In My Own Words: Andrea Elizabeth Shaw
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
Geoffrey Philp Blog Spot
My book The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies is a project that grew out of my long term interest in the cultural perception of large, black women’s bodies. Growing up as a fat black girl in Jamaica, I loved books and reading, and I always wondered why there were so few characters that looked like me amidst all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels that I voraciously consumed. When characters that even vaguely reminded me of myself, and I do mean vaguely such as Nancy’s black male butler (or was it her chauffeur?), turned up on the page, I read oh so closely to see what the world’s literary imagine was of me, or at least some aspect of my identity. By the time I began my recent book project, it was clear to me what question I wanted to answer: How is the large black woman represented in both literary and popular venues? How is she perceived? How do her race, size and gender intersect in her representation?
Shaw Nevins, A. E. (2007). In My Own Words: Andrea Elizabeth Shaw. Geoffrey Philp Blog Spot Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/834