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Oshun S Daughters

Author: Vanessa K. Valdés
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438450435
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Examines the ways in which the inclusion of African diasporic religious practices serves as a transgressive tool in narrative discourses in the Americas. Oshun’s Daughters examines representations of African diasporic religions from novels and poems written by women in the United States, the Spanish Caribbean, and Brazil. In spite of differences in age, language, and nationality, these women writers all turn to variations of traditional Yoruba religion (Santería/Regla de Ocha and Candomblé) as a source of inspiration for creating portraits of womanhood. Within these religious systems, binaries that dominate European thought—man/woman, mind/body, light/dark, good/evil—do not function in the same way, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing or reconciling these radical differences. Involvement with these African diasporic religions thus provides alternative models of womanhood that differ substantially from those found in dominant Western patriarchal culture, namely, that of virgin, asexual wife/mother, and whore. Instead we find images of the sexual woman, who enjoys her body without any sense of shame; the mother, who nurtures her children without sacrificing herself; and the warrior woman, who actively resists demands that she conform to one-dimensional stereotypes of womanhood.

The Afro Latin Experience In Contemporary American Literature And Culture

Author: Jill Toliver Richardson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319319213
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This book examines contemporary [email protected] literature and its depiction of the multifaceted identity encompassing the separate identifications of Americans and the often-conflicting identities of blacks and [email protected] The [email protected] Experience in Contemporary American Literature and Culture highlights the writers’ aims to define [email protected] identity, to rewrite historical narratives so that they include the [email protected] experience and to depict the search for belonging. Their writing examines the [email protected] encounter with race within the US and exposes the trauma resulting from the historical violence of colonialism and slavery.

The Cambridge History Of Latina O American Literature

Author: John Morán González
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316873676
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The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature emphasizes the importance of understanding Latina/o literature not simply as a US ethnic phenomenon but more broadly as an important element of a trans-American literary imagination. Engaging with the dynamics of migration, linguistic and cultural translation, and the uneven distribution of resources across the Americas that characterize Latina/o literature, the essays in this History provide a critical overview of key texts, authors, themes, and contexts as discussed by leading scholars in the field. This book demonstrates the relevance of Latina/o literature for a world defined by the migration of people, commodities, and cultural expressions.

Diasporic Blackness

Author: Vanessa K. Valdés
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438465157
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Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad. A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educated men and women, as well as a prominent Freemason, a writer, and an institution-builder. While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. In the aftermath of the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898, he would go on to cofound the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and assembling books, prints, pamphlets, articles, and other ephemera produced by Black men and women from across the Americas and Europe. His curated library collection at the New York Public Library emphasized the presence of African peoples and their descendants throughout the Americas and would serve as an indispensable resource for the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. By offering a sustained look at the life of one of the most important figures of early twentieth-century New York City, this first book-length examination of Schomburg’s life suggests new ways of understanding the intersections of both Blackness and latinidad.

