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Meridians (2007) 7 (2): 71–100.
Published: 01 March 2007
... 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 motherdaughter relationship where the daughter finds a way to identify...
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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 and...
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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 (2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
... second-generation black and Third Wave feminist daughter and mother, forwards a child-and-parent-centric model of motherhood that privileges biological bonds over chosen bonds (e.g., step, adoptive, othermothers) with one’s children. A self-identified bisexual woman, Walker centralizes in Baby Love a...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 39–48.
Published: 01 September 2018
...-white—while carving out a path to empowerment, creativity, and freedom for herself and her daughter. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 ...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 32–64.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of literary criticism, as well as historical writings dealing with African American mother-daughter conflict, centers on the observation that Black mothers have often found themselves in conflict with daughters whom they seek to protect by schooling them in accommodationist behavior to better survive...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 482–507.
Published: 01 October 2019
... respondents, and occasionally of the team members as well. The more that we moved in, out, and across various methodological and substantive material in our team meetings, identities that cut across our team like mother/daughter, Arab/not-Arab, Muslim/not-Muslim were salient. Second, following the...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 389–409.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Arab women as daughters, sisters, and mothers, and often as professionals—doctors, lawyers, and teachers—is hardly ever represented in the Western media. Where they do appear, it is as mindless, persecuted victims of their own culture who need to be rescued, as faceless, brainwashed figures clad in all...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
... small farm. During the final years of her life, sũsũ Mũkũta would circulate between the homes of her two daughters (with her husband Mwangangi), those of her grandchildren, and for a very long time would come back to her brother Ngũkũ’s home and live with my mother’s mother, sũsũ Ndolokasi...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 April 2019
... daughter of Spanish immigrants helped her secure acting work in theater and film. Her fashioning of the madre abnegada fit with the emerging priorities of writers and directors; she tapped into and vitalized the sentimental relationship between mother and child in allegorical terms vis-à-vis nation and...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
...) Pakistan. Eight sisters. Six years after her departure from East Pakistan, my mother was in Karachi, married and pregnant with her first daughter. The finality of leaving East Pakistan brought with it some stability, but the onset of hauntings served as a refutation of this very finality. Indeed the...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Luz Calvo Abstract Inspired by the Chicana feminist artist Alma López’s Our Lady (1999), this essay explores Chicana cultural and psychic investments in representations of the Virgin of Guadalupe. As an image of the suffering mother, the Virgin of Guadalupe is omnipresent in Mexican-American visual...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2019
... nonetheless “on this earth” (Baderoon, 245). Our final essay, Cheryl R. Hopson’s “Breaking Silences: A Contemporary Black Feminist Reading of Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence ,” also takes up the mother-daughter relationship as a window into larger concerns...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 232.
Published: 01 November 2018
... since before the border between wild and free was pinned like steel and plaster, animal and woman, birth and death. Only daughters are shouldered into becoming Mother, cold without children, colder still after birth. This is how it has always been. All we cannot know is when. ...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 183–205.
Published: 01 April 2019
... role of either Breast. While Condé remains ambiguous on whether Cathy II is Razyé’s or Aymeric’s daughter, it is clear that Cathy occupies the third category of the breast. Her breasts carry the taint, and the results of her milk are unpredictable. Importantly, Cathy as liminal mulatto mother is...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 51–68.
Published: 01 December 2020
... appropriate ones for the occasion. This situation is loaded with possibilities of generational clashing but instead depicts affection: Mina says indulgently to her mother, as she goes to change her shoes, “The things I do for you, Ma.” Tensions between mothers and daughters, as well as the love between them...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 219–231.
Published: 01 November 2018
... women’s writing. Facing impending motherhood, the speaker contemplates her own transformation from daughter into “becoming Mother.” The poem maps the borders between what “we cannot know” and “how it has always been,” unshaken and yet without certainty. Memoir has been one of the transformative...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 308–309.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., reminding me what goes where. I systematize her cupboards and nail-clipping-infested junk drawer, while her children, the underweight, disobedient darlings , stare as I reshelve their dolls and brand-new books. Stare as their mother stares. Stare as I pour the ajo y cebolla of my blood into a...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 215–218.
Published: 01 November 2018
... to where I started.” So it is that, returning to where the possibility of Meridians at Smith was born, I dedicate this issue to Dr. N’gendo Mwangi (d. 1989), one of Africa’s many original feminists who have nurtured and inspired their own and many others’ daughters to create “network[s] of...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 279–307.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Pantoja’s story, the gay media foregrounds sexuality in their analysis of López Torregrosa’s memoir. A review of the book in The Advocate is titled “My mother, myself: a lesbian daughter provides a rare glimpse into Puerto Rican family life . . . ” (Marler 2004 ). The subtitle for an article on the book...