By Simone A. James Alexander
Stimulated by way of a transforming into have to tackle questions of transnationalism, lady mobility, and citizenship, this booklet bargains an in-depth learn of selective texts of Audre Lorde (Barbadian-American), Edwidge Danticat (Haitian-American), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupean-American) and style Nichols (Guyanese-British). The e-book 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. studying the pervasive stream of our bodies, this e-book demanding situations the pathologization ascribed to black lady sexuality/body, subverting its assumed definition as diseased, passive, and docile. Investigating how black girl identities and sexualities circulation globally, it makes a speciality of 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. in addition, 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, fastened, 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 activities and subjectivities, and the transferring definitions of domestic. The book's engagement with serious race conception, provides one other layer to its area of expertise via attractive “disability” reviews, albeit peripherally, because it demanding situations the build of disorder, well being and able-bodiedness as configured by way of Western scientific technological know-how.
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Baartman’s public exhibition of her body advanced from her being semi-nude to being completely nude, an act that literally and figuratively stripped her of her basic rights as a citizen. She was also made to impersonate a captured animal and later completed the bestial, jungle image as she was forced into a cage. Furthermore, Baartman’s nudity reinforces her bestiality, her promiscuity. For almost two hundred years Baartman was displayed both in flesh and posthumously on the European world stage as a freak of nature.
She additionally learns that Halle’s mother’s advanced age no longer provided Schoolteacher the profits that her youthful years guaranteed. Furthermore, the trope “line them up” invokes the scene in which black bodies are being auctioned off at will (a parallel to Baartman’s theft and subsequent commodification), instilling unimaginable but justifiable fear in Sethe of her children being taken from her and becoming chattel. This fear is legitimized in Halle’s recapping Schoolteacher’s advice that it “don’t pay to have [his] labor somewhere else while the boys is small” (196).
Rachel Holmes captures his sentiment: “Saartjie was exploited by leading European scientists to prove their xenophobic notions of white superiority” (109). In a similar vein, Baartman’s “excess flesh” becomes the barometer by which her implied lascivious and licentious characteristics are measured. By the same measure, her “excess” punctuates her sexual availability. This measurement of bodies or body parts, premised on the theory of eugenics as a way to reinforce black inferiority and promote white supremacy, brings to bear the scene in Morrison’s Beloved, where Schoolteacher measures the animal characteristics of his slaves, 26 · African Diasporic Women’s Narratives accentuating their propertied possession and provoking angst in the main protagonist, Sethe.
African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship by Simone A. James Alexander