Abstract

Abstract:

This article reads Kay Lindsey's (1970) "The Black Woman as Woman," and Hortense Spillers' (1987) "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe," as abolitionist responses to The Moynihan Report's pathologization of the Black family and it's naturalization of the family as the ordering episteme of social life. Lindsey's and Spillers' critique of the family exposes the violence that creates its conditions of possibility and paints a horizon where the family is beyond redemption. Refusing redemption, I gesture toward modes of Black life akin to Hartman's (1997) fugitives without genealogy and the character Precious from Sapphires's (1996) novel Push who create new Black relations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1092-311X
Print ISSN
2572-6633
Pages
pp. 68-87
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-13
Open Access
No
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