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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 389–409.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., but I add that not only is the big gender lie perpetuated on Western society, as she posits, but also that of race. Gee’s film encourages students to question these stereotypical representations of an entire people by delineating the reality behind the politics behind the cinematic representations...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Feminism . Bloomington : Indiana University Press . Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 feminist ethnography politics of representation African women Angola feminist methodologies On a sunny Friday morning in mid-September, three security guards usher me into the National Assembly...
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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, they...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 103–128.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Patricia de Santana Pinho Abstract This article examines representations of domestic workers in Brazilian “common sense,” in the Gramscian use of the term. It argues that the dominant trope of maids' bodies as “dirty,” and yet the “most suitable” to carry out the job of cleaning, is produced at the...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 193–217.
Published: 01 April 2021
... 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 is not the...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (2): 169–195.
Published: 01 September 2014
... seriously the erotic subjectivities of black women during slavery as part of an emancipatory politics. Using “The Tubman Sextape” as a point of entry, this essay examines how to create erotic maps of Tubman, and black women during slavery more broadly by engaging the historiography of slavery, popular...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 261–292.
Published: 01 September 2008
... black (post)modern desires, as well as the potential to think through historical echoes of the current controversies and debates around exactly what constitutes “appropriate” black sexuality. Even as it offers a venue for acts of self-representation, pleasure, and exchange, hip-hop porn's brand of...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (1): 53–73.
Published: 01 September 2008
... relationship to hip-hop has been both a reflection of and influence upon understandings of race, gender, and sexuality for a generation of queer feminists of color. In this paper, I examine how her emergence and popularity mark an important political and ideological moment for queer Black women in the post...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2008
... women of color subgenre, this essay steps away from the framework of postfeminism that so dominates academic and popular discussions of chick lit, and instead uses critical race and transnational feminist critique to foreground questions of race, nation, empire, and political economy. Beginning with...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 439–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
...?’ Ans: ‘Well, you know the colored race is just like a flower garden, with every color flower represented.’” Walker’s womanist subject is invested in the preservation (and representation) of “every color flower,” a gesture that shows that the political project of womanism is a radical investment in...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 148–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Lily Martinez Abstract Borders have been commonly popularized as a space where illegal acts and perversions occur. As an area of political instability and representative of constant corporal movement, they are imagined as the impossibility of cultural development. Typical representations of the...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... claim control over the access and representation of Chicana/o histories and imagine queer futures through queer archives and archival practices. The affective and political possibilities of these queer archives further discourse of the interdisciplinary archival turn. U.S. multiethnic literature is...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 410–434.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Korean han (a culturally specific grief)—to show how Cha uses it as a subversive political tool to defer historical closure and to refuse her quiet assimilation. Cha’s remembrance of the histories of Japanese colonialism in the Korean peninsula and the Korean War defies the expectation that minority...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... present challenges to patriarchy, gender norms, and the politics of respectability. Through their work, female MCs construct representations of African women that are complex and multidimensional. gender hip hop cultural representation hip hop feminism sexuality ...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (2): 304–331.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Judy Tzu-Chun Wu Abstract This article focuses on the antinuclear and antimilitarism politics of Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927–2002), the first Japanese American female lawyer in Hawai‘i, the first woman of color to become a U.S. congressional representative, and the namesake for Title IX. During the...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 107–135.
Published: 01 April 2020
... by violence enacted in the name of Islam and Muslims? What are the politics of recruitability in endeavors like CVE and how do dynamics of gender, class, and culture play out in strategic representations of American Muslimness? What type of class and minority politics do women themselves deploy in...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 53–83.
Published: 01 April 2021
... self-representation and political self-determination in a narrative of conciliation. This history is embedded in the life subjectivities of these women, who “carry the source of fire” (52) within them: “For in spite of the connectedness and power gained from one’s heritage, Naga women still suffer the...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in queer directions. Significantly, Our Lady refuses to indulge in the disavowal of the body that informs conventional, religious representations of the Virgin. Instead, Our Lady represents the inter-linkage of racial identities and sexual and political desires, while, at the same time, pointing...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 90–126.
Published: 01 April 2021
... committed to invoking—it is only representational detritus. While the song-sequence can no longer do much political work, it . . . saturat[es] the film with a melancholia that is especially timely; for, just as the last notes of “Khul Kabhi Toh” fade to white, Haider [and Arshia] hurtles to its climax of...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 82–96.
Published: 01 September 2018
... invites contempt, communicates cultural and political affinities, and pushes the boundaries of gender and sexual representations. Black hair, like black bodies, is scriptive in that it compels people to enact performances with it in response to it, many of which are rooted in historical scripts of...