Black corporeality: exploring women's embodiment in Caribbean, Brazilian and diasporic histories

White, Jessica Helen Jennifer (2018). Black corporeality: exploring women's embodiment in Caribbean, Brazilian and diasporic histories. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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Black and brown women have long been written out of official histories and remain invisible in the publication of literature. They are the products of multiple, conflictive historical processes and today, their voices remain unheard, particularly in Hispanic Caribbean and Brazilian contexts. It is essential that this silence is addressed and questions of race, gender, womanhood, migration and politics in the Hispanic Caribbean, Brazil and the diaspora are explored, offering suggestions as to how history could be rewritten. By engaging with literature, :film and performance texts by Jose:fina Baez, Nelly Rosario, Mayra Santos- Febres, Carlos Diegues, Celia Aparecida Pereira (Celinha), Miriam Alves, Concei<;ao Evaristo and Esmeralda Ribeiro, it is possible to relocate black and brown women within the realms of a new, inclusive, cross-Caribbean black feminist consciousness. The main source of oppression for black and brown women are their migrating, marked and politicised bodies, and this study adds to corporeal discourse, providing an essential lens through which to explore their experiences and reveal the extent to which these bodies offer a collective tone of protest towards systems, processes and historical moments that have not only marginalised, but ignored them.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Modern Languages
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Instituto Camões
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater


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