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Video – Entrevista a Walter Prodencio Magne Veliz (Embajador Boliviano en Alemania)

By Walter Prodencio Magne Veliz
FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research

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Home in the Margin: Spatial Politics in Beloved

By Shu-ching Chen
REAL: Review of English and American Literature [Yingmei wenxue pinglun]

This article investigates the spatial politics in the margin as is dramatized in Beloved(1987).  An on-going concern we fined in African American writer Toni Morrison’s works is the efforts on the part of African American community to reanchor themselves in cultural sites that have been taken away from them through slavery-bodies, land, home and community.  Drawing upon Foucault, Massey, and Shields, I argue that the formation of place has its history and is ineluctably linked up with hegemony and capitalism.  Spatial politics suggested by de Certeau, bell hooks, Pile and Keith, however, offer tactics and strategies for us to understand how people in the margin reclaim their lost “grounds.”  I show the ways in which black slave families are marginalized through the spatial division and regulation by white slavery system.

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