In the shifting and conflicting currents of recent cultural criticism, no space is more ambiguous or difficult to define than that held by black feminism. In this new book, Michele Wallace poses the historical and conceptual questions which an emergent black feminist theory address.
The author begins with a consideration of the work of her mother, the artist Faith Ringgold, and moves on to recollections of her own early life in Harlem, and an account of her development as a writer in the 1970s. She examines the collective legacy with which black artists-from Zora Neale Hurston and Ntozake Shange, to Spike Lee and Michael Jackson-must contend in carving out a distinctive cultural practice.
Wallace's book marks a new departure in contemporary criticism, as she combines the flair of a popular journalist with the rigor of a committed scholar. Invisibility Blues is certain to become a landmark in cultural studies and a fundamental document in the history of black feminism.
"Michele Wallace keeps her eyes open and her wits about her. Scrupulously fair, honest, funny, clever, wise." - Angela Carter "One of the most talented and provocative cultural critics now writing in the USA. Listen and learn! - Cornel West "Always provocative, always intelligent, Wallace is not only a keenly incisive critical voice, but a humane and generous one as well." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Series: Haymarket (Paperback)
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st November 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 14.96 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1