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Meridians (2004) 5 (1): 201–224.
Published: 01 September 2004
... wash. Because of her ubiquity and her polyvalence, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is a sign that is especially available for semiotic re-signification and cultural transformation. Alma Lopez, a Chicana lesbian artist, has seized this semiotic possibility, creating a series of digital images...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., and writings by Sandra Cisneros and John Rechy—expand the queer and Chicana identifications and desires, and contest narrow, patriarchal nationalisms. By deploying critical race psychoanalysis and semiotics, we can unpack the libidinal investments in the brown female body, as seen in both in popular...
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Meridians (2001) 2 (1): 26–40.
Published: 01 September 2001
... semiotic as well as material. Through Haraway's "material-semiotic worlds," (Haraway 1997) can emerge a history of "naturecultures," (Goodeve 1999) tracing and elaborating the inextricable interconnections between natures and cultures. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the growing panic about alien...
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Meridians (2004) 5 (1): v–x.
Published: 01 September 2004
... cosmopolitan feminist rhetoric." And in Luz Calvo's essay "Art Comes for the Archbishop: The Semiotics of Contemporary Chicana Feminism and EDITOR'S FAREWELL VII the Work of Alma Lopez" as well as in Melinda Luisa de Jestis's "Of Monsters and Mothers: Filipina American Identity and Maternal Legacies in Lynda J...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 September 2011
...(community), and a reduction of the embodied nature of such violence to a merely semiotic act-that is, to a "message." The most striking part ofJeevan's telling is his outright rejection of the possibility that Kusum was raped before being dismembered, in clear contradiction to the physical evidence of her...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 363–388.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in “White subcultures”), and asked “who in this postmodern mêlée of semiotic appropriation and counter-creolization, is imitating whom?” (Mercer 1987 , 52). Yet he also refers to Caucasian whiteness when he highlights this complexity of whiteness as an embodied racial category. Thus, although critical...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 15–41.
Published: 01 March 2010
..." of so-called "artificial" and "natural" techniques of hairstyling among black people (as well as among people in "white subcultures and asked "who in this postmodern melee of semiotic 16 MERIDIANS 10:2 appropriation and counter-creolization, is imitating whom?" (Mercer 1987, 52). Yethe also refers...
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Meridians (2000) 1 (1): 128–156.
Published: 01 September 2000
..."or hispanicity, reflects the multiple semiotic systems of race they have historically negotiated. La/aindia/ois invoked to erase the African past and Afro- HAIR RACE-ING 129 diasporic present of Dominicans (Howard 1997). Hispanicity affirms the ethno-racial distance between Dominicans and Haitians, an organizing...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 22–50.
Published: 01 December 2020
... with lo indio , an ethno-racial identity based on identification with the decimated Taino natives of the island that now houses the Dominican Republic and “ lo Hispano ” or Hispanicity reflects the multiple semiotic systems of race they have historically negotiated. La/o india/o is invoked to erase...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 129–156.
Published: 01 September 2015
... called "Asian Century." This essay approaches the maquiladora factory as a rich, semiotically dense site for discussing the exploitation of third-world women's labor under the global shadow of Asian capitalism. Through analyzing the experimental documentary film 2006 Maquilapolis, I take to task...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 1–12.
Published: 01 December 2020
... That You Can’t Leave Behind’: Black Female Soul Singing and the Politics of Surrogation in the Age of Catastrophe .” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 8 , no. 1 : 180 – 204 . Calvo Luz . 2004 . “ Art Comes for the Archbishop: The Semiotics of Contemporary Chicana Feminism...
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Meridians (2006) 6 (2): 177–194.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of African womanhood are often overburdened by oversimplified explanations or persistently disparaging assumptions about their realities. Quite often, such an approach involves paring down dense semiotics of culture to manufacture accessible texts for the dominant, usually Western, public. Given...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 36–57.
Published: 01 March 2014
..., architecture, semiotics, and social work, it is womanism's conscious and insistent spiritual attentiveness that most clearly distinguishes this theoretical approach from other perspectives on the interstices of race, gender, and class in the lives of women. "For womanists," Layli Phillip writes, the spiritual...
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Meridians (2016) 13 (2): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2016
... in Trenka's puzzle invokes Ferdinand de Saussure's structuralist approach to meaning and offers insight into how Trenka sees herself (Saussure 1916/1983). According to Saussure's analysis of semiotic systems, the horizontal (or syntagmatic) axis of meaning denotes possibilities of combination, whereas...
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Meridians (2001) 1 (2): 73–93.
Published: 01 March 2001
... from an "ancient" civilization to the object ofEuropean colonialism to an isolated communist state to a key player in the global capitalist economy. An early chapter on the semiotics of eating in ancient Chinese writings sets up some of the interpretive themes that recur in Yue's treatment of more...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... ) called the “weight of white people in the world.” Whiteness formed another a crisis-intensified intimacy in her life, at once ontological and epistemological, semiotic and philosophic, corporeal and affective. Against it, again, lay (more) abjection. Always relational rather than immanent...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 340–362.
Published: 01 December 2020
... voices of the groups. In the creation of its own identity, a movement not only defines itself by what it is, but also by what it is not. That is, it defines itself by its opposition. I call these sets of narratives opposition stories. Borrowed from semiotics, the term “opposition” refers...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 42–65.
Published: 01 March 2010
... it is not. That is, it defines itself by its opposition. I call these sets of narratives opposition stories. Borrowed from semiotics, the term "opposition" refers to the meaning-making process. An object or entity (that is, a sign) derives its meaning not solely by what it is, but also by what it is not (that is, its signifier...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 464–490.
Published: 01 March 2017
... for these atrocities. Its steel blade also links it semiotically to the other mechanical symbols that move-the ship, the lorry and the airplanes (which similarly slice through the cane fields when Da-duh dies). These objects also mark class differences between black transnational women, as working-class island...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 484–507.
Published: 01 December 2020
...-Mahdy’s act of “semiotic self-immolation” needs to be read on a continuum with Mohamed Bouazizi’s ultimate bodily performance of self-immolation with which the Arab uprisings began—“both provocative yet sacrificial acts” of communication igniting public discourse across a huge political spectrum (Kraidy...