This essay engages the activism of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, along with Black feminist cultural productions such as the 2019 song “Almeda” by Solange and Melina Matsoukas’s 2019 film Queen and Slim, to offer a cimarrona approach for practicing Florida study. The cimarrona is a rebellious being who can lead us to apply a radical lens for understanding life, freedom struggles, and death in Florida—one that underscores the refusal of Blackness, which we can understand as a form of fugitivity. I argue that these Black feminist works evoke Florida as a Black Atlantic site and freedom route.
Fugitive State: Toward a Cimarrona Approach for Florida Cultural Studies
Jillian Hernandez is Assistant Professor in the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida. Correspondence to: Jillian Hernandez, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, University of Florida, 162 Fletcher Drive, PO Box 117352, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jillian Hernandez; Fugitive State: Toward a Cimarrona Approach for Florida Cultural Studies. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 41–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.41
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