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Meridians (2010) 10 (1): 81–110.
Published: 01 September 2010
... identity, and even her heroine function as excellent examples of academe's increasingly complex contemporary interpretations of black and white literary production in the modernist American moment. The episodic adventures of Quicksand 's heroine, Helga Crane, reveal the problematic interplay of desire and...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 15–41.
Published: 01 March 2010
...L. Ayu Saraswati Abstract Previous scholarship on the immense popularity of skin-whitening frames this practice as revealing women's desire to emulate whiteness and upper class white populations (Burke 1996; Peiss 1998; Hall 2005). Others have focused on whitening practices to highlight the working...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 363–388.
Published: 01 December 2020
...L. Ayu Saraswati Abstract Previous scholarship on the immense popularity of skin-whitening frames this practice as revealing women’s desire to emulate whiteness and upper class White populations. Others have focused on whitening practices to highlight the working of racialized color hierarchy and...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 123–147.
Published: 01 March 2016
.... At the Full suggests that though neo-archives can reconstruct silenced histories, such reconstructions cannot always provide catharsis. For instance, Brand's character Eula desires a coherent record of her family's past, yet this desire is thwarted by the scarcity and illegibility of written...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 261–292.
Published: 01 September 2008
... black (post)modern desires, as well as the potential to think through historical echoes of the current controversies and debates around exactly what constitutes “appropriate” black sexuality. Even as it offers a venue for acts of self-representation, pleasure, and exchange, hip-hop porn's brand of...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (1): 137–163.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Samantha Pinto Abstract “Why must all girls want to be flag women?” laments one critic regarding what he sees as the infiltration of “Carnival” culture into the performative desires of Indo-Trinidadian women. The intersections of soca, a form of music derived from the traditional Carnival genre of...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 29–59.
Published: 01 March 2013
... stories, beauty operates as a deeply, if unevenly, socializing force within moments of cross-cultural and interracial encounter, generating affects such as estrangement, identification, and desire, which open onto articulations of citizenship and belonging. The essay further argues that Lahiri's...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 88–120.
Published: 01 March 2014
... history, this essay argues that Southgate rewrites the script of black female desire beyond sexual subjugation and racial stereotype over the course of the novel's three generations of mothers and daughters. Southgate reveals the importance of black women controlling the narrative of black female...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 78–98.
Published: 01 September 2014
... exploitation and gender degradation. Female runaways and refugees reasoned that their dual desires could be achieved in Canada, both because slavery had been abolished there via the Imperial Act of 1834 and because Queen Victoria's reign, starting in 1837, gave the impression of greater esteem and rights for...
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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 (2017) 15 (2): 435–463.
Published: 01 March 2017
... theories of diaspora. Black women’s writing practices illuminate how they shift diaspora from a concept of separation, loss and exile into one that includes desire, communion and possibility. Engaging black women’s autobiography and black feminist thinking, the essay sets forth an assortment of letters...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 482–507.
Published: 01 October 2019
... desires of participants. The authors end by summarizing their ethical and methodological practices in light of inequalities at the intersection of citizenship status, class, nation, race, and other categories of asymmetrical power. These inequalities shape the authors’ attempts to reorganize conventional...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
... writings by Sandra Cisneros and John Rechy—expand the queer and Chicana identifications and desires, and contest narrow, patriarchal nationalisms. By deploying critical race psychoanalysis and semiotics, we can unpack the libidinal investments in the brown female body, as seen in both in popular...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 427–452.
Published: 01 October 2020
... freedom dreams must include gender and sexual liberation. By considering BLM’s rejection of capitalism as a broader critique of neoliberalism’s forceful role in maintaining black dispossession, the author posits that BLM desires to disrupt the state’s tendency to use the black middle class to enact...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2010
... these analyses provides an account of how, for some Asian American women, the model-minority racial project has so significantly impacted their subjects formation that the transition to Women of Color politics becomes a desired yet delicate and anxiety-producing task. In this paper, I introduce the...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 244–246.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Road that my family was removed from, and already by the way I inhabited my body, I showed that I didn’t belong there. I was No Name. Now I can walk up to the shop assistant and hand her what I desire and pay for it, go into debt for it, and know that this is mine, this is me. I am not generic. Not No...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 183–205.
Published: 01 April 2019
... the continuation of patrilineage, a measure of purity, cleanliness, and safety. Two uses of the black Breast survive emancipation and are ever present in Condé’s novel: the use of the Breast to nourish white children and the use of the Breast to satisfy white male sexual desire. The latter points to...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... obfuscates an understanding of the past and one’s own desires. 10 This recalls Derrida’s use of an inscription in Freud’s archive to ground his argument of the archive’s limitlessness. 9 There has been some recent work to recover Nahui Olin’s art and writing, for example, Adriana Malvido’s...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 279–307.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Torregrosa discuss their lives as professional women in narratives that disrupt expectations of heterosexual coupling and motherhood as the inevitable paths for Puerto Rican women. However, the issue of same-sex desire is tentatively approached but concurrently understated and minimized by these authors...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 11–38.
Published: 01 April 2021
... ostracism and death of the widow protagonist and ultimately contribute to hegemonic ideas of the impossibility of widow remarriage” (24). Even in such overdetermined narratives, however, Shandilya shows how it is possible for the reader to glean traces of the widow’s subjectivity as “desiring subject...