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Black feminist cultural criticism / edited by Jacqueline Bobo.


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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 2001.
  • Book
  • xxv, 337 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-327) and index.
  • Preface: Bearing Witness. Part I: Foundations. Overview. 1. Their Fiction Becomes Our Reality: Black Women Image Makers. (Mary Helen Washington) 2. Toward a Black Feminist Criticism. (Barbara Smith) 3. New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism. (Deborah E. McDowell) 4. But What Do We Think We Are Doing Anyway: The State of Black Feminist Criticism(s) or My Version of a Little Bit of History. (Barbara Christian) Supplementary Readings. Media Resources. Part II: The Moving Image. Overview. 5. Some Reflections on the Negro Actress: The Tattered Queens. (Ruby Dee) 6. Daughters of the Dust. (Jacqueline Bobo) 7. Below the Line: (Re)Calibrating the Filmic Gaze. (C. A. Griffith) 8. In My Mother's House: Black Feminist Aesthetics, Television, and A Raisin in the Sun. (Sheri Parks) Supplementary Readings. Media Resources. Part III: Art. Overview. 9. African-American Women Artists: An Historical Perspective. (Arna Alexander Bontemps and Jacqueline Fonvielle-Bontemps) 10. In Search of a Discourse and Critique/s That Center the Art of Black Women Artists. (Freida High W. Tesfagiorgis) 11. In Their Own Image. (Kellie Jones) 12. The Freedom to Say What She Pleases: A Coversation with Faith Ringgold. (Melody Graulich and Mara Witzling) Supplementary Readings. Media Resources. Part IV: Music and Spoken Word. Overview. 13. Black Women and Music: A Historical Legacy of Struggle. (Angela Y. Davis) 14. Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile. (Tricia Rose) 15. Divas Declare a Spoken-Word Revolution. (Evelyn McDonnell) 16. 'A Laying on of Hands': Transcending the City in Ntozake Shange's for Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf. (Carolyn Mitchell) Supplementary Readings. Media Resources. Part V: Material Culture. Overview. 17. The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power. (Audre Lorde) 18. African American Quilts: Paradigms of Black Diversity. (Cuesta Benberry) 19. Harriet Powers: Portrait of An African-American Quilter. (Gladys-Marie Fry) 20. Empathy, Energy, and Eating: Politics and Power in The Black Family Dinner Quilt Cookbook. (Sally Bishop Shigley) Supplementary Reading. Media Resources. Contributors. Media Resources Directory of Distributors. Bibliography. Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
Black Feminist Cultural Criticism is the first comprehensive analysis of the full range of Black women's creative achievements. In this outstanding collection, writers and scholars in literature, film, television, theater, music, spoken word, art, material culture, and other cultural forms explicate Black women's artistry within the context of an activist framework. The contributors examine the politics of cultural production and the ways in which Black women artists have formed a cultural movement impelling collective actions for progressive social change. The volume addresses the origins of quilt traditions, the innovative story quilts of Faith Ringgold, and the role music and other cultural practices play in preserving and perpetuating vital traditions. The volume charts new directions by expanding the contours of how we conceptualize and analyze creativity. It is a praisesong to those who have contributed greatly to resistance efforts against racial, sexual, and other devastating oppressions while designing for themselves and their families a better world. Their handicrafts, quilt designs, decorations, foods and recipes, rituals and sacraments - handed down through generations - are integral components of Black women's cultural legacy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Bobo, Jacqueline.
Keyworks in cultural studies ; 3.

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