Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, June

A Narrative Review of Maternal Depression Research Focusing on Women of Caribbean Descent in the Diaspora and Caribbean Women in the Region
Introduction The postpartum period can bring significant emotional and mental health challenges to women who experience maternal depression. North American and European research on postpartum depression estimates a 10-15% rate for the condition...
A Subtlety by Kara Walker: Teaching Vulnerable Art
Introduction This article stems from one of the intersections among visual art, literature, and critical and creative thinking, around which I developed a course, Women's Literature in International Perspective, at my institution in Spring 2015....
Carving Caribbean Spaces in Between: The Life of Ruth Gourzong in 20th Century Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Introduction My mother is Costa Rican from Puerto Limon (via Jamaica) and my father is from Panama (via Jamaica). Though I was born in New York, my relationship with Costa Rica has been life-long. For this reason, I write about the life and legacy...
Claiming the Politics of Articulation through Agency and Wholeness in Two Afro-Hispanic Postcolonial Narratives
It isn't privilege or pity That I seek It isn't reverence or safety Quick happiness or purity But The power to be what I am/a woman Charting my own futures/a woman Holding my beads in my hand --Grace Nichols, i is a long memoried...
"Everything Remains the Same and Yet Nothing Is the Same": Neocolonialism in the Caribbean Diaspora through the Language of Family and Servitude
Introduction Although many of the former European colonies in the Caribbean have obtained their political independence, the process of decolonization continues to this day. Not only are the newly formed nations economically and culturally tied to...
Fanm Vanyan: A Cultural Interpretation of Resilience in Haitian Women
Introduction The concept of resilience is one that is not easily translatable in Haitian Creole. The word resilience does not exist. Haitian social workers, psychologists, and scholars have attempted to verbalize this concept in culturally relevant...
Finding Your Own Magic: How Obeah and Voodoo Provide Women Agency in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and Tiphanie Yanique's Land of Love and Drowning
Magic has the power to shape minds, hearts, and nations, nobody knows better about this power then the oppressed and marginalized peoples of the Caribbean. In this region of the world, magic goes by the names of: Obeah, Voodoo, and Santeria. Santeria...
Interview with Patricia Mohammed: The Status of Indo-Caribbean Women: From Indenture to the Contemporary Period
Patricia Mohammed--Bio 2015 Patricia Mohammed is currently Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies and Campus Chair, School for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Trinidad. She previously served...
Introduction: Women and Gender: Looking toward "Caribbeanness"
In this special issue of the JIWS, fourteen authors explore varying iterations of "Caribbeanness" and what it means to identify its specific cultural unity through diversity in literature, various forms of activism, and constructions of feminism, identity,...
Julia Alvarez and Haiti: Transgressing Imposed Borders in in the Time of the Butterflies, A Wedding in Haiti, and Protests against Ruling 0168-13
When we have seen a thing, we have to tell the story. Julia Alvarez (A Wedding in Haiti 127) In her travel memoir, A Wedding in Haiti, author Julia Alvarez sees many "things" in the Dominican Republic's fraught relationship with Haiti. In the following...
Reassessing Caribbean Migration: Love, Power and (Re) Building in the Diaspora
Introduction The magnitude of Caribbean migration has had a tremendous impact on many Caribbean island states (Segal, 1987). Large-scale migration from the region has traditionally been theorized from an economic or socio-political perspective (McElory...
(Re)imagining Haiti through the Eyes of a Seven-Year-Old Girl
For many Haitian-born artists from the Diaspora, the process of reimagining Haiti in their work has represented an important space of negotiation. (2) Themes of ancient folk tales, social and political discourses, and migration proliferate as writers...
Social Erotics: The Fluidity of Love, Desire and Friendship for Same-Sex Loving Women in Trinidad
Introduction Caribbean feminist scholars have been troubling dominant notions pertaining to the concepts of love, desire and friendship, particularly showing their messiness in the lived experiences of same-sex loving women in the Caribbean. Paraphrasing...
The Politics of Natural Knowing: Contraceptive Plant Properties in the Caribbean
Introduction In Jamaica Kinkaid's short story "Girl" (1978), a mother in Antigua gives advice to her daughter in a string of straightforward lessons told sharply and hastily, allowing the child only two brief responses throughout the long monologue....
Wifredo Lam, the Shango Priestess, and the Femme Cheval
Introduction When we ponder the Negritude movement in the Caribbean, we generally think in masculine terms. In 1987 Aime Cesaire did much to reinforce the movement's perception as exclusively masculine when in his "Discours sur la Negritude" he...
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