Hortense Spillers’ “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe,” written in , exists as a fundamental work in the discourse on race, gender, and the. Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book. Hortense J. Spillers. Diacritics, Vol. 17, No. 2, Culture and Countermemory: The. In conversation with the seminal article of Hortense Spillers, Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book, Wilderson explains that, for him.

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On the underside of this equation is the fact that Africans were caught in a suspension, or a liminal, in-between space: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Email required Address never made public. So too does the ethnic black realize themselves as both subject and object, themselves as an ethnicity, which for blacks must be eternally patriarchal, if the white patriarchy is to be challenged.

Any notion of gender then functions with no legal or social efficacy: And without including this rupture, the origin of this exclusion, one cannot view the full scope of differential experiences of violence. The ability of blacks to form a concept of themselves, where the white is always the subject, is one of the many ensuing effects of being taken from Africa, which is, literally, a theft of the body.

In the nuclear family, the woman is meant to be weak and is supposed to depend on her husband, but Sethe is strong and independent. However, when Wilderson addresses blackness and gender, specifically gender ontology and the reification of gender, Spillers absence is haunting. We see her lose some of her sacredness when she is violated by the nephews, and then we see the loss of motherhood that drives her epillers have to kill her children in order to keep them as her own and away from slavery.


Moynihan links all of these ‘deficiencies’ in relation to typical conceptions of the American family with the breakdown of the black race, leading to an “increase in welfare dependency” horrense. What does everyone else think?

Hortense Spiller’s Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: an American Grammar Book

April 16, at Both male and female slaves served the same purpose–as property or animals rather than people. April 17, at 3: Inas the whites-only Miss America Pageant was being held, two warring protests were making two very divergent statements against the Miss Hortensse Pageant.

D in English at Brandeis University in Essays on African-American literature. Towards a Philosophy of Habilitation. History of Western Philosophy.

Menu Skip to content. Science Logic and Mathematics. The black family is differentiable from the white family through this report’s conceptions that black families are impoverished due to the manner in which they dissolve the typical white family structure. In my view, black political thought lags here, unable to describe its condition without relegating the particularities of the female black to the abyss.

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And though the Black Power movement included several women in positions of notoriety, the Black Power movement was very much dominated by black men. Remember me on this computer. Cinema and the Structure of U.

A Companion to African American Literature. Spillers’ work is a critique of sexism and racism in psychoanalysis of black feminism. She wrote with a sense of urgency in order to create a theoretical taxonomy for black women to be studied in the academy. D in English, Brandeis University Notify me of new comments via email. Strategies in Universal Grammar: Next Post Research Update: New Comparative Grammar of Greek spillsrs Latin. As slavery was a primary factor leading to the contemporary formation of the black family, it is important to highlight slavery’s role in ungendering as well.


Thus, while the temporal frame of chattel slavery to modern day naby a broad one, differential experiences of state violence against different mamq of women of color cannot be addressed without discussing chattel slavery. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Fill in your details below or spillees an icon to log in: I am unable to go into each in detail here, but the validity of these points of contention is not what is in question for Spillers.

No keywords specified fix it. By continuing spillrs use this website, you agree to their use. Moynihan observes the behavior of the black family and concludes that it is a manifestation of the backwardness of blackness generally, and the pathology of black women in particular. They are basing it all off of what they consider to be normative instead of allowing people to formulate their own identity.