African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship (Hardback)
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African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 30/05/2014
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Using feminist and womanist theory, Simone Alexander takes as her main point of analysis literary works that focus on the black female body as the physical and metaphorical site of migration. She shows that over time black women have used their bodily presence to com-plicate and challenge a migratory process often forced upon them by men or patriarchal society.

Through in-depth study of selective texts by Audre Lorde, Ed widge Danticat, Maryse Conde, and Grace Nichols, Alexander challenges the stereotypes ascribed to black female sexuality, subverting its assumed definition as diseased, passive, or docile. She also addresses issues of embodiment as she analyses how women's bodies are read and seen; how bodies "perform" and are performed upon; how they challenge and disrupt normative standards.

A multifaceted contribution to studies of gender, race, sexuality, and disability issues, African Diasporic Women's Narratives engages with a range of issues as it grapples with the complex interconnectedness of geography, citizenship, and nationalism.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813049823
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Initiates new conversations on the representation of black women's writings in a transnational context."--College Language Association Journal

"Through the works of four migrant women writers--Audre Lorde, Edwidge Danticat, Maryse Conde, and Grace Nichols--[Alexander] evaluates the sexual deviance embodied in diseased, disabled, and hypersexualized female bodies, as well as women's resistance against normative classifications. . . . An insightful (re)interpretation of black women's experiences both in the United States and beyond."--Women's Studies
"Refusing to fixate on suffering, Alexander celebrates African Diasporic women's transgressions of Western femininity, medicine, and citizenship."--Contemporary Women's Writing

"A significant study of the black female body, and it contributes to the dialogue on the recognition of the female body in society, generating consciousness of its power."--Small Axe

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