K. Merinda Simmons is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Alabama.
K. Merinda Simmons s formalist critical readings of famous women of the Diaspora are perceptive, refreshing, insightful, and destined for notoriety and a successful critical life. One of the most intriguing claims she advances is that the experience of migration had an indelible impact on the ways in which gender, class, and subject positions were defined. Her original analyses of the relation between these categories and geographic locations offer a distinctive analytic resource for the rich enhancement of studies of a Newly Configured Diaspora; literature and religion; and black women s writing. Houston A. Baker, Distinguished University Professor and professor of English at Vanderbilt University "