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Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Publication Date: Boston, MA: South End Press, c1981
A groundbreaking work of feminst history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression, Ain't I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women's movement, and black women's involvement with feminsim. In her first major book, published in 1981, bell hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions.
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks
When Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published in 1984, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision. Even so, individual readers frequently found the theory "unsettling" or "provocative." Today, the blueprint for feminist movement presented in the book remains as provocative and relevant as ever. Written in bell hooks's characteristic direct style, Feminist Theory embodies the hope that feminists can find a common language to spread the word and create a mass, global feminist movement.
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
Publication Date: New York: Routledge, 1994
In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal.
bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.
Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks
Publication Date: New York: Routledge, 2000
Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan Coop boards, bell hook's Where We Stand is a successful black woman's reflection--personal, straight forward, and rigorously honest--on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined, and how we can find ways to think beyond them.
Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice by bell hooks
Publication Date: New York: Routledge, 2013
What are the conditions needed for our nation to bridge cultural and racial divides? By "writing beyond race," noted cultural critic bell hooks models the constructive ways scholars, activists, and readers can challenge and change systems of domination. In the spirit of previous classics like Outlaw Culture and Reel to Real, this new collection of compelling essays interrogates contemporary cultural notions of race, gender, and class. From the films Precious and Crash to recent biographies of Malcolm X and Henrietta Lacks, hooks offers provocative insights into the way race is being talked about in this "post-racial" era.
(Runtime: 27:31, originally recorded circa 2002, published March 29, 2016)
An interview with bell hooks after the release of her book Communion: the Female Search for Love. The primary topic, in keeping with the focus of the "Speaking Freely" program, was on censorship, critique and dissent. Hooks and the interviewer discuss her view of how censorship does and does not play a role in the United States, the "marketplace of ideas," and her faith that people in the United States want to hear and read dissenting works.
(Runtime: 26:58, originally recorded in 1999, published March 18, 2020)
A recording of an interview focused on bell hooks's All About Love. Hooks and the interviewer converse about her supposition that abuse cannot co-exist with love and hooks's notes how others have reacted to that idea. Much of the second half of the interview revolves around her ideas about love in popular culture and how gender determines one's point of view on love and one's ability to love.
(Runtime: 42:53, published March 5, 2008)
A lecture given by bell hooks which is primarily the reading of excerpts from new writings (as of 2008). The writings includes reflections on her return to Kentucky and the spirituality therein, English teachers and the need for teachers to help and not hurt, and censorship. She also discusses, in the context of her career white people hearing critique from people of color as anger only, blame and forgiveness, and accountability.
(Runtime: 58:34, originally recorded March 3, 2003, published March 23, 2020)
A talk given by bell hooks which primarily focuses on patriarchy and the distinction she wants to make between patriarchal masculinity and masculinity. She also reads two of her children's books. There is a question and answer section as well.