What made writing my book interesting for me, and hopefully my readers, is my interrogation of these representations within multiple arenas. For example, within the realm of popular culture I discuss blues singers such as Ma Rainey; actresses such as Mo’Nique of The Parkers; Miss Piggy from Sesame Street; Oprah; Missy Elliott; Miss Lou, Jamaican poet and actress among other things; and Carlene the ex-dancehall queen just to name a few. I also discuss historical figures such as the Venus Hottentot and eighteenth century Barbadian entrepreneur Rachel Pringle. The literary characters I discuss come from a range of texts, including Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s, Nervous Conditions, Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Grace Nichol’s The Fat Black Woman’s Poems, and Derek Walcott’s epic poem, Omeros.
The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies. Lexington Press (2006).
Book Chapters and Articles
“Big Fat Fish: The Hypersexualization of the Fat Female Body in Calypso and
Dancehall.” Music, Memory and Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination. Eds. Patricia J. Saunders, Sandra Pouchet Paquet, and Stephen Stuempfle. Ian Randle Publishers (2007).
About Andrea Elizabeth Shaw:
Andrea Elizabeth Shaw is Assistant Director of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.