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In/Visibility Crises: Transnational Correctives and the Happiness of Black Women in Francophone Prose Fiction and Dramatic Film.
by Sinon, Maria-Gratias, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2020, 180; 27997310
Abstract (Summary)

This project is a broad reflection on the visibility of the self, reexamined through transnational experiences black women have lived, fictionalized, and theorized in francophone contexts. Weaving together fiction, nonfiction, and theory from postcolonial francophone contexts, with theoretical works in anglophone spaces, this project considers how and why the crisis of material and subjective in/visibility that black women have experienced, and their corresponding experiences with happiness, have been made central in fiction. I focus largely on prose fiction and dramatic film, because the intimate narration and visceral imagery they offer become resonance chambers for attempting to convey the crises of in/visibility that black women live. They also help audiences to begin to conceptualize the transnational correctives black women seek to assemble as they migrate across the conflicts of global spaces. I argue that such works, along with documentary films and free verse poetry, weave to longstanding black feminist and black womanist practices of theorizing the eclipsed presence of black women in the canons of fiction and thought, and in particular of francophone work of and by women in global spaces. For such reasons, this project turns to comparative readings of twentieth- and twenty-first century works, in order to tease out how diverse migrations of black women trouble and expose dangerous hegemonies of global “North” and “South” spaces. Through its emphasis on black female protagonists, the project also spotlights how black women are regularly forced into in/visibility, as they are resiliently forge recourse (successfully and unsuccessfully) through transnational correctives to their crises.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flaugh, Christian
Commitee: Chiesa, Laura, Foster, Cecil, Mardorossian, Carine, Negrete, Fernanda
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Romance Languages and Literatures
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Womens studies, Film studies, Black studies
Keywords: Black Women, Film , Francophone, In/visibility, Prose Fiction, Transnational Correctives
Publication Number: 27997310
ISBN: 9798635201749
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