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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 330–352.
Published: 01 March 2017
... and tradition appears to take the discussion into a pre-colonial past as in many of Wole Soyinka’s plays. My reading of Onwueme’s play claims that the past is not an idealized space and time but rather a strategy used by the dramatist to comment on postcolonial realities and polities. As an arrangement...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Jocelyn Fenton Stitt Abstract The relationship of the enslaved past to the present has been an ongoing topic within African diaspora studies generally, and within Black feminist studies specifically. This essay traces a Black feminist genealogy rooted in Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (1): 141–162.
Published: 01 September 2009
... indicates that the body as the sole means of connection to the past cannot survive and it cannot suffice. Copyright © 2009 by Smith College 2009 JENNIFER J. SMITH Birthedand Buried: MatrilineaHl istoryinMichellCe liffs No Telephone to Heaven Abstract MichelleCliffs novelsAbeng andNo Telephone to Heaven...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 112–126.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of several Palestinian-American authors and the author’s own experiences, the article voices “return” as a claim to the past and a foundation for the future. Copyright © 2001 Wesleyan University Press, now published by Duke University Press on behalf of Smith College 2001 Palestine displacement...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 410–434.
Published: 01 December 2020
... populations somehow transcend their grievous pasts in becoming model American citizens. The author claims that Cha’s mel- han -cholic gestures disrupt the United States’ discursive power in narrating Korean history, especially as one contingent on accepting America’s “liberating” charge. This article also...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 401–426.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the speculative with negative aesthetics to point toward a future that is hopeful while being attentive to the trauma of the past and present. Copyright © 2020 Smith College 2020 Dominican Republic Rita Indiana pessimism futurism queer The video for Rita Indiana y Los Misterios’ “La hora de volvé...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (2): 396–413.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Tatiana Rabinovich Abstract Global anti-Muslim racism takes new and specific forms in contemporary Russia by mobilizing the shifting meanings of “Blackness” to stigmatize vulnerable populations. Stemming from the tsarist and Soviet pasts, these meanings of “Blackness” (and “whiteness”) have been...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (1): 49–72.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel Abstract This study explores the relationship between past and future in neo-slave narratives that feature Black girl protagonists. Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women tells the story of six enslaved women and their youngest recruit Lilith, as they organize a slave...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (2): 350–370.
Published: 01 October 2022
... the deceased body for a religious afterlife. Touch, in the form of washing, kissing, and caressing the deceased by family members, is central to showing the last deeds and bidding farewell to the lost one. However, past cases demonstrate that when the deceased is a trans person, corpse washers and family...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (2): 436–454.
Published: 01 October 2022
...Amanda Russhell Wallace Abstract There is no encapsulated decisive moment in mourning. Rather, it manifests as time based and time oriented collaging amalgamated from broad notions of the archive. Particularly, the author’s practice of historical collaging interlaces the past and present...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 127–150.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Rumya S. Putcha Abstract This article interrogates how and why courtesan identities are simultaneously embraced and disavowed by Brahman dancers. Using a combination of ethnographic and critical feminist methods, which allow the author to toggle between the past and the present, between India...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 36–61.
Published: 01 September 2011
... somehow transcend their grievous pasts in becoming model American citizens. Because Korean history cannot be discussed without implicating the U.S. and calling into question its exceptional values, such recollection might be willfully avoided. I claim that Cha's mel- han -cholic plays generate productive...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 121–148.
Published: 01 March 2014
... deep respect for the wisdom imbedded within black folk culture. By reading Mary Rambo alongside her peers who also represent a folk past—namely Trueblood, Peter Wheatstraw, and Brother Tarp—this essay offers early evidence of Ellison's image of the modern black protagonist and prompts us to imagine...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 88–120.
Published: 01 March 2014
... spectators, but she also demands that her readers participate in the critical interpretive work necessary for recognizing the difference between “fact” and “fiction.” Her novel reveals that such cultural work is important for interrogating and reconfiguring past and present representations of black female...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 78–102.
Published: 01 September 2015
... region, and specifically the women within it. Such a performance draws on both Afrocentric reclamations of royalty and critical analyses that seek to do more than celebrate a mythic African past. Copyright © 2015 by Smith College 2015 LIA T. BASCOMB "I'm So Proud to Be Your Queen": Alison Hinds...
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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 documents. Her...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 307–329.
Published: 01 March 2017
.... Through her short story, Adichie enacts the dual-sex system that scholars argue is at the basis of Igbo societies: Adichie does this by telling the story from the perspective of her female protagonists. In the process, Adichie makes two points: firstly, there is not a single story about the Igbo past...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Cornelia Möser Abstract Over the past few years, right-wing political groups in France have made sexuality a focus of their concerns. Since the debate about political lesbianism in 1980, feminist research on sexuality in France has been markedly limited to research on abortion, contraception...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 238–252.
Published: 01 March 2018
... on learnings from past decades and leverage today’s research tools to impact upon current and emerging black women’s health issues. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 SHIRIKI KUMANYIKA Moving from Silos to Systems in Black Women's Health Research Abs tract This special issue of Meridians offers a unique...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (1): 180–203.
Published: 01 April 2023
... are widely erased, silenced, and forgotten, both in the past and present, which is why the authors write them into being. The aim of the essay is to communicate some of the specificities of living and negotiating a Black feminist life in the Nordics. The authors also want to inscribe the Nordics...
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