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The Resource Changing the subject : writing women across the African diaspora, K. Merinda Simmons

Changing the subject : writing women across the African diaspora, K. Merinda Simmons

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Changing the subject : writing women across the African diaspora
Title
Changing the subject
Title remainder
writing women across the African diaspora
Statement of responsibility
K. Merinda Simmons
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora, K. Merinda Simmons argues that, in first-person narratives about women of color, contexts of migration illuminate constructions of gender and labor. These constructions and migrations suggest that the oft-employed notion of 2authenticity3 is not as useful a classification as many feminist and postcolonial scholars have assumed. Instead of relying on so-called authentic feminist journeys and heroines for her analysis, Simmons calls for a self-reflexive scholarship that takes seriously the scholar{u2019}s own role in constructing the subject. The starting point for this study is the nineteenth-century Caribbean narrative The History of Mary Prince (1831). Simmons puts Prince{u2019}s narrative in conversation with three twentieth-century novels: Zora Neale Hurston{u2019}s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gloria Naylor{u2019}s Mama Day, and Maryse Condé{u2019}s I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. She incorporates autobiography theory to shift the critical focus from the object of study{u2014}slave histories{u2014}to the ways people talk about those histories and to the guiding interests of such discourses. In its reframing of women{u2019}s migration narratives, Simmons{u2019}s study unsettles theoretical certainties and disturbs the very notion of a cohesive diaspora. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Simmons, Merinda
Dewey number
810.9/928708996073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
S45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • West Indian literature (English)
  • African American women in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Slave trade in literature
  • Collective memory in literature
  • Culture in literature
Label
Changing the subject : writing women across the African diaspora, K. Merinda Simmons
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: when literature and identity "get real" -- Sites of authentication: migration and subjectivity in The history of Mary Prince -- "Different with every shore": women, workers, and the transatlantic South in Their eyes were watching God -- Familiar ground: the rhetoric of "realness" in Mama Day -- "Recuperating" the subject in I, Tituba, black witch of Salem -- Conclusion
Control code
875520899
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780814212622
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013050843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875520899
Label
Changing the subject : writing women across the African diaspora, K. Merinda Simmons
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: when literature and identity "get real" -- Sites of authentication: migration and subjectivity in The history of Mary Prince -- "Different with every shore": women, workers, and the transatlantic South in Their eyes were watching God -- Familiar ground: the rhetoric of "realness" in Mama Day -- "Recuperating" the subject in I, Tituba, black witch of Salem -- Conclusion
Control code
875520899
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780814212622
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013050843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875520899

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