African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of by Simone A. James Alexander

By Simone A. James Alexander

Inspired by means of a becoming have to handle questions of transnationalism, girl mobility, and citizenship, this e-book deals an in-depth learn of selective texts of Audre Lorde (Barbadian-American), Edwidge Danticat (Haitian-American), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupean-American) and beauty Nichols (Guyanese-British). The publication examines transnational migration or circulate not just when it comes to actual trips, however it additionally employs the trope of migration as resistance, as dissent. interpreting the pervasive circulate of our bodies, this booklet demanding situations the pathologization ascribed to black lady sexuality/body, subverting its assumed definition as diseased, passive, and docile. Investigating how black lady identities and sexualities movement globally, it specializes in problems with embodiment, how women's our bodies are learn and obvious; how our bodies “perform” and are played upon; how they problem hierarchical constructs and disrupt normative criteria. additionally, it depicts how girl matters not just discursively engender a parallel “migration” that disrupts and debunks hierarchical constructions, yet how additionally they engender a politics of resistance and subversion of mainstream/dominant discourse, a detour from normative categorizations and ideologies, a migration from and problem of unmarried, mounted, heteronormative, heterosexual definitions of self. In essence, it examines the politics and economics of migratory events, re-examining and reconfiguring the definition of citizenship to mirror transnational events and subjectivities, and the transferring definitions of domestic. The book's engagement with serious race thought, provides one other layer to its specialty by way of enticing “disability” experiences, albeit peripherally, because it demanding situations the build of ailment, health and able-bodiedness as configured via Western clinical technology.

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Alternatively, an unhealthy body further engenders patterns of oppression. Audre Lorde reveals how the concept of health is exploited to appeal to the national white body, intimating that the medical establishment is complicit in reinforcing and perpetuating disease among patients in its goal to “normalize” the body. Health is deeply politicized, a fact that Lorde exposes in ascertaining that the ills are preconditioned by a racist, heterosexist, hegemonic society. Consequently, Lorde rejects homogeneous categorization of female patients, imploring that women empower themselves by rejecting “body conformity” and the “theft” of the body.

At the same time, Ndinda and Adar call our attention to the fact that in addition to having different kinds of nationalism in South Africa, nationalism is defined along racial lines. Captive Flesh No More: Saartjie Baartman, Quintessential Migratory Subject · 33 Nationalism in South Africa took a racial character in that Afrikaner nationalism aimed at liberation from British dominance and the need to achieve white privilege at the expense of the rights of the African majority. With the formation of the Union of South Africa in which the British and Boer Republics united to form the Republic of South Africa, all Blacks (Africans, Coloureds and Indians) lost the remaining political rights they had.

In the same breath, Baby Suggs’s exhortation of self-love and communal kinship and responsibility is triumphant, as she insists that it is imperative to reclaim the flesh: “Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. Yonder they flay it” (Morrison, Beloved 88). “Deeply loved flesh” (89) serves as an antidote to the commodification of the “pained black body” to which King refers. Hence the recapture and recuperation of Baartman’s captive flesh lends itself to exercising control of one’s body, being, and agency.

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