You Look Like Something Blooming

Author: India Ame'ye
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500607135
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“I am a highly feminine woman unfixed in my femininity.Bending. Weaving. Waddling. Diving. Leaping. Spreading. Spraying.Dripping with femininity. Courageously shapeshifting into a serpent, a pharoah, a Goddess of Love, a warm and transformative ocean, a fairy (with wings), passionfruit or liliquoi, Oshun's daughter, a 7 year old mathematician, a wood nymph, a deer, an altar, an elder person, a mother, a jackhammer, a herbalist, glitter and starlight. Ageless, timeless, spaceless, formless embodiments of royal movement. Sometimes it's growing my ass,thickening my fingers,or rounding out my face (heightening my youth)to get the medicine inside.Becauseanything stagnant dies.”“She spends whole days in uncontrollable ecstasy.And no one is there but her and her higher self.Alone time feels good going inside.”In 2003, triple-Bachelor degreed, India Ame'ye resigned from her Sr. Accountant position in Corporate America in pursuit of passion, love (learning and embodying love), aliveness, and a big ol' adventure. There was also the wonder and magic of pain, grief, sadness, depression, and tiny steps into learning how to return ALL experiences back into love.... and most importantly, allowing the experiences to resonate as love in the body. “You Look Like Something Blooming” is a charming yet raw encounter with spirit, adventure, love, intimacy and sex, pleasure, nature, and so much more. Described as refreshingly radical, authentic, healing, opening, while being a bit dreamy, tender, faraway, lulling, ancient yet familiar. Occasionally quite funny alongside some brand of thrilling, womanly wildness. Chockfull of intimate and feminine arts in deeply honest ways, you are sure to transform in thought, action, pleasure, and/or adventure. There are also the more practical and serious bits as well as life is like that sometimes, where you have to hold the mirror up and say 'I am ready to stop hurting my organs!' It's steaming cauldron full of magical secrets and healthy living (blooming) tips, bit of this and whole lot of that! From skin to body sculpting tips to ways to come alive in your body and life, how one falls out of love and rises as love, the seed and harvest of her own love story. “You Look Like Something Blooming” is seriously 5 books in 1.

Let Spirit Speak

Author: Vanessa K. Valdés
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438442173
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Interdisciplinary celebration of the cultural contributions of members of the African Diaspora in the Western hemisphere.

Caribbean Literature And The Public Sphere

Author: Raphael Dalleo
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813932025
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Bringing together the most exciting recent archival work in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone Caribbean studies, Raphael Dalleo constructs a new literary history of the region that is both comprehensive and innovative. He examines how changes in political, economic, and social structures have produced different sets of possibilities for writers to imagine their relationship to the institutions of the public sphere. In the process, he provides a new context for rereading such major writers as Mary Seacole, José Martí, Jacques Roumain, Claude McKay, Marie Chauvet, and George Lamming, while also drawing lesser-known figures into the story. Dalleo’s comparative approach will be important to Caribbeanists from all of the region’s linguistic traditions, and his book contributes even more broadly to debates in Latin American and postcolonial studies about postmodernity and globalization.

The Woman Who Read Too Much

Author: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804794294
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Gossip was rife in the capital about the poetess of Qazvin. Some claimed she had been arrested for masterminding the murder of the grand Mullah, her uncle. Others echoed her words, and passed her poems from hand to hand. Everyone spoke of her beauty, and her dazzling intelligence. But most alarming to the Shah and the court was how the poetess could read. As her warnings and predictions became prophecies fulfilled, about the assassination of the Shah, the hanging of the Mayor, and the murder of the Grand Vazir, many wondered whether she was not only reading history but writing it as well. Was she herself guilty of the crimes she was foretelling? Set in the world of the Qajar monarchs, mayors, ministers, and mullahs, this book explores the dangerous and at the same time luminous legacy left by a remarkable person. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani offers a gripping tale that is at once a compelling history of a pioneering woman, a story of nineteenth century Iran told from the street level up, and a work that is universally relevant to our times.

Osun Across The Waters

Author: Joseph M. Murphy
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253108630
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Ã’sun is a brilliant deity whose imagery and worldwide devotion demand broad and deep scholarly reflection. Contributors to the ground-breaking Africa's Ogun, edited by Sandra Barnes (Indiana University Press, 1997), explored the complex nature of Ogun, the orisa who transforms life through iron and technology. Ã’sun across the Waters continues this exploration of Yoruba religion by documenting Ã’sun religion. Ã’sun presents a dynamic example of the resilience and renewed importance of traditional Yoruba images in negotiating spiritual experience, social identity, and political power in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora. The 17 contributors to Ã’sun across the Waters delineate the special dimensions of Ã’sun religion as it appears through multiple disciplines in multiple cultural contexts. Tracing the extent of Ã’sun traditions takes us across the waters and back again. Ã’sun traditions continue to grow and change as they flow and return from their sources in Africa and the Americas.

Sassafrass Cypress Indigo

Author: Ntozake Shange
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429956666
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Ntozake Shange's beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (The New York Times).