Changing the Subject
Writing Women across the African Diaspora
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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So much of the scholarly writing process is inevitably confined to library stacks, piles of articles, and long hours at a computer screen. I am lucky to have had the kind of support system that drew me out of the library and motivated me back into it at intervals and that kept me bolstered on both...
Introduction: When Literature and Identity "Get Real"
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Just outside the Biology building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa,
there is a small freestanding marker with a plaque that reads as
Buried near this place are Jack Rudolph and William...
1. Sites of Authentication: Migration and Subjectivity in The History of Mary Prince
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The History of Mary Prince, As Related by Hersel (1831) gives an account of a West Indian slave who, after being forced to move from place to place in and around the Caribbean, tells her story in England to the Anti-Slavery Society.1 Her story begins in Bermuda, where she is bought...
2. "Different with Every Shore": Women, Workers, and the Transatlantic South in Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Even though Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) is often read as Janie Crawford’s journey of self-discovery and expression, the contingency of her identity is evident early on, as she knows herself only through the descriptions and projections of others...
3. Familiar Ground: The Rhetoric of "Realness" in Mama Day
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Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day (1988) centers around an island community off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, where an old woman named Miranda Day serves as communal caretaker and medicinal conjure woman. The story of her familial ancestry is also the story of the island’s...
4. "Recuperating" the Subject in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
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Maryse Condé’s I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem brings the textual framework back to the Caribbean and back to a genre of slave narrative with a revision of the story surrounding Tituba, the slave who was the third person to be accused of witchcraft during the 1692–93 Salem witch...
Conclusion: Writing Women across the African Diaspora
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Gender—and certainly “women” specifically—is a category born out of its being written and performed. And depending on who’s writing or performing, where and for whom and with what interests, the category will bear in its signification a certain set of ideas governed by a certain...
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Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 2014