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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 (2018) 17 (1): 82–96.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of Michigan Press . 11 Ingrid Banks ( 2000 , 88–97) arrives at a similar conclusion when a number of her heterosexual female interviewees express anxiety about cutting their hair because of ideas (obtained through opinions of friends, relatives, and partners) that they would be less desirable...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 255–278.
Published: 01 December 2020
.... Blige’s history-making Katrina telethon performance are central to this discussion. The original title of this article was “‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’: Black Female Soul Singing and the Politics of Surrogation in the Age of Catastrophe.” Copyright © 2008 Smith College 2008 surrogation...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 121–148.
Published: 01 March 2014
... for explorations of the mechanisms that create opportunities for black female expressions of agency, power, and wisdom in a novel long criticized for its stereotyping of women in general and black women in particular.' Printed for the first time in Herbert Hill's edited collection SoonOne Morning:NewWriting...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 88–120.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of 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 (2016) 14 (1): 148–176.
Published: 01 June 2016
.../black female bodies. As cultural artifacts, I argue that these poetic/political constructs give evidence of Afro- Brazilian female bodies as historical: on one hand, they represent the embodiment of “otherness” as they historically differ from the standards of (white) “normalcy;” on the other hand...
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Meridians (2005) 6 (1): 133–160.
Published: 01 September 2005
... the complexities of national and transnational pasts with contemporary manifestations of racial, gender, and sexual politics and histories. Geling Yan's TheLostDaughterofHappinessproblematizes the narrative conventions used to depict diasporic Chinese female subjects (2001).i Her examination offemale subjectivity...
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Meridians (2007) 7 (2): 71–100.
Published: 01 March 2007
... of oppression of the female body. This language of the body does not rely on essentialist parameters of “race” or of women's “nature.” On the contrary, by depicting rape as universal, non-culture–specific issue, Keller's novel sketches a mother–daughter relationship where the daughter finds a way to identify...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 180–204.
Published: 01 September 2008
... creates a particular kind of black feminist surrogation, that is, an embodied performance that recycles palpable forms of black female sociopolitical grief and loss as well as spirited dissent and dissonance. Their combined efforts mark a new era of protest singing that sonically resists, revises...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 93–129.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Jennifer Thorington Springer Abstract “‘Roll It Gal’: Alison Hinds, Female Empowerment, and Calypso” examines the ways in which Caribbean women's bodies, namely those of black women, have been overly sexualized in calypsos. More importantly, this article examines how Hinds (re)claims calypso...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 166–176.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Females Non-white Females $6,704 $4, 2 77 $3,991 $2,86r Those industries which employ mainly black women are the most exploitative in the country. Domestic and hospital workers are good examples of this oppression; the garment workers in New York City provide us with another view of this economic slavery...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 58–87.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Sam Vásquez Abstract Despite striking similarities in their work and increased attention to the transnational Americas, there are few detailed comparisons between writers such as Toni Morrison (the most lauded African American female author of the twentieth century), and Jamaica Kincaid (the most...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 144–179.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Pavitra Sundar Abstract “ Meri Awaaz Suno : Women, Vocality, and Nation in Hindi Cinema” analyzes the theme sony of the Bollywood blockbuster Lagaan (2001) to understand how playback singers' voices become sites for the construction of national identity. Lata Mangeshkar monopolized female playback...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 29–59.
Published: 01 March 2013
... infuse Indian female beauty with affective capacities that reassemble the semantic messages of exoticism, commodification, gendered nationalism, and transnational mobility that underwrite Indian female beauty's attachments to an elite cosmopolitanism at the end of the twentieth century. In Lahiri's...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 193–217.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to the putatively “original” culture. In contrast to this tendency, reading Han’s original and Smith’s translation together makes visible the damages that both colonization and nationalism have inflicted on the representation of female experiences. In the end, what truly scandalizes nationalist critics...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (2): 374–398.
Published: 01 October 2023
...Cherise Fung Abstract In a post-9/11 world, the figure of the female suicide bomber has emerged as a contentious figure in global discourse. Through the character of Saraswathi, Nayomi Munaweera’s novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors (2012) foregrounds how the construction of this subaltern figure...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 78–98.
Published: 01 September 2014
...dann j. Broyld Abstract Harriet Tubman and female fugitives from the United States maintained elevated expectations for British Canada during the late antebellum period. Their quest to reach Canadian soil was twofold: they wanted to resist enslavement in America, and also to sidestep sexual...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 28–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Cassandra Fetters Abstract Taking feminist relational psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin's ideas of “mutual recognition” as foundation, and studying the female relationships—mothers and daughters and friends—in Toni Morrison's Sula, I trace the complexities of the psychological development of Nel...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and gender. It reveals how adoption memoirs challenge fixed identities based on stereotypes to present suppressed, female perspectives on adoption and immigration processes that oppose patriarchal hierarchies. This work contributes to our understanding of what autobiography represents for female...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 464–490.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Sam Vásquez Abstract Paule Marshall’s short story “To Da-duh” offers a pioneering theorization of transnationalism for black Caribbean women, particularly Barbadian women. Examining black female characters’ navigation of archetypcal environments in symbolically loaded vehicles and interrogating...