Not Just Any Dress

Narratives of Memory, Body, and Identity

Author: Sandra Weber,Claudia Mitchell

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820461182

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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If dresses could talk, what stories might they tell? This compelling collection of short stories, essays, and poems features dress as the structural grounding for autobiographical accounts from women's lives in Western society. Often personal in nature, these -dress stories- point unfailingly to matters of social and cultural import. Some of the dresses described inhabit the popular imagination: the little girl dress, the communion dress, the school uniform, the prom dress, the wedding dress, the little black dress, and the burial dress. Beyond the semiotic, tactile, and visual aspects of the dresses themselves, the narratives delve into what dresses reveal about fundamental aspects of human experience: identity, embodiment, relationship, and mortality. Bought or made, then worn, forgotten, remembered, re-constructed, and re-interpreted, each dress offers a new glimpse into how we construct meaning in our daily lives, and how dresses serve to reinforce or resist social structures and cultural expectations."

African Lace-bark in the Caribbean

The Construction of Race, Class, and Gender

Author: Steeve O. Buckridge

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472569318

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 216

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In Caribbean history, the European colonial plantocracy created a cultural diaspora in which African slaves were torn from their ancestral homeland. In order to maintain vital links to their traditions and culture, slaves retained certain customs and nurtured them in the Caribbean. The creation of lace-bark cloth from the lagetta tree was a practice that enabled slave women to fashion their own clothing, an exercise that was both a necessity, as clothing provisions for slaves were poor, and empowering, as it allowed women who participated in the industry to achieve some financial independence. This is the first book on the subject and, through close collaboration with experts in the field including Maroon descendants, scientists and conservationists, it offers a pioneering perspective on the material culture of Caribbean slaves, bringing into focus the dynamics of race, class and gender. Focussing on the time period from the 1660s to the 1920s, it examines how the industry developed, the types of clothes made, and the people who wore them. The study asks crucial questions about the social roles that bark cloth production played in the plantation economy and colonial society, and in particular explores the relationship between bark cloth production and identity amongst slave women.

Mappings

Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter

Author: Susan Stanford Friedman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400822577

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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In this powerful work, Susan Friedman moves feminist theory out of paralyzing debates about us and them, white and other, first and third world, and victimizers and victims. Throughout, Friedman adapts current cultural theory from global and transnational studies, anthropology, and geography to challenge modes of thought that exaggerate the boundaries of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and national origin. The author promotes a transnational and heterogeneous feminism, which, she maintains, can replace the proliferation of feminisms based on difference. She argues for a feminist geopolitical literacy that goes beyond fundamentalist identity politics and absolutist poststructuralist theory, and she continually focuses the reader's attention on those locations where differences are negotiated and transformed. Pervading the book is a concern with narrative: the way stories and cultural narratives serve as a primary mode of thinking about the politically explosive question of identity. Drawing freely on modernist novels, contemporary film, popular fiction, poetry, and mass media, the work features narratives of such writers and filmmakers as Gish Jen, Julie Dash, June Jordon, James Joyce, Gloria Anzald%a, Neil Jordon, Virginia Woolf, Mira Nair, Zora Neale Hurston, E. M. Forster, and Irena Klepfisz. Defending the pioneering role of academic feminists in the knowledge revolution, this work draws on a wide variety of twentieth-century cultural expressions to address theoretical issues in postmodern feminism.

Diasporic Women’s Writing of the Black Atlantic

(En)Gendering Literature and Performance

Author: Emilia María Durán-Almarza,Esther Álvarez López

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136656987

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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This book brings together a complete set of approaches to works by female authors that articulate the black Atlantic in relation to the interplay of race, class, and gender. The chapters provide the grounds to (en)gender a more complex understanding of the scattered geographies of the African diaspora in the Atlantic basin. The variety of approaches displayed bears witness to the vitality of a field that, over the years, has become a diasporic formation itself as it incorporates critical insights and theoretical frameworks from multiple disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities, thus exposing the manifold character of (black) diasporic interconnections within and beyond the Atlantic. Focusing on a wide array of contemporary literary and performance texts by women writers and performers from diverse locations including the Caribbean, Canada, Africa, the US, and the UK, chapters visit genres such as performance art, the novel, science fiction, short stories, and music. For these purposes, the volume is organized around two significant dimensions of diasporas: on the one hand, the material—corporeal and spatial—locations where those displacements associated with travel and exile occur, and, on the other, the fluid environments and networks that connect distant places, cultures, and times. This collection explores the ways in which women of African descent shape the cultures and histories in the modern, colonial, and postcolonial Atlantic worlds.

Woher ich kam

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843720894

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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»Unwiderstehlich... Ein Liebeslied über den Ort, an dem ihre Familie seit Generationen lebt, aber ein Liebeslied voller Fragen und Zweifel.« Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Joan Didion wurde in Sacramento geboren und verbrachte die meiste Zeit ihres Lebens in Kalifornien. In Woher ich kam spürt sie der Geschichte und den Mythen dieses Landstrichs nach, und denen ihrer Familie, die seit vielen Generationen an der Westküste beheimatet ist. Sie beschreibt vornehmlich die weibliche Ahnenreihe, aus der sie stammt, von der Ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-Großmutter Elisabeth Scott, geboren 1766 in Virginia, bis zu ihrer Mutter Eduene Jerrett Didion, die 2001 starb und in Joan Didions Augen viele der »Verwirrungen und Widersprüche kalifornischen Lebens« verkörpert hatte. Sie schreibt über die Pioniersfrau und die Rodney-King-Unruhen im Los Angeles der 90er Jahre, über den Bau der ersten Eisenbahn und die kalifornische Besessenheit mit Gefängnissen, und immer wieder über die eigene, höchst wechselvolle Beziehung zu ihrer Heimat.

The Book review digest

Annual cumulation

Author: Clara Elizabeth Fanning,Margaret Jackdon,H.W. Wilson Company,Mary Katharine Reely,Mertice May James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Books

Page: N.A

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Sight and Sound

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Motion picture producers and directors

Page: 32

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Das geheime Leben meiner Kleider

Roman

Author: Erin McKean

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453407732

Category:

Page: 382

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Als ihre Grossmutter durch einen Schlaganfall ins Koma fällt, lässt Dora ihren Studentenjob sausen, um sich um Mimi zu kümmern und deren Vintage-Boutique weiter zu betreiben. So entdeckt sie, dass Mimi die Lebensgeschichte vieler Kleider aufgeschrieben hat, um sie den Kunden als Geschenk mitzugeben.

Jenes andere Leben

Roman

Author: Nuruddin Farah

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518744429

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Als Bella vom gewaltsamen Tod ihres Bruders Aar bei einem terroristischen Anschlag in Mogadischu erfährt, bricht die erfolgsverwöhnte Modefotografin umgehend auf, um sich der halbwüchsigen Kinder des Bruders anzunehmen. In Nairobi, wo Aar mit den Kindern lebte, übernimmt sie tatkräftig die Verantwortung, denn Valerie, die Mutter der Kinder, hat die Familie bereits vor Jahren verlassen, um mit einer anderen Frau ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Jetzt aber erhebt sie ihre eigenen Ansprüche, und zwischen den Frauen entspinnt sich ein gnadenloser Machtkampf ... In seinem neuen großen Roman erzählt der Nobelpreiskandidat Nuruddin Farah das bewegende Schicksal einer Familie in Zeiten des politischen und gesellschaftlichen Umbruchs.