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By Simone A. James Alexander

Stimulated through a becoming have to deal with questions of transnationalism, woman mobility, and citizenship, this booklet deals an in-depth learn of selective texts of Audre Lorde (Barbadian-American), Edwidge Danticat (Haitian-American), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupean-American) and beauty Nichols (Guyanese-British). The ebook examines transnational migration or move not just by way of actual trips, however it additionally employs the trope of migration as resistance, as dissent. interpreting the pervasive flow of our bodies, this ebook demanding situations the pathologization ascribed to black lady sexuality/body, subverting its assumed definition as diseased, passive, and docile. Investigating how black girl identities and sexualities flow globally, it specializes in problems with embodiment, how women's our bodies are learn and obvious; how our bodies “perform” and are played upon; how they problem hierarchical constructs and disrupt normative criteria. in addition, it depicts how lady topics not just discursively engender a parallel “migration” that disrupts and debunks hierarchical buildings, yet how in addition they engender a politics of resistance and subversion of mainstream/dominant discourse, a detour from normative categorizations and ideologies, a migration from and problem of unmarried, fastened, heteronormative, heterosexual definitions of self. In essence, it examines the politics and economics of migratory events, re-examining and reconfiguring the definition of citizenship to mirror transnational events and subjectivities, and the transferring definitions of domestic. The book's engagement with severe race idea, provides one other layer to its specialty by means of enticing “disability” reviews, albeit peripherally, because it demanding situations the build of sickness, wellbeing and able-bodiedness as configured via Western scientific technology.

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Consequently, Lorde rejects homogeneous categorization of female patients, imploring that women empower themselves by rejecting “body conformity” and the “theft” of the body. Responding to the “theft,” Lorde repudiates the essentialist approach in treating all female bodies. Addressing how certain bodies are stigmatized, M. 1 Straddling multiple borders and embodying multiple “incompatible” identities, including gay, black, woman, feminist, lesbian, and mother, Lorde qualifies as an “outlaw” of the state, to borrow Alexander’s term.

So her refusal to wear a prosthesis is an act of transgression that engenders the interplay of deviance and defiance, obvious disqualifiers of a (model) citizen. Politicizing the body within the framework of race, class, and gender politics, Lorde challenges the established heteronormative/heterosexual order and objects to the blanketed deviance and pathology within which black women are encoded; “scripting” instead an alternative discourse that subversively exposes the inherent “deviance” of racism.

In line with this claim, Lorde’s personal diary promotes a transnational agenda in that it functions as a public, political document that fosters the flow of ideas. Lorde literally writes (on) her body, creating a new text that supplants the master “Crimes against the Flesh”: Politics and Poetics of the Black Female Body · 41 narrative, the Eurocentric literary tradition. This self-examination creates a new theoretical framework that fiercely interrogates the labeling of certain bodies as diseased and deviant.

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