East Institute . Birman Dina . 2006...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 522–547.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Lena Palacios Abstract This essay, with accompanying lesson plan, explores how race-radical Black and Indigenous feminists theorize and resist the carceral state violence of White settler nations of Canada and the United States. It focuses on the theoretical interventions driven by Indigenous and...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 32–64.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of literary criticism, as well as historical writings dealing with African American mother-daughter conflict, centers on the observation that Black mothers have often found themselves in conflict with daughters whom they seek to protect by schooling them in accommodationist behavior to better survive...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
... (located within particular geohistories) and the decision to start from a place of selfing . As a black nonbinary feminist located in Africa and of no particular disciplinary formation, my research nonmethods are most likely the kind that Achille Mbembe ( 2001 , 2) would categorize as “opus dogmas and...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Patricia McFadden Abstract This essay theorizes contemporarity as a new framework for Black feminist resistances—personal and sociopolitical—and explores reimagined lived realities as a crucial site for the generation of new feminist epistemologies and alternative ways of living. Given the failures...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 439–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Jennifer C. Nash Abstract This article studies love as a distinct, transformative, and radical Black feminist politic. By closely sitting with the work of Alice Walker, June Jordan, and Audre Lorde, this article treats love-politics as another political tradition that has emerged from within the...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 1–12.
Published: 01 December 2020
... ). 2 Meridians authors are largely—though not exclusively— women of color: Black diasporic, South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African, Asian American, Latin@/Latin American/Caribbean, Native American Indian/Indigenous, and multiracial. They are typically feminist interdisciplinarians whose...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 484–507.
Published: 01 December 2020
... behind the burqa . For instance, a 1937 photograph taken by the British explorer Freya Stark, who traveled widely in the Middle East and Afghanistan, captures the diminutive figure of a Kuwaiti woman in a black burqa , rendered even more minuscule against the high walls of the buildings and long...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 65–84.
Published: 01 April 2020
.... Thinking through a feminism of queer/ed erotic autonomy also helps us understand the resistance to the financialized present. It might point us to the ways the “culture of poverty” script identified those eligible for subprime mortgages—the supposedly unreliable, profligate, brown and black women with...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
... viceroy butterfly—an orange butterfly with black markings—is a recurring motif in López’s images. In an artist statement, López discusses her choice of the viceroy butterfly, which resembles, and indeed mimics, the better known monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly, unlike the viceroy, is poisonous to...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 April 2019
...), bearing the name of the Virgin Mary, removing a page from a mounted wall calendar and revealing the date: May 10, Mother’s Day. Doña María’s gray hair is fixed in a bun, and she wears a black, long-sleeve dress with a knitted white collar, emphasizing her Victorian sensibilities. The audience is also...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 250–270.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., 109–10, 117–18, 153–56, 162–63). Black women elicited bureau officials’ sympathy by casting themselves as embodiments of the domestic ideal—as good mothers and wives in need. Bureau agents felt that their status as northern white men obligated them to shield black mothers and children from harm (11–15...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... resulted in a pregnancy. My mother, hot with rage and fear, took Neha to get an abortion and stayed with her through the day. She filled Neha’s ears with soothing songs, massaged her body with a cooling balm, slowly braided her long, black hair, and with love born out of fear, caressed what was left of her...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 338–358.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Francophone background. But as I explained, having lived most of my life in the United States as a black woman, I identified with the sociopolitical marginalization of Anglophone Cameroonians, even if our grievances differed because of different geographical and historical contexts. This explanation seemed to...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 463–483.
Published: 01 December 2020
... convention, then the application of the title “Mother” for Tubman can, alternatively, be interpreted as celebrating and supporting a wholly different impetus, that of fostering insurgent households. From this standpoint we could view Black feminist counter-memory at work: the “Mother” in “Mother Tubman” may...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 163–183.
Published: 01 September 2018
... 2009 , 47). Thus lynching in America became not only a means of violent domination but a means of social control: “The hanging bodies of black women—grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters—were deadly reminders to the black community that no one, not even a mother, was safe from a lynch...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 255–278.
Published: 01 December 2020
... figure to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the (singing) voice of Black female testimony and social critique. As political scientist and Black feminist scholar Melissa Harris-Lacewell cogently observes in her forthcoming study on the disaster: “It is on the bodies, lives and minds of Black...