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African Diasporic Women's Narratives
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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 complicate and challenge a migratory process often forced upon them by men or patriarchal society.

Through in-depth study of selective texts by Audre Lorde, Edwidge Danticat, Maryse Condé, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Dis-Embodied Subjects Writing Fire
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1 Captive Flesh No More: Saartjie Baartman, Quintessential Migratory Subject
  2. pp. 20-38
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  1. 2 “Crimes against the Flesh”: Politics and Poetics of the Black Female Body
  2. pp. 39-67
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  1. 3 Framing Violence: Resistance, Redemption, and Recuperative Strategies in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
  2. pp. 68-95
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  1. 4 Mothering the Nation: Women’s Bodies as Nationalist Trope in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
  2. pp. 96-126
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  1. 5 Performing the Body: Transgressive Doubles, Fatness and Blackness
  2. pp. 127-158
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  1. 6 Bodies and DisEase: Finding AlterNative Cure, Assuming AlterNative Identity
  2. pp. 159-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. About the Author
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