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Re-Imagining Black Women – A Critique of Post-Feminist and Post-Racial Melodrama in Culture and Politics - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Re-Imagining Black Women: A Critique of Post-Feminist and Post-Racial Melodrama in Culture and Politics

Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd

Abstract

Re-Imagining Black Women dissects “post-politics”—the repertoire of dominant fantasies, frames, and narratives that hope for an afterlife beyond the social activism of the mid-twentieth century. This push for post-politics, such as post-feminism or post-racial thinking, serves as a form of race, gender, and class management that is uniquely suited for this neoliberal era. Alexander-Floyd centers black women as subjects, locating Moynihan’s black cultural pathology melodrama as the earliest basis for neoliberalism’s focus on self-regulation, solidifying patriarchal family formations, and the sp ... More

Keywords: post-feminism, post-racial, melodrama, psychoanalysis, women’s studies, black studies, black politics, liminality, abject, black women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479855858
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479855858.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, author
Rutgers University, New Brunswick