The Lemonade reader / edited by Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin.

Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
xxv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


Biographical/​Historical note
Kinitra D. Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University, USA. Dr. Brooks specializes in the study of black women, genre fiction, and popular culture. She currently has two books in print: Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (2017), a critical treatment of black women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror; and Sycorax's Daughters (2017), an edited volume of short horror fiction written by black women. Her current research focuses on portrayals of the conjure woman in popular culture. Dr. Brooksis servingas the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University for the 2018-2019 academic year. Kameelah L. Martin is Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, USA, where she is also Director of the African American Studies Program. Dr. Martin's research explores the lore cycle of the conjure woman as an archetype in literature and visual texts. She is author of two monographs: Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work,and Other Such Hoodoo (2013) and Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema (2016). She is the Assistant Editor of the College Language Association Journal and has published in Studies in the Literary Imagination; Black Women, Gender,and Families; and the African American National Biography. She has edited special issues of Genealogy andSouth Atlantic Review, and co-edited a section ofThe Routledge Anthology of African American Rhetoric (2018).
Summary note
The Lemonade Reader is an interdisciplinary collection that explores the nuances of Beyoncé's 2016 visual album, Lemonade. The essays and editorials present fresh, cutting-edge scholarship fueled by contemporary thoughts on film, material culture, religion, and black feminism. Envisioned as an educational tool to support and guide discussions of the visual album at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, The Lemonade Reader critiques Lemonade's multiple Afrodiasporic influences, visual aesthetics, narrative arc of grief and healing, and ethnomusicological reach. The essays, written by both scholars and popular bloggers, reflects a broad yet uniquely specific black feminist investigation into constructions of race, gender, spirituality, and southern identity. The Lemonade Reader gathers a newer generation of black feminist scholars to engage in intellectual discourse and confront the emotional labor around the Lemonade phenomena. It is the premiere source for examining Lemonade, a text that will continue to have a lasting impact on black women's studies and popular culture.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction: Beyoncé's Lemonade lexicon
  • Black feminism and spirituality in theory and practice / Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin
  • Interlude A: What do we want from Beyoncé? / Maiysha Kai
  • Interlude B: Bittersweet like me
  • When the lemonade ain't made for Black fat femmes and women / Ashleigh Shackelford
  • PART I: Some shit is just for us. Some shit is just for us: Introduction / Cheryl Finley and Deborah Willis
  • Something akin to freedom: Sexual love, political agency, and Lemonade / Lindsey Stewart
  • Getting to the roots of "Becky with the good hair" in Beyoncé's Lemonade / Janell Hobson
  • Pull the sorrow from between my legs: Lemonade as rumination on reproduction and loss / LaKisha M. Simmons
  • The language of Lemonade: The sociolinguistic and rhetorical strategies of Beyoncé's Lemonade / Alexis McGee
  • Interlude C: How not to listen to Lemonade: Music criticism and epistemic violence / Robin James
  • Interlude D: Women like her cannot be contained: Warsan Shire and poetic potential in Lemonade / Shauna M. Morgan
  • PART II Of her spiritual strivings. Looking for Beyoncé's spiritual longing: The power of visual/sonic meaning-making / Valerie Bridgeman
  • Beyonce's Lemonade folklore: Feminine reverberations of odú and Afro-Cuban orisha iconography / Nicholas R. Jones
  • The slay factor: Beyoncé unleashing the Black Feminine Divine in a blaze of glory / Melanie C. Jones
  • Beyoncé's diaspora heritage and ancestry in Lemonade / Patricia Coloma Peñate
  • Signifying waters: The magnetic and poetic magic of Oshún as reflected in Beyoncé's Lemonade / Martin A. Tsang
  • Beyoncé reborn: Lemonade as spiritual enlightenment / Lauren V. Highsmith
  • Interlude E: From Destiny's Child to Coachella
  • On embracing then resisting others' respectability politics / L. Michael Gipson
  • Interlude F: "Formation" and the Black-ass truth about Beyoncé and capitalism / Tamara Winfrey Harris
  • PART III The lady sings her legacy. The lady sings her legacy: Introduction / Daphne A. Brooks
  • To feel like a "natural woman": Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé and the ecological spirituality of Lemonade / Michele Prettyman Beverly
  • Beyoncé's western South serenade / Tyina Steptoe
  • Beysthetics: "Formation" and the politics of style / Tanisha C. Ford
  • "I used to be your sweet Mama": Beyoncé at the crossroads of blues and conjure in Lemonade / Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin
  • Beyoncé's Lemonade and the black swan effect / Kyra D. Gaunt
  • She gave you Lemonade, stop trying to say it's Tang: Calling out how race-gender bias obscures Black women's achievements in pop music / Birgitta J. Johnson
  • Interlude G: Erasing shame
  • Beyoncé's Lemonade and the Black woman's narrative in cinema / Aramide Tinubu
  • Afterword / by Regina N. Bradley.
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