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Talking back : thinking feminist, thinking black
hooks, bell
Adult Nonfiction E185.86.H74 1989

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hooks, a pen name for Gloria Watkins, the author of Ain't I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism , here gathers essays that also focus on being black and feminist in America. She begins by recounting painful personal experiences: growing up in a repressive, Southern, ``father-dominated household,'' attending a segregated high school, struggling to find her own, persuasive voice and become a writer, and learning to deal with racism and sexism while studying at ``predominately white universities'' in Wisconsin and California. Hooks then moves on to a general discussion of the women's movement and how ``white supremacy'' in our society adversely affects it. Although the author makes perceptive and provocative observations, they are diminished by redundancy and weakened by her doctrinaire Marxist rhetoric: ``In resistance, the exploited, the oppressed work to expose the false realityto reclaim and recover ourselves. We make the revolutionary history.'' In addition, the author employs labels such as ``got everything White people.'' Ultimately, she fails to convince or even to use her own voice. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Activist/academician hooks ( Ain't I a Woman: Black Women & Feminism and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center ) has here collected 23 of her angry, intelligent, critical, and compelling essays on subjects as diverse as writing autobiography, teaching women's literature, black homophobia, intimate violence, racist feminists, black porn, and politics at Yale. Her blend of the personal and theoretical, political and intellectual, provides a unique perspective on issues of current concern among blacks, women, and educators. Her writing is lucid, confrontational, and challengingsure to offend a few but, it is to be hoped, sought after by those whose collections include the original, humorous, and courageous. Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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