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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 211–235.
Published: 01 September 2008
... ofTricia Rose's historiography of hip-hop, BlackNoise:RapMusicand BlackCulturein MAKO FITTS "DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT" 213 ContemporaryAmerica.Using historical analysis, Rose describes the beginnings of hip-hop culture, with its blend of artistic expressions that underscored the sociopolitical authenticity...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 53–73.
Published: 01 September 2008
..." rubbed the conquest in the face of her competitor with lyrics like: "you upset cause you one stuck up bitch, maybe he needed a change, needed a switch." Because I had given up such language and competition long before, I found it difficult to embrace another "sista" who openly competed with another woman...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Emily Lederman Abstract This essay argues that a queer archive in Felicia Luna Lemus’s Like Son (2007) recovers the historical Mexican figure Nahui Olin and allows the trans protagonist to navigate less tangible inheritances, including a destructive romantic legacy and a complex Mexican American...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 186–203.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Cheryl Toman Abstract In 1978, Cameroonian author and playwright Werewere Liking moved to Abidjan, Côte-d'lvoire where she was able to find an artistic freedom and energy that was not possible at the time in her native Cameroon. In Abidjan, she created the artistic center and residence known...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 84–89.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Uddipana Goswami Abstract A reflection on the different forms that violence against women takes in militarized societies like that in Assam in Northeast India. A young girl living with an abusive father is married off to an abusive husband. Like other women living with quotidian violence, she...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (2): 298–322.
Published: 01 October 2021
... and apprehending Muslims. Given technological innovations, like autocorrect functions that “correct” conversations about the “racialization” of Muslims to the “radicalization” of Muslims (to give one example), algorithmic manipulations of data depend on sexualizing and racializing assemblages that tell a familiar...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2016
... imaginary of the altruistic adoption process. This article analyzes how Trenka's stylistic choices, such as a musical and a stand-up comedy routine, capture many Korean adoptees' life experiences. Adoptees like Trenka use life-writing to express a doubled self and to give a platform to those who are rarely...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 163–183.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., and citizenship. Further, while the traditional concept of the middleman minority subsumes the female identity under that of the male head of the family, the global black hair industry—largely established, fueled, and energized by black and African women—centralizes the female. Like many industries...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Marina Magloire Abstract This essay argues that the anticolonial efforts of Martinican intellectuals like Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon often established a strict dichotomy between a violated, abject, and feminized Martinique and a masculine and authoritative France. In this way, they reify...
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Meridians (2007) 7 (2): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2007
... to discussing gender, sexuality, and power by female rappers of Mexican descent. The concepts of “the erotic” and “porn” are used to describe and examine the work of these two artists. Like feminists of color before her, JV invokes the power of the erotic to challenge male-centered discussions of sexuality...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 351–362.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Courtney Bryant Abstract In her book Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength , Chanequa Walker-Barnes (2014) offers a theological analysis of the myth of the “StrongBlackWoman,” a trope that suggests that black women do not have the same human needs or experience pain like others...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 401–426.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Kristie Soares Abstract This article looks at Rita Indiana’s performance work and latest novel as an example of Dominican futurism. Dominican futurism, like its counterpart Afrofuturism, centers the Dominican body in a technologically enhanced future, positioning it within a speculative world...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (2): 334–349.
Published: 01 October 2022
... to the world of the book’s reader. Lashed to a language that promises our undoing, the reader—like the women in the novel—confronts the originary violences of patriarchy, settler colonialism, and slavery that define the newness of the “New World.” courtneb@ucr.edu Copyright © 2022 Smith College 2022...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (2): 323–347.
Published: 01 October 2023
... relatively short stint in Charlottesville, Virginia, between 2016 and 2019, the author reviews her attempts to critically analyze concepts like women of color, diversity, colorism, privilege, invisibility, and othering. The article further connects some of the author’s experiences of racialization in view...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of Sikh subject-formation in a pre-Partition border community, and close in, like the novel itself, on a key moment of embodied violence: the cutting up and reassembling of a woman's body, whose manner of death is later reconstructed by her male family members, in the presence of a female family member...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 208–226.
Published: 01 March 2014
... and transported violently across national borders to be sold at auction. These films focus on criminal perpetrators and criminal-justice solutions, rather than on the broader systemic causes of sex trafficking, like globalization, economic inequality, poverty, and ethnic, race, and gender oppressions. This essay...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 58–87.
Published: 01 March 2014
... like Latin America. However, building on relatively recent attempts to locate Morrison in broader transnational spaces, in this discussion, I propose closely examining a text from another Anglophone, African diasporic context, which utilizes many of the strategies evident in Bluest —Kincaid's Annie...
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Meridians (2016) 14 (2): 56–70.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Ana Irma Rivera Lassén; Manuela Borzone; Alexander Ponomareff Abstract Since the beginnings of 1970s activism in Puerto Rico, like in other countries, there have been tensions between dialogues about race and feminism. Tensions between feminisms and Afrodescendant women's movements persist. As part...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 129–156.
Published: 01 September 2015
... entities able to come and go at will, Asian companies are able to adopt a virtual character, while alienating women from the high-tech commodities they produce, treating the women as machine-like, disposable cyborgs without human needs or rights. I argue for an understanding of not only the economic...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 164–188.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., and Condoleezza Rice on the War on Terror and Afghan and Iraqi women. In contrast, this article draws on the photographic counter-narratives, like “the girl in the blue bra,” that transnational feminists circulated through social media during the people's uprising in Egypt beginning in 2011 to evoke powerful...