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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 32–64.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Tracey Jean Boisseau Abstract This essay offers a close reading of Anne Moody’s widely read but under-theorized memoir of the civil rights movement, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968). This essay’s focus mirrors a main focus in Moody’s narrative: her relationship with her mother. Much of the body...
FIGURES
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Meridians (2003) 3 (2): 110–131.
Published: 01 March 2003
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 56–78.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Wiebke Beushausen Abstract This article offers a literary and cultural studies approach to sexual citizenship and belonging through a reading of the coming-of-age genre. Coming-of-age narratives, a primary mode of a womanist Caribbean diaspora poetics, offer fruitful ground for an analysis...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 358–371.
Published: 01 October 2019
.... bullying self-esteem Asian American coming of age body consciousness Copyright © 2019 Smith College 2019 ...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 239–249.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the latest chapter in a long history of often simultaneous progress and regression inherent to the pursuit of social justice in the United States, a fact I have witnessed personally over the course of my fifty-three years. 1 When I was a child growing up in the 1970s and a young woman coming of age...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2019
... a Moroccan speaker whose parents offer divergent maps for a sexual coming of age. The “law of the mother” calls for lovers who are “gentle with each other and take [their] time” nudging aside, rather than breaking, the membrane that stands between virginity and experience, much as a swimmer moves through...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 323–347.
Published: 01 October 2020
... and Esperanza’s violation therein underscores Esperanza’s repeated observation about the disconnect between the stories “they told” and her and her female community’s lived experiences. This is not the only paradox associated with coming of age as a female on Mango Street: the girls therein are forced...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 1–13.
Published: 01 April 2020
... “the nadir” of American race relations (Logan 1954 ), must have deeply affected the coming of age experience of a Black woman named Elmira “Toosweet” Moody Davis. Her daughter, iconic civil rights movement activist Anne Moody, wrote a now famous memoir, Coming of Age in Mississippi . In this memoir Moody...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 279–307.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., the language and political context that writers have access to in a particular time and place exert significant influence on how they represent sex and sexuality in their work. In this case, it is perhaps not surprising that given their coming of age in Puerto Rico during the mid 1940s and 1960s respectively...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 51–81.
Published: 01 September 2018
... coming of age on the eve of women’s liberation” (Biondi 2012 , 46). However, some of these (often unnamed) courageous and militant women had long since come of age. Webster Fabio arrived at San Francisco State some years ahead of its transformation from the hub of the San Francisco Renaissance...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 340–362.
Published: 01 December 2020
... activists, as many of them had no previous legislative lobbying experience. This moment also marked the political coming of age of the movement; this was the first coordinated congressional lobbying effort of the organization. The goal of the reproductive justice framework is to transform the way...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... was the quintessential migrant, navigating national borders that exist one day and are gone the next (e.g., Bangladesh came into being as she was coming of age, and its very formation became the rationalizing frame for Zara’s disappearance). The encounters that moved my m other from East Pakistan to West Pakistan...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 255–278.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to be a woman who proudly claims to be the “type to take care of mine” in an age of gross federal (read patriarchal) failure to serve and to protect? There is something remarkable, almost parodic, about this track with its sinuous chorus (“Sit on mama lap/Hey, hey/Come sit on mama lap”), and its insistence...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
... kinds of open how a diamond comes into a knot of flame how sound comes into a word, coloured by who pays what for speaking. —Audre Lorde, “Coal,” 1997 Every now and then, as the result of a personal encounter that has brought me tremendous joy or sadness, or as the outcome of an intense...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 November 2018
... on the street. I first felt this way around the age of ten or so, when I wanted to play with my brother and his male friends but was told to go home. I went home with tears in my eyes: I could not understand because I loved my brother, who was only eighteen months younger than me. I then sought to outsmart him...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 51–68.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Kum-Kum Bhavnani Copyright © 2000 Wesleyan University Press, now published by Duke University Press on behalf of Smith College 2000 I am an Indian woman who immigrated to London, England, with her family at the age of seven and eventually exchanged her Indian passport for a British one...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Love within a herstorical tradition of black and Third Wave feminists writing the maternal and the filial. Rebecca Walker ( 2007 , 45) writes in Baby Love that she came of age during the 1970s and 1980s, at a time when women were “calling to question the enterprise of motherhood.” She knew...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 September 2018
... discovered that it wasn’t only in my country and on my continent that women are abused. I learned of other places where being a woman is so much worse than it is here. What nobody could predict, not even the books in which I so believed, is what women experience, in the many versions and ages that I had come...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 229–245.
Published: 01 April 2021
.... That sucks . Was that a pitying expression on the salesgirl’s face? Go ahead and judge, bitch. Being a nonconformist comes with nasty looks just like a Happy Meal comes with fries. We rushed back into our dressing rooms, determined to outdo one another. Hey, you guys in there? My socked feet...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 325–330.
Published: 01 November 2018
... (Onyango 2017 ). Working with girls and women is simple, a passion. Frankly, the elevator pitch is easy. I work at ZanaAfrica as the managing editor of Nia Teen magazine and comics that target girls ages ten to fourteen, empowering them with engaging resources on menstrual health and reproductive...