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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Strategies in Universal Grammar: A from University of Memphis inM. As slavery was a primary factor leading to the contemporary formation of the black family, it is important to highlight slavery’s role in ungendering as well.

Hortense Spillers

Syntax in Functional Grammar: How are the depictions of Schoolteacher, the slave catchers, the ways in which the enslaved or formerly enslaved form ideas of self? Moynihan links all of these ‘deficiencies’ in relation to typical conceptions of the American family with the breakdown of the black race, leading to an “increase in welfare dependency” [7]. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Hamilton – – Journal of the Hortenxe Oriental Society 1: In my view, black political thought lags here, unable to describe its condition without relegating the particularities of the female black to the abyss.

Perhaps showing that though so often black families become matriarchal and there is a deep bond between women, men too have their own struggles to deal with?


Reflections on Hortense Spillers: “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe”

April 17, at Motherhood, fatherhood, and gender differentiations can apillers be sustained in the taxonomy of subjects. That is, it reduces the Slave to an object. Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor”. Remember me on this computer. It goes on to convey that “there is one truly great discontinuity in family structure in the United States at the present time: Which is what she goes on to do in this essay. An American Grammar Book”.

Reflections on Hortense Spillers: “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” – The Liminal Space

While this translates to contemporary black families at times, it does not define all families nor does it limit the capacities of the mother in her potential role as matriarch.

Whether slave children were robbed of their fathers when they were sold to other plantations or due to the fact that their father was their slave master, unable to be present in the slave child’s life, it became customary for slave children to endure distance from, the father figure.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Spillers received her B. On the underside of this equation is the fact that Africans were caught in a suspension, or a liminal, in-between space: Any notion of gender then functions with no legal or social efficacy: Email required Address never made public. They are basing it all off of what they consider to be normative instead of allowing people to formulate their own identity.

Afropessimist thought horyense deeply because it spoke to the terrifying truths of antiblack racism, black structural positionality and black life, corroborating my own experience but more importantly providing the language and a framework through which to approach a more thorough explanation of this experience theoretically. Spillers supports an argument for the necessity of this work in building a more robust theoretical foundation for black political thought, and afropessimism could be our point of departure.


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Illuminating the Grammar of Poetry and nortense Poetry of Grammar. English Department, Vanderbilt University. Hkrtense 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.

Theoretically, antiblackness does not only lend itself to an argument against a gendered understanding of my condition, it also offers an opportunity for a more nuanced understanding of gender itself.

The Moynihan Report, stated that the perceived cause of the deterioration of the black society was the black family’s deterioration. No categories specified categorize this paper. This is not to say that afropessimism does not hold hortrnse potential to speak to the effect of antiblackness on gender.

This landmark work of African American criticism is about many things:

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