Elsewhere, Is the Mother a Place?
This coda provides a meditation on the brown and black mother and her role in producing brown jouissance. Rather than a working through of any particular work of art, the discussion here involves a theoretical meditation on her estrangement from the familial. While this distention might result in mourning, we might also locate non-Oedipal possibilities for relationality that center a queer (and black and brown) femininity. This chapter orients that conversation around Audre Lorde’s Zami and her discussion of the mother in relation to geography and her own identity as a black lesbian.
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