Month: July 2013

gendering creolisation: creolising affect

“While all black bodies were subject to labour and women laboured equally in the fields the enslaved women were also coerced into sexual labour. This situation ensured the white master’s gain since, if his black concubine became pregnant, he gained another slave by her reproduction, and in any event his sexual appetite was appeased. Notably, in plantation history, the black woman’s body was constructed in specific ways relative to concerns with production and re-production: she was c(h)attle.” Joan Anim-Addo

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Challenging Imperial Feminism

From the archive / Feminist Review Issue 17 /

‘Our task here is to begin to identify the ways a particular tradition, white, Eurocentric and Western, has sought to establish itself as the only legitimate feminism in current poltical practice’

Valerie Amos and Pratibhar Parmar, 1984

Affect and Creolisation


The ‘Affect and Creolisation’ Feminist Review Special Issue addresses questions concerning the legacy of plantation culture, focusing on its shaping of a gendered creolisation and affect. The essays consider ways in which creole textualisation allows for an enlarged discussion of the Creole transnational, including an interrogation of gendered bodily affectivity and agency. The issue raises questions about women’s bodies: are Creole women’s bodies haunted by memories and legacies of a traumatic history of Atlantic slavery and what meanings does this past hold for the present? In their interrogation of the gendered legacy of the plantation, this collection of essays invigorates feminist theorising of the affective.