Full Disclosure

Revisiting Authorship and 'Changing the Subject'


  • K. Merinda Simmons University of Alabama




authorship, subjectivity, rhetoric, authenticity, identity


This brief essay follows up on responses by Leslie Dorrough Smith and Matt K. Sheedy to Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora. In it, I revisit the issue of authorship and some of the processes of disclosure that lie therein, a question approached in various ways by Sheedy (more directly) and Dorrough Smith (more broadly/thematically).

Author Biography

K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama

K. Merinda Simmons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Director of the Religion in Culture MA program at the University of Alabama. Her books include Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora (Ohio State UP, 2014), The Trouble with Post-Blackness (co-edited with Houston A. Baker, Jr., Columbia UP, 2015) and Race and Displacement (co-edited with Maha Marouan, U of Alabama P, 2013). She is working on a monograph tentatively entitled Sourcing Slave Religion: Theorizing Experience in the American South, as well as two co-authored books: Race and New Modernisms (with Andy Crank, Bloomsbury Academic) and Gender: A Critical Primer (with Craig Martin, Equinox Publishing). She is the editor of the book series Concepts in the Study of Religion: Critical Primers.


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Cavanaugh, William. 2009. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385045.001.0001

Cruz, Ariane. 2016. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography. New York: New York University Press.

Dorrough Smith, Leslie. 2018. “Are Sex Scandals about Sex?: How We Tell the Stories of Our Subjects.”

Sheedy, Matt K. 2018. “Who Is a Subject and What Is Her Position?: A Response to Merinda Simmons.



How to Cite

Simmons, K. M. (2018). Full Disclosure: Revisiting Authorship and ’Changing the Subject’. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 9(1), 85–92. https://doi.org/10.1558/post.36357



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