“A Realm of Monuments and Water”

Lorde-ian Erotics and Shange’s African Diaspora Cosmopolitanism

From: Black Geographies


The continued influence of oppressive “narratives of the past” sheds light on a benefit of African Diaspora Cosmopolitanism: it offers ways of defining concepts such as “freedom,” “family,” or the “erotic” that are alternatives to dominant modes of thinking, especially when these alternatives can tap into groups typically marginalized as intellectually unimportant.



Kimberly N. Ruffin

Kimberly N. Ruffin is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She is working on a literary and cultural study entitled ``Black on Earth: African-Americans and Ecological Insights.''