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By C. Henderson

This quantity explores problems with black girl identity through a few of the "imaginings" of the black girl physique in print and visible culture. Offering an exploration of the continuities and discontinuities of subjectivity and supplier, this assortment finds black women's expressivity as a multilayered firm, releasing and equally confining. hence those representations in paintings, literature, and tradition practice a fragile and not easy dance of redemption--a redemption essential to flesh out the precarious dynamics of being black and feminine on the flip of this century. Contributions emphasize the ways that the black woman physique is framed and the way black ladies (and their allies) have sought to put in writing themselves again into social discourses on their terms. 

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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 32 Kaila Adia Story Racing Sex—Sexing Race 33 It was in Philadelphia that I first found myself in prolonged contact with negroes; all the domestics in my hotel were men of color. I can scarcely express to you the painful impression that I received, especially since the feeling that they inspired in me is contrary to all our ideas about the confraternity of the human type [genre] and the unique origin of our species.

I contend that as a result of doing this, European enslavers reinvented the materiality of African bodies as commodities (which inevitably excluded them from normalcy). As Europeans placed themselves in a position of authority over African bodies, they simultaneously placed themselves in a position to reproduce the intelligibility of African bodies. As a result, Europeans began to recreate and rewrite the origins, transformation, and potentiality of African bodies through the institutions of enslavement, colonization, and science.

Coleman, Arica. ” History News Network, George Mason University. 25 Aug. 2008. us/articles/53429. html>. Web. Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought. New York: Routledge, 1990. Print. Dowd, Maureen. ” New York Times. 11 Jun. 2008. Print. Doyle, Laura. Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture. New York: Oxford UP, 1994. Print. Henderson, Carol E. Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2002.

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