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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 233–245.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Abena P. A. Busia Abstract This essay is a reflection of the monumental Women Writing Africa project by one of the project’s three editors. Over the course of two decades, the project published four volumes documenting the history of literary expression by African women throughout the continent...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 338–358.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué Abstract Utilizing interdisciplinary and multimethodological approaches, this essay explores women’s roles in buttressing the political cohesion of secessionist movements in postcolonial Africa. It argues that African women have supported the actions of male...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
...-Writing .” Identity, Culture and Politics 2 , no. 1 : 1 – 39 . Mol A. 2008 . The Logic of Care: Health and the Problem of Patient Choice . London : Routledge . Mupotsa Danai . 2010 . “ If I Could Write This in Fire: African Feminist Ethics for Research in Africa .” Agenda...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of us refer to as a countermemory by subverting the canon. I witnessed this firsthand during my twelve-year involvement in editing one of the anthologies of Women Writing Africa . Another victory is the ability of these feminists to resist male hegemonic political and social discourses and become...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Msia Kibona Clark Abstract Women hip hop artists in Africa have created spaces for themselves within hip hop’s (hyper)masculine culture. They have created these spaces in order to craft their own narratives around gender and sexuality and to challenge existing narratives. This research uses African...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 133–149.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Folly of Love . Edited by Newell Stephanie . Leiden : Korninklijke . Newell Stephanie , ed. 1997 . Writing African Women: Gender, Popular Culture and Literature in West Africa . London : Zed Books . Newell Stephanie . 2000 . Ghanaian Popular Fiction . Oxford : James...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2018
... The past ten years have produced exciting scholarship by African feminists documenting experiences and stories of women in different regions of the continent. In particular, projects funded by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s annual Gender Institute and the...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 September 2018
... for a kind of cosmic escape from oppression. Allying Martinique with Haiti and ultimately with Africa shows that beneath the camouflage of a model colony—whose men have served as colonial administrators in West Africa, whose women have been concubines and lovers, whose children have learned French...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
... women, is a project also taken up in the three texts discussed here: Tina Campt’s Listening to Images (2017), Michelle D. Commander’s Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic (2017), and Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016). One of Hartman’s most...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 246–268.
Published: 01 November 2018
.../%3fsource=dam . BBC News . 2013 . “ Nigeria: ‘Many Dead in Boko Haram Raid’ in Borno State .” May 8 . www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-22444417 . Bloom M. , and Matfess H. 2016 . “ Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram’s Terror .” Peace 6 , no. 1 : 105 – 21 . Brigaglia...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 161–182.
Published: 01 April 2019
... embodies Yemen’s heritage, which includes the historical influence of the Horn of Africa and its relationship with the West. Copyright © 2019 Smith College 2019 love tradition national class race gender Yemen Horn of Africa cinema Bader Hirsi (1968–) is a Yemeni British filmmaker and...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 51–81.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., invokes Webster Fabio’s memory with a different valence. “The macho philosophy of the Black Power/Black Arts Movement,” he writes, “resulted in so many demeaning experiences for the women that many of them began to protest and eventually break away. Older women who had been raising children and servicing...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 183–205.
Published: 01 April 2019
... sexed, the sexual, and gender—foregrounding the female. In short, Condé is teaching us to read liquid. In “The Laugh of the Medusa,” the French feminist Hélène Cixous ( 1995 ) urges that women write woman using their bodies and that writing in “white ink,” or breast milk, will prompt a reunion with...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 82–96.
Published: 01 September 2018
... hair has been both overdetermined and underexplored as a site of intellectual inquiry. This essay aims to offer a critical examination of natural black hair as a central site of interpersonal negotiation for black women in the United States. Drawing on performance studies, cultural studies, and black...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 219–231.
Published: 01 November 2018
... avenues of feminist writing. In her personal reflection “Creating the Archive of African Women’s Writing: Reflecting on Feminism, Epistemology, and the Women Writing Africa Project,” Abena P. A. Busia returns us to the genesis of one of the great achievements of the African feminist literary canon: the...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
... ideology and power. 4 In a public conversation among a group of women, two sisters confronted me about my sexual behavior, implying that I was promiscuous and that I had an uncontrollable urge to have sex all the time. In Southern Africa there is a deep undercurrent of learned racial bigotry, which...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 309–324.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Lagos. Beginning in the early 1920s elite women reformers had been writing petitions to the Lagos Colony government to “prohibit children of both sexes from hawking about the streets until boys have attained the age of 12 and girls 16.” In a letter from Charlotte Obasa ( 1926 ), a leading figure in...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 325–330.
Published: 01 November 2018
... rights. We envision a world where girls and women in East Africa are educated and live healthy, productive lives. ZanaAfrica also creates menstrual pads and engages in activist and policy work. Our driving mission is to realize a world in which menstrual health management is recognized as a human right...