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Meridians (2023) 22 (2): 503–515.
Published: 01 October 2023
...” on that evening of my mother’s funeral. I imagined her gestures as she voiced the woman in the story who desperately wanted to swap her worries for anyone else’s because she felt that her worries were too much for her to bear. I could see Diane in my mind’s eye, hunched over with the imaginary heavy bundle on her...
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Meridians (2002) 2 (2): 128–145.
Published: 01 March 2002
... philosophical traditions. Jyotirmoyee's writings-essays, poetry, novels, short stories, and memoirscover a wide terrain of subjects ranging from education and gainful employment for women, Hindu women's rights to property and to divorce in the Hindu Code Bill, the Jaipur aristocracy, the condition...
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Meridians (2005) 5 (2): 149–175.
Published: 01 March 2005
... States in sixteen years. This scene is reminiscent of the tragic story of fourteen Mexicans who died of exposure to extreme heat in the Arizona desert during the summer of 2001. They, too, traveled north across the barren desert with dreams of finding jobs in the United States. The search for better...
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Meridians (2014) 12 (1): 201–207.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Julietta Hua Abstract Human trafficking has gained attention world-wide, and stories about victimization and violence help to define the so-called underground activities of trafficking. Rather than ask what counts as an instance of human trafficking, this essay considers how we come to see one...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Moon Charania Abstract This essay takes on ghosts as an explicit analytic lever to examine the storied archive of one racial and racialized m other . It defines ghosts as conglomerating and attached energies whose nodes of human connection rely on the lived experience of violence, violation...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 91–97.
Published: 01 September 2011
... condition, even in prose and poetry, our words from January 12th are laced with strands of critical observation. This collection seeks both to honor the feminist tradition of using different genres to tell stories and also to assure that the blurring of these genres does, in fact, offer a more nuanced...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 307–329.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Anene Ejikeme Abstract This essay argues that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “Headstrong Historian” offers a woman’s perspective on the Igbo encounter with European colonialism, a history made famous by Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart who told the story from a male perspective...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (1): 114–139.
Published: 01 September 2009
.... I open the essay with the fact of Pleasant's erasure by documenting her historiographical absence and then go on to explain how Cliff ghostwrites Pleasant's story through a narrative of strategic adjacencies. Cliff enmeshes Pleasant's story with those of others engaged in contrapuntal history...
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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 106–123.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Carol Bailey Abstract Jamaica Kincaid's compact and succinct story “Girl,” the lead story in the collection At the Bottom of the River (1983), has been lauded as one of the premier works in Kincaid's corpus, particularly her discourse on the making of “woman” in postcolonial Caribbean contexts...
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Meridians (2018) 16 (2): 373–381.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Chinyere Okafor Abstract This paper aims to uplift a story by a queer Black woman activist residing in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Using various narrative analysis techniques, this paper also explores the tales told to understand how queer people in the Caribbean create a home of recognition...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 29–59.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Vanita Reddy Abstract This essay examines Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri's literary engagements with cosmopolitan Indian beauty and style in her short stories “Sexy” and “Interpreter of Maladies” (2003). It situates these engagements as part of a transnational beauty assemblage...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 323–347.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., classist, and racist ones—she argues that the book references such tales at length to highlight their widespread power while also challenging their problematic ideologies. The simultaneous engagement with and contestation of these stories are what makes Cisneros’s text revisionist and disidentificatory...
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Meridians (2024) 23 (1): 182–209.
Published: 01 April 2024
... of these themes by examining the fields of international relations and Iraqi studies to show how the story of Assyrians is invisible or unintelligible across these fields of political science and Middle East studies. Moreover, what the Assyrian story tells us about these disciplines and the multiplicity...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 126–165.
Published: 01 March 2008
... the Women's Committee of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). Beal's story captures the challenges of anti-racist, anti-fascist, and anti-imperialist organizing with a gender perspective. Copyright © 2008 by Smith College 2008 FRANCES M. BEAL AND LORETTA J. ROSS Excerpts from the Voiceos...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 39–52.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Sri Craven Abstract This short story examines the class and caste dimensions of gender under economic liberalization in India through the experiences of its protagonist, Rani. It elicits the ways the new economic model purportedly ushers in a new modernity, even as the conditions of the poor remain...
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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 (2021) 20 (2): 298–322.
Published: 01 October 2021
... story about the way Muslim lives are shaped by the discourses and representations through which they are figured and apprehended. The author explores the way that this archive of memes figures Muslims as a “measurable type”—whereby they are profiled into highly fraught categories, like “terrorist...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (2): 443–465.
Published: 01 October 2021
... in temporal terms. In addition to these artists, the writings of scholars and artists Jose Estaban Muñoz, Ronak Kapadia, Etel Adnan, and Hamed Sinno further emphasize the future-facing nature of both queerness and Islam, as well as the radical possibilities of telling queer Muslim stories in the future...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 151–173.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to justify patterns of legibility, recognition, and rejection for discursive practices of national inclusion and exclusion. Specifically, the author analyzes Nasiruddin Yousuff’s Guerrilla (2011), an award-winning film featuring the story of Bilqis Banu, a middle-class, Muslim female combatant who takes...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Deepti Misri Abstract: This article explores how Shauna Singh Baldwin's novel What the Body Remembers builds on Partition feminist historiography in order to exhume and retell the story of family violence against women during India's Partition, intended to “save their honor” from rioting mobs...