Hortense Spillers’ “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe,” written in , exists as a fundamental work in the discourse on race, gender, and the. Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book. Hortense J. Spillers. Diacritics, Vol. 17, No. 2, Culture and Countermemory: The. In conversation with the seminal article of Hortense Spillers, Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book, Wilderson explains that, for him.

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The massification of black bodies stems back to her point about black people becoming “ungendered” From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Giorgio Sandri – – In D. April 17, at 3: Sign in to use this feature. And so, connecting to my project, in thinking of the ways in which state violence can be justified against black women in ways that are different from violence against other women of color, one must not simply look at the modern era.

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This site uses cookies. Menu Skip to content. One must think all the way back to the introduction of chattel slavery and the construction of womanhood writ large. How is she distinctively invoking signifying here? And though the Black Power movement included several women in positions of notoriety, the Black Power movement was very much dominated by black men. The only discrepancy spillerx the two was that black women could be used as birthing objects. I think perhaps she was criticizing the idea that a family has to be a nuclear family in order to be an American family, but also showing something deeper.


The report states that “nearly a quarter of Urban Negro Marriages are Dissolved”.

Hortense Spiller’s Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: an American Grammar Book

Pay attention to this quote regarding the meanings of flesh and bodies under enslavement: Illuminating the Grammar of Poetry and the Poetry of Grammar. This did not happen in white families to the same degree.

It goes on to convey that “there is one truly great discontinuity in family structure in the United States at the present time: Science Logic and Mathematics. In the spirit of black feminism, though its ensemble of questions cannot help me here, I must occasion an explanation of black positionality that accounts for the manner of existential negation and the modes of violence which position me, moving beyond the concerns with black patriarchy.

He spiraled into an abyss of insanity, demoralization, and apathy. But a structural analysis would include a discussion of historical context, relations to power and positionality, with an understanding of the black as positioned through spillrrs violence of captivity.

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The black family is differentiable from the white family through this report’s conceptions that black families are impoverished due to horense manner in which they dissolve the typical white family structure. Spillers’ work is a critique of sexism and racism in psychoanalysis of black feminism.


We see her lose some of her sacredness when she is violated by the nephews, and then we see the loss of motherhood that drives her to have to kill her children in order to keep them as her own and hortnese from slavery. To proceed with Spillers argument means not taking for granted concepts like American as being fixed, but being willing to think critically about how identities are formed through complex articulations of power and meaning.

Next Post Research Update: Any notion of gender then functions with no legal or social efficacy: This article has no associated abstract. For Wilderson, there is a line of recognition and incorporation.

An American Grammar Book”. Help Center Find new research papers in: A, University of Memphis; M. D in English at Brandeis University in I think that is one of the main points of her essay: Both femininity and motherhood loses sacredness in the dispossessed. Adult behavior is learned from what is taught as a child by the family institution. What about the way that Morrison complicates the patriarchal role of Paul D.?

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