Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures

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MIT Press, 1990 - Art - 446 pages
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Out There addresses the theme of cultural marginalization - the process whereby various groups are excluded from access to and participation in the dominant culture. It engages fundamental issues raised by attempts to define such concepts as mainstream, minority, and "other," and opens up new ways of thinking about culture and representation. All of the texts deal with questions of representation in the broadest sense, encompassing not just the visual but also the social and psychological aspects of cultural identity.Included are important theoretical writings by Homi Bhabha, Helene Cixous, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and Monique Wittig. Their work is juxtaposed with essays on more overtly personal themes, often autobiographical, by Gloria Anzaldua, Bell Hooks, and Richard Rodriguez, among others.This rich anthology brings together voices from many different marginalized groups - groups that are often isolated from each other as well as from the dominant culture. It joins issues of gender, race, sexual preference, and class in one forum but without imposing a false unity on the diverse cultures represented. Each piece in the book subtly changes the way every other piece is read.While several essays focus on specific issues in art, such as John Yau's piece on Wilfredo Lam in the Museum of Modern Art, or James Clifford's on collecting art, others draw from debates in literature, film, and critical theory to provide a much broader context than is usually found in work aimed at an art audience. Topics range from the functions of language to the role of public art in the city, from gay pornography to the meanings of black hair styles.Out There also includes essays by Rosalyn Deutsche, Richard Dyer, Kobena Mercer, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Gerald Vizenor and Simon Watney, as well as by the editors.Copublished with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Distributed by The MIT Press.

 

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Contents

Directors Foreword Marcia Tucker
7
Invisible Center Russell Ferguson
9
Critical Contexts
17
The New Cultural Politics of Difference Cornel West
19
Modernism Postmodernism and the Problem of the Michele Wallace Visual in AfroAmerican Culture
39
The Straight Mind Monique Wit
51
What is a Minor Literature? Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
59
Difference Discrimination and Homi K Bhabha the Discourse of Colonialism
71
Women Redefining Audre Lorde Difference
281
Coming to Terms Richard Dyer
289
The Site of Memory Ton Morrison
299
Displacement and Resistance
325
Cotton and Iron Trinh T Minhha
327
Talking Back bell hooks
337
marginality as site of resistance
341
Castration or Decapitation? Helene Cixous
346

AIDS Africa and Race Simon Watney
89
Public Art in New York City Rosalyn Deutsche
107
Please Wait By the Coatroom John
133
On Collecting Art and Culture James Clifford
141
Affirming Identities
171
The Names We Give Ourselves Martha Gever
191
How to Tame a Wild Tongue Gloria Anzaldua
203
Repetition as a Figure of Black Culture James A Snead
213
Mourning and Militancy Douglas Crimp
233
Black HairStyle Politics Kobena Mercer
247
Complexion Richard Rodriguez
265
Reflections on Exile Edward Said
357
Linda Peckham Speaking Apartheid
367
Marginalia Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
377
Traces of a Journey
395
Mythic Reversals and the Striptease Gerald Vizenor in Four Scenes
411
Contributors
421
Illustrations
424
Reprint Sources
425
Select Bibliography
427
Index
439
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Russell Ferguson, associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has recently written In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O'Hara and American Art and an Essay in Gillian Wearing.

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