Margarita Rosa

I am a culture writer and Ph. D candidate in Literature at Princeton University. My work centers around the worlds of fashion, politics, tech, and art.

Yaa Gyasi’s ‘Homegoing’: The Historical-Fiction Account of the Atlantic Slave Trade We’ve All Been Missing

“Marjorie splashed him suddenly, laughing loudly before swimming away, toward the shore,” reads the last passage from Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel Homegoing, published in 2016. Two hundred years before, Gyasi narrates, Marjorie’s ancestors would have been floating away from the shore she was swimming towards. Marjorie’s character is a descendant of Effia and Esi, two sisters whose paths — and subsequently, lineages — are separated when Esi is sequestered by slavers on the Gold Coast and Effia is marr

I Spent the Last Year Reading all of Toni Morrison’s Novels — Here’s What I Learned.

Toni Morrison’s novels will take your breath away. Each and every single one. But it wasn’t until I made a commitment to read each and every one of Morrison’s books that I realized the extend of her literary dexterity and thematic range. Most people recognize Morrison as the quintessential crafter of complex black subjects, but her work also teaches us important lessons about motherhood, friendship, and belonging. Toni Morrison’s collection of works is often based on an atemporal unfolding of n

Da’esh, destruction of archeological sites

Conquest, whether through the military seize of nomad populations or through the hegemonic appeal to “purification,” continues to function as the displacement of identity through the destruction of memory and the erasure of history. Conquest is not only about proliferation, growth in numbers. Conquest is also about extermination of the evidence. Today, the destruction of archeological remains of ancient and fleeting civilization in the lands of Iraq and Syria, whose every presence is at once van

Feminizing porn: voyeurism, sexuality as seen in erotica

Thinking about pornography and femininity’s role in its proliferation often incites questions about the permanence of patriarchal culture within our bedrooms and sexual spaces. I have, as of late, been pondering whether sexual liberation in the presence of dichotomous (yet seemingly “consensual”) power relations can in fact theoretically function without contradiction. The opposite has crossed my mind –– whether sexual liberation must include the opportunity for dichotomous (and actually consens

Coverage of Ebola warrants asking, 'which lives matter?'

The most recent Ebola outbreak has prompted an unprecedented worldwide unification of medical tools and techniques, affirming the manifest vulnerability of coexistence and exposing the global need to work together if anyone is to stop spread of the virus. However, the general public has donned a special approach to the Ebola virus, one that is dangerously reminiscent of the stereotypes expelled during the AIDS epidemic and lends itself to the further marginalization and stigmatizing of African p

Hamas is not ISIS, ISIS is not Hamas: UN speech misleading

Last Monday, as the United Nations General Assembly approached its final speeches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised the global audience by likening the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with Hamas, the Palestinian organization with whom Israel fought a belligerent and unequal “war” this past summer. Netanyahu blatantly stated, “Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas.” The half-empty room was shaken by an awkward and unexpected applause, which, to me, was evidence of the power of Netan