The Fat Black Woman's Poems

Author: Grace Nichols

Publisher: Virago Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 64

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Grace Nichols gives us images that stare us straight in the eye, images of joy, challenge, accusation. Her 'fat black woman' is brash; rejoices in herself; poses awkward questions to politicians, rulers, suitors, to a white world that still turns its back. Grace Nichols writes in a language that is wonderfully vivid yet economical of the pleasures and sadnesses of memory, of loving, of 'the power to be what I am, a woman, charting my own futures'.

The Embodiment of Disobedience

Fat Black Women's Unruly Political Bodies

Author: Andrea Elizabeth Shaw

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Political Science

Page: 151

View: 648

The Embodiment of Disobedience explores the ways in which the African Diaspora has rejected the West's efforts to impose imperatives of slenderness and mass market fat-anxiety.

Social Sciences

The Big Issues

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Psychology Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 189

View: 126

An introduction for students of all levels to the big social science debates and important concepts in recent discussion of identity, citizenship, social divisions, consumption and class, gender, race and ethnicity, the role of the media and the.

The Insomnia Poems

Author: Grace Nichols



Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 604

In her latest collection, The Insomnia Poems, Grace Nichols explores those nocturnal hours when Sleep (the thief who nightly steals your brain) is hard to come by, and the politics of the day hard to shut out, never mind the lavender-scented pillow. Here memories of her own Guyana childhood mingle with the sleeping spectres of dreams and folk legends such as Sleeping Beauty. A lyrical interweaving of tones and textures invites the reader into the zones between sleep and no-sleep, between the solitude of the dark and the awakening of the light. The Insomnia Poems is Grace Nichols's first new collection since Picasso, I Want My Face Back (2009). Neither that collection nor this one is included in her Bloodaxe retrospective, I Have Crossed an Ocean (2010).

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture [3 volumes]

Origins, Experiences, and Culture

Author: Carole Elizabeth Boyce Davies

Publisher: ABC-CLIO


Category: Social Science

Page: 1110

View: 301

The authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African Diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries. • More than 500 A–Z entries • Contributions from hundreds of leading scholars • Maps showing key locations in the African Diaspora

Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry

Making Style

Author: Denise DeCaires Narain

Publisher: Psychology Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 903

Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry provides detailed readings of individual poems by women poets whose work has not yet received the sustained critical attention it deserves. These readings are contextualized both within Caribbean cultural debates and postcolonial and feminist critical discourses in a lively and engaged way; revisiting nationalist debates as well as topical issues about the performance of gendered and raced identities within poetic discourse. Newly available in paperback, this book is groundbreaking reading for all those interested in postcolonialism, Gender Studies, Caribbean Studies and contemporary poetry.

Picasso, I Want My Face Back

Author: Grace Nichols

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited


Category: Poetry

Page: 63

View: 471

Art, landscape, and memory are interwoven strands in the fabric of Grace Nichols' latest collection, Picasso, I Want My Face Back. The book opens with a long poem in the voice of Dora Maar, who, as Picasso's muse and mistress, was the inspiration for his iconic painting, The Weeping Woman. The poems are almost interlocking reflections that echo the cubist manner of the painting and allow us to enter the shifting surfaces of Dora Maar's mind and her journey of self reclamation.

Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You

Author: Sofie Hagen

Publisher: HarperCollins UK


Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 569

‘Perfect, kind, hilarious and persuasive’ Lena Dunham ‘You need this book. Your mum needs this book. Your best friend needs this book. Everyone needs a dose of Happy Fat!’ Julie Murphy

Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity

Returning Medusa's Gaze

Author: Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Publisher: University of Virginia Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 412

Taking up the challenge of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective instead of assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is universal, Maria Cristina Fumagalli shows how the Caribbean's contributions to the modern world not only provide a more accurate account of the past but also have the potential to change the way in which we imagine the future. Fumagalli uses the myth of Medusa's gaze turning people into stone to describe the way North Atlantic modernity freezes its "others" into a state of perpetual backwardness that produces an ethnocentric narrative based on homogenization, vilification, and disempowerment that actively ignores what fails to conform to the story it wants to tell about itself. In analyzing narratives of modernity that originate in the Caribbean, the author explores the region's refusal to succumb to Medusa's spell and highlights its strategies to outstare the Gorgon. Reflecting a diversity of texts, genres, and media, the chapters focus on sixteenth-century engravings and paintings from the Netherlands and Italy, a scientific romance produced at the turn of the twentieth century by the king of the Caribbean island Redonda, contemporary collections of poetry from the anglophone Caribbean, a historical novel by the Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé, a Latin epic, a Homeric hymn, ancient Egyptian rites, fairy tales, romances from England and Jamaica, a long narrative poem by the Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, and paintings by artists from Europe and the Americas spanning the seventeenth century to the present. Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity offers an original and creative contribution to what it means to be modern.

Literature of the 1980s

After the Watershed

Author: Joseph Brooker

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 125

Relates developments in fiction, poetry and drama to social change - from the new generation of London novelists such as Martin Amis and Ian McEwan to the impact of feminism in the writing of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.