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Outlaw Culture
Resisting Representations

ISBN 9780415389587
Published May 12, 2006 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

According to the Washington Post, no one who cares about contemporary African-American cultures can ignore bell hooks' electrifying feminist explorations. Targeting cultural icons as diverse as Madonna and Spike Lee, Outlaw Culture presents a collection of essays that pulls no punches. As hooks herself notes, interrogations of popular culture can be a ‘powerful site for intervention, challenge and change’. And intervene, challenge and change is what hooks does best.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Heartbeat of Cultural Revolution  1. Power to the Pussy - We Don't Wannabe Dicks in Drag  2. Altars of Sacrifice - Re-Membering Basquiat  3. What's Passion Got to Do with It ? An Interview with Marie-France Alderman  4. Seduction and Betrayal - The Crying Game Meets The Bodyguard  5. Censorship from Left and Right  6. Talking Sex - Beyond the Patriarchal Phallic Imaginary  7. Camille Paglia - 'Black' Pagan or White Colonizer  8. Dissident Heat - Fire with Fire  9. Katie Roiphe - A Little Feminist Excess Goes a Long Way  10. Seduced by Violence No More  11. Gangsta Culture - Sexism and Misogyny - Who Will Take the Rap  12. Ice Cube Culture - A Shared Passion for Speaking Truth  13. Spending Culture - Marketing the Black Underclass  14. Spike Lee Doing Malcolm X - Denying Black Pain  15. Seeing and Making Culture - Representing the Poor  16. Back to Black - Ending Internalized Racism  17. Malcolm X - The Longed-For Feminist Manhood  18. Columbus - Gone but Not Forgotten  19. Moving into and beyond Feminism - Just for the Joy of It  20. Love as the Practice of Freedom

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bell hooks (b. 1951) is mainly known as a feminist thinker, although her writings cover a broad range of topics on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture. She is Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York.


'[hooks] made a choice to write for the largest possible audience, to change the greatest number of lives.' - Times Higher Education Supplement