Space, Emotion, and Gender

Mapping Transcultural Identity in Kym Ragusa’s "The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging"


  • Eva Pelayo Sañudo Universidad de Cantabria



memoir, transculturality, space, gender, emotion


This article examines Kym Ragusa’s The Skin between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging as a gendered transcultural narrative from the standpoint of spatial theory. In order to do so, it contextualizes the text within the framework of memoir writing and subsequently analyzes the representation of varied emotional spaces in the process of recovering one’s identity as displayed by the narrative voice. This research contends that the use of memoir, a genre particularly used by ‘marginal’ voices, is an adequate means to critically reflect on the (de)construction of identity as well as convey alternative patterns of gender relations and cultural negotiations. In addition, it stresses the central role of space and emotions in reflecting the transculturality and intersectionality of the diasporic and gendered subject.


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How to Cite

Pelayo Sañudo, E. (2022). Space, Emotion, and Gender: Mapping Transcultural Identity in Kym Ragusa’s "The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging". Journal of English Studies, 20, 197–217.