Black Women's Bodies and The Nation

Black Women's Bodies and The Nation

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Black Women's Bodies and the Nation develops a decolonial approach to representations of Black women's bodies within popular culture in the US, UK and the Caribbean and the racialization and affective load of muscle, bone, fat and skin through the trope of the subaltern figure of the Sable-Saffron Venus as an 'alter/native' (Truillot, 2003). Enslavement, colonialism and settlement in the metropole created the Black woman's body as both other/same and deeply affective whether read as fear, disgust, contempt or fascination. Her body draws attention to the negotiations through which the semblance of consensus on the citizen body is created at the same time as Black women's bodies as Sable-Saffron Venus alter/natives rupture the collective body formed through the (re)iteration, (re)interpretation and (re)presentation of the meanings of muscle, bone, fat and skin. This dismantling of body norms reveals other modes of being through disalienation's (CAcsaire, 2000) refusal of the racial epidermal schema (Fanon, 1967).In her Ford Focus commercial she performs her song a#39;For you I willa#39; for an imagined lover, the Ford Focus with a#39;Aleshaa#39; on the licence plate in the shot and an orchestra playing instruments made from Ford car parts. Her glittery stiletto placed on ... Lulu Hunt Petersa#39; (1918) Diet and Health with a Key to the Calories became the first best-selling weight control book (Brumberg, 2000). For her, fat was a failureanbsp;...

Title:Black Women's Bodies and The Nation
Author:Shirley Anne Tate
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-05-29


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