O belo e o erótico em 'The Fat Black Woman's Poems', de Grace Nichols

Translated title of the contribution: Beauty and eroticism in 'The Fat Black Woman's Poems' by Grace Nichols

Eduarda Barata, Carlos Ceia (Editor/Coordinator)

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Abstract

A partir dos poemas do livro The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (1984) de Grace Nichols (1950-) compreende-se uma ressemantização da noção de estética e beleza feminina: a beleza negra e gorda é celebrada, contrapondo-se ao ideal eurocêntrico branco. A mulher negra e gorda é um agente activo nessa asserção e apropriação do conceito de beleza e do feminino. A partir de conceitos de uma historiografia obsoleta, erigida com recurso a noções preconceituosas sobre o corpo feminino negro – como a esteatopigia – o sujeito poético afirma a sua beleza, com recurso à ironia e imagética da Natureza. A “mulher preta e gorda” é a fundadora de uma nova era estética e de celebração do feminino. Neste artigo analiso todas essas referências, considerando uma visão do erótico, da sensualidade e da beleza feminina na poesia contemporânea desta autora nascida na Guiana.


Grace Nichols (1950-), with her poetry book The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (1984), leads the reader towards a comprehension of feminine beauty and aesthetics that includes and celebrates fat and blackness. The “fat black woman” challenges and contradicts the Eurocentric white beauty canon, making a “re-semantization” of that ideology. Considering historiographic concepts that are obsolete and ascertain an aesthetic and social prejudice towards black bodies, especially black women bodies (like steatopygia), the “fat black woman” asserts her beauty, using irony and nature imagery. The “fat black woman” is a founder of a new era of beauty and celebration of the feminine. In this article I examine all these concepts and ideas, taking into consideration a perspective on eroticism, sensuality, and feminine beauty in this work by the Guyanese-born poet.
Translated title of the contributionBeauty and eroticism in 'The Fat Black Woman's Poems' by Grace Nichols
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationTalent Will Rise - Ensaios de Literatura Inglesa Contemporânea
EditorsCarlos Ceia
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages163-173
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781983634857
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • English and North-American Literature
  • English Studies
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Literary Studies
  • Caribbean-British Literature
  • Black Poetry
  • Beauty
  • Women's studies
  • Fat
  • Steatopygia
  • Representation
  • Feminine
  • Poetry
  • Guyana

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