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Resistance ReimaginedBlack Women's Critical Thought as Survival$
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Regis M. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056586

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056586.001.0001

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“Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name”

“Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name”

Power, Privilege, and the Bodying Forth of Resistance

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(p.114) 4 “Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name”
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Resistance Reimagined
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Regis M. Fox

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056586.003.0005

Novels such as Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose, as well as the focus of “‘Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name’: Power, Privilege, and the Bodying Forth of Resistance,” provoke dialogue with Wilson, Keckly, and Cooper in important ways. Exploring Williams’s engagement with previous legacies of resistance, Chapter 4 draws attention to her disruption of a “neoliberal problematic” via her distinct problematization of the mind-body split and associated tropes of mediation such as the “as-told-to” dynamic. Like Wilson, Williams interrogates the indecipherability of black rage within both interracial and intra-racial liberal matrices of privilege and authority; like Keckly, she destabilizes the “Mammy” figure and undercuts liberal models of interracial friendship; and like Cooper, Williams cultivates an insurgent politics of sound. Becoming together with Wilson, Keckly, and Cooper in the aforementioned ways, Williams’s fiction exhibits a comparable attentiveness to situating blackness beyond conventional registers of containment, intervening into Enlightenment-era discourses of knowledge and self.

Keywords:   Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose, Mammy, Harriet Wilson, Elizabeth Keckly, Elizabeth Keckley, Anna Julia Cooper, Becoming Together, Englightenment

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