Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

...I have relied on the good will and generosity of relatives, friends, and colleagues during the undertaking of this project. Thanks to Carole Boyce Davies for her unwavering encouragement and endorsement. She was one of the first persons who underscored the manifest potential in my work on Grace...

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Introduction: Dis-Embodied Subjects Writing Fire

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pp. 1-19

...A few years ago at a seminar on “Health and Bodies,” I had the good fortune of sharing my work on Audre Lorde with fellow participants. By all accounts, the seminar was successful; the seminarians offered meaningful suggestions and feedback...

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1 Captive Flesh No More: Saartjie Baartman, Quintessential Migratory Subject

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pp. 20-38

...South African Saartjie Baartman has been the focus of much scholarly publication and ongoing academic debate over the past few years. Specifically, her migratory journey from Africa to Europe and then her posthumous return to Africa have garnered much attention, gracing the pages of academic books...

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2 “Crimes against the Flesh”: Politics and Poetics of the Black Female Body

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pp. 39-67

...Addressing the downward spiral of black women induced by various ailments, including cancer and drug addiction, Evelyn C. White bemoans that illnesses have rendered them powerless, resulting not only in their lack of citizen rights...

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3 Framing Violence: Resistance, Redemption, and Recuperative Strategies in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

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pp. 68-95

...One cannot help but notice the manifest violence in Caribbean women’s writing and black women’s writing in general that renders the cliché “violence begets violence” effective. Stuart Hall, among other theorists, historicizes this violence, locating...

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4 Mothering the Nation: Women’s Bodies as Nationalist Trope in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory

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pp. 96-126

...While the overriding concern in this chapter is to illustrate how women’s bodies are used to promote and reinforce a nationalist cum masculinist agenda and how they resist, it would be remiss to dismiss the pervasive “othering” of the Haitian body as a whole. In its biological, social, and political context...

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5 Performing the Body: Transgressive Doubles, Fatness and Blackness

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pp. 127-158

...When questioned at a poetry reading by a British audience of women about her representative female characters, Guyanese-born poet Grace Nichols refutes black female victimhood. This response not only draws attention to the prevailing...

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6 Bodies and DisEase: Finding AlterNative Cure, Assuming AlterNative Identity

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pp. 159-192

...Underscoring the importance of a multifaceted community-based model of health care, Ann Folwell Stanford acknowledges that the “institution of medicine is only a part, albeit an important part, of a more far-reaching health care enterprise...

Notes

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pp. 193-210

Bibliography

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pp. 211-226

Index

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pp. 227-239