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Meridians (2016) 14 (2): 25-45.
Published: 01 September 2016
... interpretations of the poem at several meetings of Afro-descendant social movements across the Americas, I was also bearing witness to the process by which creative cultural expressions become politicized and popularized by their audiences, especially Afro-descendant women, to reflect a collective desire, goal...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 163-183.
Published: 01 September 2018
... “Americanah” identity—the repatriated immigrant “with odd affectations, pretending to no longer know” home (2013a, 78)—also presents a unique observation of the ways that black hair and its commerce are also attendant, if not central, to notions of feminist ideology, both African and Western, advocated by...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 91-97.
Published: 01 September 2011
... condition, even in prose and poetry, our words from January 12th are laced with strands of critical observation. This collection seeks both to honor the feminist tradition of using different genres to tell stories and also to assure that the blurring of these genres does, in fact, offer a more nuanced...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 330-352.
Published: 01 March 2017
... studies are useful in assessing gender and power dynamics in Onwueme’s play. Since these studies sometimes valorize pre-colonial pasts, I also look at feminist responses to such an idealization, again with Onwueme’s play as a reference point. In accounting for “polygamous postcolonialsm,” which I define...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 204-232.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Anastasia Curwood Abstract Shirley Chisholm (1924–2005) conducted a long political career in the service of black feminist ideas. Her 1972 run for President is the most famous of her efforts, but she also served fourteen years in Congress (1969–1983), serving Brooklyn, New York. As a holder of...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 56-78.
Published: 01 March 2016
... interconnectedness of citizenship, sexuality, race, and bodily integrity in the Jamaican context, while also critically reflecting on those circumstances under which access to sexual rights is either granted or denied. I argue that a focus on women's sexual citizenship in literature expands formal notions of...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 164-188.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Basuli Deb Abstract Photography, not only by imperial men but also by imperial women, has played a significant role in portraying the Muslim woman as the apolitical exotic of orientalist fantasies. The legacy of colonial photography by European women travelers continues to haunt the media of the...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (1): 31-60.
Published: 01 September 2009
... become obsolete upon migration, or that these gendered expectations are uniquely “ethnic Chinese.” On the contrary, the “old” values are reinvented and invoked by the Chinese immigrant working-class patriarchy to build and sustain its power in U.S. society. Therefore, this patriarchy also implicates the...
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Meridians (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 (2018) 17 (1): 133-149.
Published: 01 September 2018
.... However, Dove-Danquah stands out among this group as a writer whose fiction not only challenged colonial and racial legacies but also called into question male value systems that denied female subjectivity, and envisioned a “new woman” who could challenge them. The essay analyzes Dove-Danquah’s portraits...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 41-62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... often lauded for helping to fill in the gaps of the dominant historical archive by providing access to silenced histories of the Americas, yet contemporary Chicana/o texts such as Like Son also challenge the epistemologies and power structures that undergird institutional archives. Copyright © 2019...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 161-182.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in A New Day in Old Sana’a to tease out the peculiarities of love and marriage against a backdrop of intersecting socioeconomic factors such as tradition, gender, race, and national class. The essay, affirmed by Hirsi himself, also makes use of interdisciplinarity to evaluate how Hirsi’s film...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 40-64.
Published: 01 December 2016
....” During meetings, discussions ranged from popular culture and political events to everyday experiences with racism, sexism, and other burning topics that need sisterly advice. Eventually the group became a place where members not only supported and leaned on each other’s shoulders for comfort, but also...
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Meridians (2016) 15 (1): 245-268.
Published: 01 December 2016
..., articles, video clips, and music lyrics. The lesson plan is also designed to provide students with foundational exposure and meaning making experiences in black feminist thought as research tool and as a system of thought for reading and interpreting texts and the social world. Additionally, this essay...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 186-203.
Published: 01 September 2015
... today, is influenced by African matriarchal traditions, although it is surrounded by the realities of a patriarchal world, and these traditions come into play in its organization and mission. Liking is not only the mother of ideas at the Village, but also of the poor, marginalized, and sometimes...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 123-147.
Published: 01 March 2016
... necessity of what Erica Johnson has recently termed the “neo-archive”: works of art and literature that “create history in the face of its absence.” Brand, significantly, adopts the practice not only for purposes of historical recovery, but also to document the psychological and emotional risks of such work...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 94-120.
Published: 01 June 2016
... local communities. It also explores why they are the main political actors interpreting the racial, gender, and class dynamics of urban development policies and fighting to reform projects of socio-spatial inclusion in cities. Bridging the scholarly gap between black feminist theorization and the...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 121-147.
Published: 01 June 2016
...-Brazilian women's experiences in relation to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It also examines black women's HIV/AIDS activism and argues for the importance of an intersectional approach to HIV/AIDS research and health policy in Brazil. Copyright © 2016 Smith College 2016 ...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (1): 148-176.
Published: 01 June 2016
... carry both the silenced histories of racial and sexual exploitation and the appeal of hyper-sexualized and exoticized stereotypes. I am also interested in discussing how these writings/writers articulate notions and images connected to discourses of mestiçagem in order to rewrite black women's bodies...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 79-111.
Published: 01 September 2018
... theory. The trajectories of Monique Wittig's and Michel Foucault's works provide examples of the productivity of translations. They also stand for different feminist strategies of thinking sex that after a closer examination do not seem so radically opposed any more. Through this analysis the...