Black Feminist Cultural Criticism is the first comprehensive analysis of the full range of Black women's creative achievements. In this outsdanding collection, writers and scholars in literature, film, television, theatre, music, art, material culture, and other cultural forms explicate Black women's artistry within the context of an activist framework. The contributors are concerned with the politics of cultural production and the ways in which Black women have confronted institutional and social barriers.
"Jacqueline Bobo helps us to see afresh the conscious creativity
underlying Black women's cultural productions. What we have here is
not so much 'criticism' as a reframed revelation." Akasha Gloria
Hull, University of California, Santa Cruz.
"Professor Bobo's text consist of seminal sources on Black women
and Black feminist thought that will quicken and enliven
contemporary discourse. It is an important work." Patrick
Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Preface: Bearing Witness.
Part I: Foundations.
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.
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.
Part II: The Moving Image.
5. Some Reflections on the Negro Actress: The Tattered Queens.
6. Daughters of the Dust. (Jacqueline Bobo).
7. Below the Line: (Re)Calibrating the Filmic Gaze. (C. A.
8. In My Mother's House: Black Feminist Aesthetics, Television,
and A Raisin in the Sun. (Sheri Parks).
Part III: Art.
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).
Part IV: Music and Spoken Word.
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
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).
Part V: Material Culture.
17. The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power. (Audre
18. African American Quilts: Paradigms of Black Diversity.
19. Harriet Powers: Portrait of An African-American Quilter.
20. Empathy, Energy, and Eating: Politics and Power in The Black
Family Dinner Quilt Cookbook. (Sally Bishop Shigley).
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