Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Naming What Hurts
9
Embracing Diversity
26
Women and Race Relations
39
ReImagining the Past
58
The Reinvention of Malcolm X
71
Resurrecting Henrietta Lacks
81
On Spiritual Conversion
92
11 A Community of Caring
136
12 Bonding Across Boundaries
143
Saying No to White Supremacy
153
14 Against Mediocrity
160
15 Black SelfDetermination
165
Working for Change
172
17 Writing Beyond Race
184
18 The Practice of Love
191

A Dialogue About Crash
98
A Dialogue About Precious
123

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A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.

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