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Meridians (2006) 6 (2): 78–92.
Published: 01 March 2006
... standards or taste"-is a result of, and appropriate response to, outrages as delineated in Merriam-Webster'osther definitions: injury, insult, brutality, and violence. Bystrategically employing the transforming powers of writing and performance, North African women of the theater, and the characters...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 130–143.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of bodies and voices—through their public performances. In the tourist zones the classificatory eye looks upon a sanitized space, producing, in concert with the ear, ordered visual and aural landscapes evocative of the “authentic” Cuba. I suggest that sound can make visible spatial practice. Las Krudas...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 295–307.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., the author analyzes the therapeutic functions of bèlè performance from a womanist theoretical framework in order to uncover the interrelationship among Black women’s sensual expressivity, spirituality, and emotional wellness in Martinique. This research relies on qualitative data analysis and a reflexive...
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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...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 106–123.
Published: 01 March 2010
.... The text is essentially a set of instructions offered by an adult (assumed to be a mother), laying out the script for the performance of womanhood in the fictional society in which the female child is expected to live and perform her gender. “Girl”'s emphasis on performative acts reiterates...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 114–146.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of my first outings upon relocating to Iowa was to a university performance of the Chicano play LosVendido(sValdez 2002). It seemed so uncanny that it would be in Iowa-not in California, where I'd grown up and where El Teatro Campesino was launched-that I would witness my first Teatro performance...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (1): 115–145.
Published: 01 April 2023
... attacks in a “reunited” Germany. Part I explores how these poetics and politics have influenced ongoing efforts to engage with the memory of German colonialism, xenophobia, and memorialization in public spaces. Part II moves the reader into close studies of two contemporary performance works by Afro...
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Meridians (2024) 23 (1): 210–234.
Published: 01 April 2024
...Yurika Tamura Abstract This article argues that many contemporary female Ainu performance-activists from the Ainu community of Japan, including a performance scene led by Ainu huci (female elders) at an Ainu cultural education center in Sapporo, Japan, engage in performance of desubjectification...
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Meridians (2006) 7 (1): 19–37.
Published: 01 September 2006
... with the phrase: "and in my little urban bathroom, I made a connection with the past." We were all moved and crying and thinking: "Wait a minute, I got a story like that, that I want to talk about." That's how GenericLatinawas born. PERFORMING THE "GENERIC LATINA" 21 We didn't really know why we started...
Published: 01 April 2023
Figures 2–4. Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju performs Wayward Dust at the Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, August 2020. Photo credit: SDTB/Hattendorf. More
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 180–204.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Daphne A. Brooks Abstract This essay explores the critical work of Beyoncé's second solo recording, and places it in conversation with yet another under-theorized yet equally dissonant R&B performance by her “hip-hop soul queen” contemporary Mary J. Blige. In relation to both Beyoncé's...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 93–129.
Published: 01 September 2008
... and its dance forms to empower women cross-culturally. She subverts traditional representations of womanhood in her songs and performances, thereby expanding existing definitions of womanhood. Hinds addresses women's ambivalent relationships with the performance and celebration of Caribbean culture...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 389–411.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Takkara Brunson Abstract A woman of African descent born in Cuba, Eusebia Cosme relocated to the United States during the late 1930s. She quickly became an internationally renowned performer of “Afro-Antillean” poetry, dressing in elaborate costumes as she recited the works of prominent poets who...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 250–270.
Published: 01 October 2020
... American women’s arsenal of legal strategies included the “Lady Sambo,” an intentional racialized gender performance of feigned ignorance. By performing the “Lady Sambo”—an ignorant, servile black woman in need of protection—some poor black women mobilized their expertise in white racism to defend...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 255–278.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of Black women popular music artists whose early twenty-first century recordings and stirring performances addressed the traumas, the challenges, and the spectacular subjugation of Black women who fell victim to brutal disenfranchisement in the midst of the disaster. Beyonce’s B-Day album and Mary J...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 78–102.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Lia T. Bascomb Abstract The image of black queens has a rich legacy within African diasporic discourse. This article examines Barbadian singer Alison Hinds's performance as Soca Queen . Hinds's prolific career spans decades. Her fans named her the Queen of Soca and she took on the designation...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 82–96.
Published: 01 September 2018
... hair has been both overdetermined and underexplored as a site of intellectual inquiry. This essay aims to offer a critical examination of natural black hair as a central site of interpersonal negotiation for black women in the United States. Drawing on performance studies, cultural studies, and black...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 236–260.
Published: 01 September 2008
... around the performance of race, class, and gender as a means to resist dominant representations of black women, while simultaneously engaging in disciplinary practices that constrain black femininity. Copyright © 2008 by Smith College 2008 SHANARA R. REID-BRINKLEY The Essencoef Res(ex)pectability...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 193–217.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of women’s voices in the context of preserving and transmitting an idea of quintessential Korean culture to an international audience. Such nationalist tendencies demand the “feminization” of the translator—requesting her to be barely visible while performing a self-effacing humility in deference...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 414–444.
Published: 01 October 2019
... the critiques she performs of the “afterlives of colonialism” on the natural and cultural environment in her most recent series of drawings from 2017. She demonstrates that not only human bodies, but other natural materials are tangled up with the project of cultural colonization. Throughout the article...
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